Cape Town is running out of water

Cape Town is running out of water

Helicopters release water bombs to stop the wildfire but they are afraid to use salty sea water because that damages the vegetation.

Cape Town, South Africa is running out of water. The city has been struck by severe drought and there is enough water for just 100 days.

Just like Sao Paulo in 2015, citizens are asked to conserve and reduce their water supply. Kevin Winter, lecturer at the University of Cape Town Environmental and Geographical Sciences: 

“We can’t see any rain on the horizon. And right now, in terms of dam storage levels, we’re probably approaching the ‘100 days left of storage.

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ECN captures CO2

ECN captures CO2

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ECN – a Dutch research on energy company – claims a breakthrough in CO2 removal technology.

The company is focussing on CO2 capturing and the reuse of CO2.

With the SEWGS technology (Sorption-Enhanced Water Gas Shift), in just one proces step, coal and gas plants, wil operate cheaper and more energy efficient.  Read More

Crucial minerals are running out fast

Crucial minerals are running out fast

Miners use their bare hands to filter out precious minerals using a sluice. These countries can be compensated of we agree on international quotas for minerals

Critical minerals are running out too fast: there should be quotas

Last week, Theo Henckens has been promoted on this worrying thesis. “We need a kind of international agreement on minerals.”

Molybdenum is a mineral that is essential in the production of high-grade stainless steels. But within 80 years Earth will be running out of molybdenum, like many other major minerals. By the end of this century there will be a shortage, unless the reuse of molybdenum will be drastically increased. Read More

A complete circular building

Thomas Rau created a real circular building

Circular building is more than reusing the existing structure. All added materials, such as the concrete tiles, furniture and the insulation material, are recycled products and materials.

How do you give four dated bunched offices a second life without wasting material? Simple: build circular.

Energy Company Liander did it.

We have seen it. And it’s an amazing ‘new’ future proof and circular building. Read More

LA goal: 100% renewables

LA goal: 100% renewables

The City of Los Angeles took a significant step toward realizing its global leadership potential. Mayor Garcetti released LA’s first-ever urban sustainability plan: the pLAn.

LA City Council members Paul Krekorian and Mike Bonin coauthored legislation for a fast route to 100% renewables for LA. With an appreciative nod from the Sierra Club, the news reported at 11district.com follows:

“LADWP is on the verge of making significant investments in its infrastructure, and with that 100-year-old power system in need of significant upgrades, the city has an opportunity to re-create its utility in a way that recognizes the potential for a fossil-free future, demonstrates global leadership in its commitment to clean energy, and protects ratepayers from the increasing costs of carbon-based fuels.”

Under the current plan, emissions are expected to drop. Under a new plan, they could drop to zero!

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Mendez builds homes using Discarded Plastic

Mendez builds homes using Discarded Plastic

‘Cauca project’ in Colombia developed with recycled plastic components by Concepts Plastics

Colombian architect Oscar Mendez is building homes for the homeless, using discarded plastic. 

We give credits to the guy who came up with this invention. He is helping so many people and families.

Let’s ensure this solution spreads all around the world. Not just for homeless, he can sell it for sheds, storage, parking garage etc… Great idea!!! Read More

App Cuts Sprinkler Water

App Cuts Irrigation Water

The system is ​said to save 50 ​–​70% of ​landscape water ​consumption. And please, use grey water for irrigation

This mobile App saves up to 70% allowing users to customize and control their irrigation systems from their phone. 

Never been easier to commit to a sustainable community. Even when you are not at home!

What if you lawn needs to be watered and you are not at home?  Read More

How Companies Can Benefit from the Circular Economy

The circular economy represents a viable alternative to this detrimental “linear” model. Rather than going from “cradle to grave,” this new development pathway promotes ‘cradle to cradle‘. 

In this type of economy, company growth is no longer reliant on the use of scarce resources.

