Developing countries invested more in green power

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Global New Investment in Renewable Energy by Region from 2004 to 2014

Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported beautiful news. Since 2013 the world develops more capacity for the generation of green electricity than there is for coal, gas and oil together!

143 GigaWatts renewables versus 141 GigaWatts fossils.

And even better: the developing countries India, Kenya and Brazil have been investing more in renewables than all OESO countries together! Read More

Precision Agriculture Technologies for Dry Area

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Maximising data driven technology in the Agriculture

In previous blogs we mentioned the increasing issues in dry areas in the world. Think of Sao Paulo, Brazil and California, USA, with almost no water anymore in lakes, rivers and aquifers.

All kind of measures have been taken to increase the water use of people and industries. But which technologies are available to increase the water use in agriculture and still can rely on better harvests?
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Warning: El Nino in 2015?

El Nino treathens Central America, Climate Change, Floods, Dehydration, Drought, Australia, Azia, Brazil, sea level

Unusual warming of waters in the central equatorial Pacific has prompted the US government to declare an El Nino event and predict a better-than-even chance that it will linger through the middle of the year.

The main meteorological agencies have declared 2014 to have been the hottest year globally on record.

The rising ocean temperature are reason to believe that the El Nino-like conditions may result in 2015 setting new highs.

This year was beginning to resemble 1988, a warm year that followed a big El Nino event.

And so 2015 could be another warmest year! Read More

Rainy Carnival in Rio and Sao Paulo

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Deforestation with total loss of the Amazon – 2012

The weather system that scorched São Paulo has dissipated. Rain fell there and in Rio during the recent Carnival celebrations, and more is likely in weeks ahead.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the rainy season usually ends in April, so many more dry months lie ahead that will shrink the water supplies even more. Read More

Needed: Amazon Green 4-helix Cooperation in Brazil

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Clean water in the Amazon is essential for Indians in the Amazon and all Brazilian civilians

The planning and implementation of a new approach to water resource management in the Amazon region will need to involve the four dimensions of a green helix initiative:

  1. government
  2. universities and research centers
  3. private sector
  4. non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

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Water infrastructure Sao Paulo inadequate

Climate change, water shortage, clean drinking water, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Climate change, water shortage, clean drinking water, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo suffers from water shortages. One of the main causes Sao Paulo suffers is because the infrastructure had not been updated during the growth of Sao Paulo. The reservoirs are no longer adequate for this huge city of 20 million inhabitants. Read More

65% of China is running out of water

Climate change, clean water, drinking water, China, groundwater

China is one of the world’s largest water-using nations and is considered by the UN as one of the 13 countries with serious shortage of water.

China is running out of water. People in cities like Shanghai already search for water by drilling for groundwater themselves.

Throughout the city you see water hoses hanging at private houses providing groundwater because the supply of water from the tap is already for months heavily rationed by the government.

Already, water is scarce for two-thirds of China’s 660 cities and as China’s economy expands, so will its demand for water. Read More

Brazilian boost renewable energy

Renewable energy for Brazil

Brazil started with Solar Power by building World Cup stadiums with solar panels

Today Brazil starts it first national renewable energy auction. The special category Solar Power may may spur as much as $1 billion dollar investment and gives a boost to the Brazilian solar market. That’s what Bloomberg reports today.

The Brazil Electric Energy Trading Board may buy 2 gigawatts of renewable energy, and 500 megawatts must come from solar power, according to 3 analysts.  Read More

Sao Paolo upgrades a water treatment plant for industrial reuse of water

Sao Paolo waste water treatment

Sao Paolo waste water treatment plant

The Aquapolo project was initiated to address new government regulations to restrict industrial use of potable water in São Paulo.

Aquapolo will supply the Capuava Petrochemical Complex of Mauá, located in São Paulo’s ABC region, thereby conserving enough drinking water to continuously supply a population of 300,000 people. Read More

The Guarani Aquifer important source of fresh water for Brazil

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The Guarani Aquifer, located beneath the surface of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, is one of the world’s largest aquifer systems of the world

The Guarani Aquifer, located beneath the surface of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, is one of the world’s largest aquifer systems. Of course this enormous reservoir is an important source of fresh water for the regio. The countries over the aquifer are also the original four ‘Mercosur countries’. Since 2010 they work together in managing the Guarani Aquifer System. 

The Guarani Aquifer is named after the Guarani people, it covers 460,000 square miles.

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Is the Melbourne water infrastructure example for Sao Paulo?

Melbourne water management

The West Werribee project will provide high quality recycled water to 20,000 homes when complete in 2014

A record $182.2 million has been invested by City West Water in vital water infrastructure in theMelbourne (Australia) in the 2012-13 financial year. 

Total water purchased for the year was 103.2 billion litres, with average residential consumption per customer remaining relatively low at 157 litres of water per person. Is Melbourne an example for Sao Paulo Brazil? Read More

Cities Loose Water From Failing Infrastructure

Water management, water leaks, city infrastructure, water management, climate change

It’s time cities fix their water leaks

It’s time cities fix their water leaks. Water loss from failing infrastructure, faulty metering and flat-out theft costs money, and often means lost revenue for utilities and higher rates for consumers. Between 1996 and 2010, the cost of water services in the U.S. rose by nearly 90 percent! Read More

Water storage in cities

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Rotterdam car-park, which doubles as one of the Netherlands’ largest underground water storage facilities, capable of holding 10 million liters

The construction of additional water storage facilities and water plazas, and the provision of incentives for green roofs, all help to preserve the optimal quality of life in the city despite the drastic climate change. Read More

World Bank gives the Dutch prominent role in addressing global water issues

Interaguas Project, WorldBank, Brazil, Water crisis, Dehydration

The WorldBank supports also Brazil with the Interaguas Project towards an integrated approach of water management.

The World Bank wants to give the Netherlands a more active role in advising on real solutions to address the global water challenges. Read More

WorldBank project Brazil Federal Integrated Water – Interaquas – money lost?

Interaguas Project, WorldBank, Brazil, Water crisis, Dehydration

The WorldBank supports Brazil with the Interaguas Project towards an integrated approach of water management. Still there is a Water Crisis going on.

The objective of the Federal Integrated Water Sector –Interaguas Project – is to supports the Government of Brazil to improve the coordination and strengthen the capacity among key federal institutions in the water sector toward an integrated approach. It started in 2011

 

Where did the US$ 107.33 million go to? We don’t see any progress!

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