Scarcity of fresh water is the biggest world problem according to the Nature Conservancy. A lot of cities suffer under water stress.
A quarter of the planet will experience severe water shortages one month per year by 2030. Read More
Storming Water costs lives and a lot of money. Last winter, more than 15,000 homes and businesses in just eight council areas in the USA were flooded, a survey has revealed.
In October, the US President has declared a federal disaster for storming water and floods that struck 8 countries during late August 2016
The research for the Local Government Association found that councils were still helping flood-hit homes recover.
Councils are encouraging people to check if they are at risk of flooding this year, to sign up to flood warnings and make sure their homes are prepared. Read More
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!
This is a great low cost, green and rapid solution for a new river barrier.
The UK suffered from floods in 2014. Neptune has an answer to it.
This barrier does not have to be knocked down and rebuilt. Its height can easily be increased on site responding to any unexpected increase in sea levels whenever they might occur. Read More
In Europe we know this permeable or porous concrete saves may lives during the year. Why? Because the road stays dry, even with stormy weather. And we will face an increasing lot of storms the upcoming years.
A lot of countries don’t invest in permeable concrete. But maybe this system will change their minds.
Porous concrete on roads means: less traffic noise and the end of splashing water and aquaplaning
The average motorist appreciates the comfort of the porous coating. But there are also disadvantages:
In Japan, floods have caused devastations. Torrential rains are associated with former Tropical Storm Etau shifted north after dumping unprecedented rainfall on parts of eastern Japan, last Wednesday and Thursday.
More than a hundred thousand people had to flee because of the high water, which sometimes even carried houses along.
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?
According to a new study from researchers at the University of California and NASA about 33% of the aquifers is under stress.
Water managers: Start using less, water by efficient water processes. Read More
The next years billions of euros will be spent on waterworks which will make the Netherlands climate proof.
Investments that are not confined to the increase of one dike, but also focus on a regional approach.
An approach that encourages cooperation, and shines the light on the specialized knowledge from the Dutch. Read More
The Amazon is at great risk due to climate change and human-driven industrial development, including dams, mining, agribusiness and fossil fuel extraction.
A hydro dam in Ethiopia will have enormous consequences for Lake Turkana in Kenya: the largest desert lake in the world. Experts fear that the lake will change into a desert.
This summer the Gilgel Gibe 3 dam will close the River Omo.
The first two (out of ten), turbines will start and fill the reservoir.
By 2016, the dam will be fully operational. Read More
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:
Companies and public organisations like hospitals, still don’t focus on corporate water risks as largely external to the company.
However, with demand set to increase even further by 55% in 2050 (OECD Outlook 2050) and deteriorating water quality (OECD, Anthony Cox), companies are facing the need to expand their perspectives. Read More
A new green technology has been developed to avoid water waste when recycling plastic that doesn’t require liquids, according to Mexican recycling company, AK Inovex.
As a result of the heavy floods in 2014, the UK starts a training centre for flood professionals.
The training centre will ensure they can satisfy the increased demand and will set industrial benchmarks for flood defense installation standards to reduce risks in the future. Read More