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Wetland Solutions for People and Nature

by Wetlands International  (May 12, 2015)

Wetlands act as water sources, sinks and purifiers. They protect our shores. They are Earth’s greatest natural carbon stores. They support abundant and unique nature. But we have lost so much of our wetland treasure. And those that remain are under growing pressure. This makes people and nature vulnerable. It’s time to reverse the ...

Closing the (widening) gap between natural water resources and water needs in the Jordan River Basin: a long-term perspective

by IWA Publishing  (May 21, 2015)

The supply of renewable natural water available in a sustainable fashion in the Jordan River Basin, comprising Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, will soon drop below 100 m3/person/year. Drawing on recent technological progress and policy innovations, a comprehensive policy to address the region's water problems in the long run ...

How Food Waste Costs Our Cities Millions

by GLOBE Foundation  (May 19, 2015)

It would take farm land the size of Mexico just to grow the amount of food that humans produce, but do not eat, every year. More food goes uneaten at the consumption phase of the supply chain—in places like homes, restaurants and cafeterias—than at any other stage. Almost all urban areas experience high levels of food waste—food ...

Three ways to strengthen IPCC reports

by SciDev.Net  (May 5, 2015)

As the UN’s COP 21 meeting in Paris, France, draws closer, the future of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is under consideration. In numerous consultations from Nairobi to Berlin, member countries and scientists are discussing what’s next for the body whose scientific assessments have underpinned the UN ...

What Effect Does E-Waste Have On Groundwater?

by Electronic Recyclers International, Inc (ERI)  (May 4, 2015)

Groundwater is one of the most precious resources on Earth. Its yields supply water to nearly every community in the country, and without it, most of us would be driven to drastic measures to accommodate drought conditions. In fact, that very situation is happening in communities across the nation. As groundwater is increasingly negatively ...

What Has ISO 9001 Done for Me Lately?

by Intelex Technologies Inc.  (Apr. 28, 2015)

I know…you’ve all been wondering – What has ISO 9001 done for me lately?  Well, fasten your seat belts and get ready for a wild ride. The new ISO 9001:2015 standard is not just about compliance. It’s about implementing a  ...

Building Safety Redefined

by ASTM International  (Apr. 27, 2015)

Buildings today can meet societal and personal needs like never before, and standards are part of the picture. Robert A. Ivy, CEO of the American Institute of Architects, explains. How do you think building safety will be redefined in this century? Along with the sorts of natural and man-made hazards that have always been at issue, such as fires ...

Scaling-up investments in natural infrastructure

by Wetlands International  (Apr. 2, 2015)

Wetlands occur wherever water meets land. These deltas, marshes, rivers, lakes and watersheds are the water systems that link the natural world and human societies, and make it possible to clean, store and provide water to grow food and run businesses. As we prepare to participate in ...

Will natural gas dim solar’s shine?

by Ensia  (Mar. 9, 2015)

As natural gas booms, renewable energy proponents ponder whether it will serve as a bridge or roadblock to photovoltaic power On the outskirts of downtown St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy’s High Bridge Generating Station offers an iconic view of the current state of electrical generation in the United ...

Utilisation competitions over ecological resources: uncovering the social nature of the environmental problem

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jan. 7, 2015)

One principle of the sustainable development strategy is to maintain the ecological integrity of our bio–physical environment. Another is the preservation of capacities for economic development in contemporary societies. In order to examine if both goals can be combined the social dynamics of emerging environmental problems need to be ...

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