Instead, it is achieved through the use of disruptive technology and business models that are based on longevity, renewability, reuse, repair, upgrade, refurbishment, capacity sharing, and dematerialization. Read More

Nepal, the worst scenario

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Let’s give them hope. It’s not all karma. It’s your support they need.

This beautiful and peaceful country sufferd from a huge earthquake.

More than 9,000 people were killed.

Now they have to rebuild their country.

But the new government took most of our fund raised money.  Read More

The circular, green, future in 2050

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The approach of circular economy is: make – use – maintain/ reuse/ remanufacture/ recycle. Waste should be seen as source of valuable resources. Products should be repaired, remanufactured and reused.
A genius idea in times when resources get scarce – be it oil, water or different metals and when the world has to face a growing population. It is estimated that 9.2 billion people will live on earth in 2050 (UN).

The world in 2050: That world is a fair, high-tech and sustainable one – with advances that mean food for all, a reformed capitalism, and a circular economy.

But the road getting there will not be easy.

The more I look at the two sides – the environment and the economy – the more convinced I become that the way forward is to fully integrate resource efficiency into the way we live and do business in the world.

We know why a circular economy is a good idea. At the moment the world is still locked into a linear production chain that is resource intensive. We obtain resources and then discard them as waste.

In a circular economy, almost nothing is wasted. Read More

This is why we should clean up our debris

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You find a trace of cans, bottles, packs, plastic carrier bags and packaging for fast food along popular hiking paths and even in the middle of the forest.

A safe and harmonious society is a clean society, says Sander van Walsum. Every day he picks up litter and cleans roads and parks for the society! A self made volunteer that can’t stand the increasing mess in the community.

Along the way I pick all sorts of rubbish. Most of it are packaging materials and plastic bags.

Why do we have to clean up our rubbish

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CSR trends 2015

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Giving opportunities to everyone: regardless of age, health or limitations. That is CSR. Strategic entrepreneurs give every talent a chance. They are working towards an inclusive society

Do you want to capitalize on corporate social responsibility trends (CRS)?

BetterWorldSolutions has made an overview of the seven CSR trends of 2015.

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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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Fertilizer from urine festival visitors

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Alcohol in the urine? That is no objection. Urine is filled with nitrogen and phosphate, useful substances, which do just fine as fertilizer in agriculture.

During the Nijmegen ‘99th Four Days Marches event, all visitors will be invited to pee not in nature or against churches on special toilets. For 7 days their urine will be collected.

The goal: reuse the huge pool as fertilizer for the growth and development of vegetables and plants. Read More

Roadmap to a Circular Economy in Europe

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Step by step the economy is changing from a linear to a circular process

We are running out of our resources: fossils, precious metals and even water. Our demand for resources keeps on growing. We are reaching the planet exceeds.

And now the good news: We know what the problems are. And we know how to solve it… Resource efficiency!

Let’s go circular. Read More

Save energy without anyone noticing

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The Sustainable Energy Test Site on the roof of the University Utrecht is one of the five Sustainable Roof Plans of the province of Utrecht

Ron Brenk is senior project manager building management.

Brenk coordinates the technical maintenance of the 10 buildings of the University of Utrecht. Read More

Israel’s best practices how to win drought

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Drip irrigation’s compostable plastic pipes for sustainable agriculture

Israel’s turnaround came with a seven-year drought, one of the most severe to hit modern Israel, that began in 2005 and peaked in the winter of 2008 to 2009.

The country needed to introduce measures and become drought resistant.

Now, the country has enough water for people, industries and agri.

What did they do? Lessons learned from a country where every drop of water counts.
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Industry: get ready for less water and more efficient use

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Power savings from the differential $20,000.00 – $35,000.00pa depending on demand

It’s time for the industry to take responsibility for sustainable use of industrial water. Let’s start to reduce, reuse and recover all industrial (waste) water.

Water managers: Start using less, water by efficient water processes. Read More