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Even the U.S. House knows about global water shortage

With the members of the U.S. House of Representative Republican caucus usually at loggerheads over everything except their own legislation, it was a little surprising to see (Aug. 7) some old-fashioned bipartisan bill-crafting (Blumenauer D-Oregon, Poe R-Texas) trying to tighten the useful impact of U.S. water assistance money as foreign aid. Simultaneously, a house hearing […]
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Water shortage = Business problem

There is at least one global environmental issue that appears to have the business world’s attention: water shortage. For evidence, this is the text on the cover page of a new report (November, 2010) by the Carbon Disclosure Project, a non-profit based in London that holds the largest corporation oriented climate change information in the […]
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Groundwater depletion and ‘virtual water’

Groundwater loss in cubic liters per year…..Credit: American Geophysical Union Of the most useful water for humans, groundwater – water that flows or resides underground – comprises about 30% of the total. Another 1% is surface water. The rest is water locked in glaciers and polar ice caps. As you might expect, it’s difficult to […]
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New study: Potential U.S. water shortage by 2050

Water index (short of demand) 2050, United States…Credit: NRDC In a study conducted by Tetra Tech, Inc. for the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a major U.S. conservation group, more than 1,100 counties in the United States will face water shortages by 2050. Over 400 counties will experience extreme water shortage conditions. These findings are […]
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Report: Water shortage risk ranked by country

Problems such as the growing shortage of fresh water (drinkable or industrial grade) are not just public or governmental concerns. Agriculture, manufacturing, and general business also require copious, inexpensive and reliable sources of water – so it’s not surprising that research organizations that cater to business needs also take the problems seriously. Such is the […]
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Lloyd’s Report: Water scarcity a threat to business

“Catastrophic global water shortage is a greater global risk than soaring food prices and exhaustion of energy reserves during the 21st century.” This is not the voice of left or right (political) activism. This is not the agenda of this or that research group. This is the voice of sober (British) business thinking, emanating from […]
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Purifying public drinking water with UV light

One issue is the shortage of water for human use. Another, related, issue is the even greater shortage of water that is fit to drink. Every decade the percentage of water that must be treated before it becomes potable grows – and treatment is expensive. This is a third issue. Treating large volumes of water […]
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A framework for thinking about a healthy planet

We should be angry when information that must be widely available – something with real public impact – is sequestered behind a paywall. This is by way of putting some emotional steam into an important article in the eminent Scientific American, April 2010, titled Boundaries for a Healthy Planet. Why is this article important? The […]
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NoMix toilet tech: Urine and feces not to mix

The following subject matter is giggle-prone. Nevertheless, it’s serious technology. I don’t know how other languages handle this, but in the United States we can have expressions that use ‘going’ #1 and #2 (urine and feces). This separation in language may have profound implications for what is called no-mix technology, specifically – the NoMix toilet. […]
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Satellites see California sucked dry

According to GRACE (two satellites called the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment), within six years drought and irrigation in central California and the Sierra Nevada mountains has lost enough water to equal Lake Meade, the largest reservoir in the United States. GRACE is (are?) satellites that monitor the miniscule differences in Earth’s field of gravity. […]
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