Technology

Water Utilities  4,400 water utilities in more than 135 countries were analyzed for a report released by The World Bank entitled the International Benchmarking Network Water Supply and Sanitation Blue Book 2014. According to the publication, utilities worldwide have continued to improve and expand services overall, but have faced challenges in delivering wastewater services due […]

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Water Supply Saudi Arabia’s national water company is beginning work on the country’s largest water storage project, which will provide water to the capital city of Riyadh, Bloomberg News reported. The project will eventually hold more than 10 million cubic meters of water, and is part of a $US 13.5 billion national effort to invest […]

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Water Shortages Water levels in the primary reservoirs that supply Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, have reached just 7.6 percent of capacity—worse than before the city’s utility tapped the “dead” water volume at the bottom of the reservoirs in May, Bloomberg News reported. The city is now turning to the very last level of water […]

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Extreme Weather Some of the biggest water stories of 2013 involved extreme weather, including the “Himalayan Tsunami” in India, a record-breaking typhoon in the Philippines, and powerful floods and droughts from Canada to Brazil. This photo slideshow published by the Guardian captures some of the most intense weather of the year. Extreme weather events are […]

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Climate Change Under a worse-case scenario in which global temperatures rise 4 degrees Celsius, most of the world would experience interrelated stresses to water, agriculture, ecosystems, and public health, with 18 percent of the population experiencing “severe pressure” in each category, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, […]

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Water Investment An increase in global water investment to 2.2 percent of the world’s gross domestic product could yield a net $US 1 trillion in economic benefits each year, according to a new study released by the United Nations, AlertNet reported. This level of investment, over 20 years, would give everyone in the world access […]

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Water Supply There will likely be a “rapid increase” in the amount of wastewater used globally for irrigation and drinking water as the costs to recycle become competitive with measures to secure scarcer fresh water, according to a study from Japan’s Totorri University and the U.N. University, Reuters reported. North America produces enough treated wastewater […]

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Energy Of 274 coal plants nationwide that discharge coal ash and scrubber wastewater into waterways, at least 16 are in Michigan, according to a new report released by the Sierra Club. “This report makes it clear that DTE needs a lesson in common sense: dumping poisons into our water without disclosing threatens the health, drinking […]

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Development Spanish resort town Chiclana de la Frontera is piloting the first global plant to convert waste water to usable energy, Reuters reported. Named “All-gas”, the plant uses carbon dioxide to produce algae biomass, which by 2015 will to be able to power 200 cars for a year. During a spending panel Wednesday, Baltimore residents […]

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Floods The Netherlands’ new ‘Digital Delta’ project, headed by IBM, will collate vast and currently disparate data sets in order to better manage water resources in the country, The Wall Street Journal reported. The 1-year project aims to improve flood prediction and response, but will also provide an information “platform” for water entrepreneurs and scientists. […]

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Political action and technological advances are cutting down on the transfer of invasive species via ballast water.

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Can something be made of nothing? According to the research of 16-year-old Ajay Krishnan, the answer is yes. A research enthusiast since the sixth grade, Krishnan — now a junior at Oregon Episcopal School — found a way to produce hydrogen gas from wastewater utilizing microbial electrolysis cells. For his work in renewable energy, Krishnan […]

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Technology Researchers at Michigan State University are developing flexible films that, when placed in sandy soil, could increase water retention efficiency by up to 20 times, Gizmag reported. The technology aims to boost crop production during droughts, and may have the added benefit of protecting groundwater from agricultural chemicals and fertilizers. Water Supply and Infrastructure […]

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Rohini Nilekani began her career as a journalist and writer. But upon marrying Nadan Nilekani — co-founder of the Indian tech-consulting firm Infosys — and coming into some money, she sought a cause to support financially. “I was looking for an area that would make sense to me and that would also have some kind […]

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A new poll from Gallup asked people in 140 countries how satisfied they were with their air and water quality. The results, which you can find here, show that those in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are least satisfied with their water. Engineers have unveiled a way to clean water without using filters that […]

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A new analysis from the Pacific Institute evaluates the water needs for different energy futures and identifies a growing risk of conflicts between electricity production and water availability in the U.S. Intermountain West.

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Severe water shortages due to the La Nina weather pattern are threatening island communities in the South Pacific. Six months of low rainfall have left Tuvalu and Tokelau in a state of emergency and relying on bottled water. Officials also worry that the lack of rain will damage crops and spur a food shortage, according […]

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Global climate-protection spending totaled a record $567 billion last year, a 7 percent increase, Bloomberg reported. Latin America led the world in climate revenue increases with strong growth in its low-carbon energy production, as well as in the water, waste and pollution-control sectors. China is launching this month a nation-wide check on water consumption in […]

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The Yellow River Basin is the center of a contest over water, energy, and agriculture.

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Chinese North-South Transfer Project

Authorities anticipate approval for new western line to tap energy reserves. Sparks and the blue flare of arc welders, like hot stars in the night sky, illuminate the interior of a massive water tunnel that crosses underneath the Yellow River.

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