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Saudi Arabia’s National Water Company Increases Water Storage

by CST Industries Inc.  (Apr. 15, 2015)

In 2012 the National Water Company (NWC) of Saudi Arabia undertook the enormous project of developing 43 wells and 46 water purification stations in 27 separate locations to provide sustainable potable water systems near Riyadh. To accomplish this task in a short six-month timeframe, contractors around the world were brought in to provide the ...

New possibilities in recycling end-of-life tyres

by Tana Oy  (Apr. 2, 2015)

There are many innovative ways to give a new life to the end-of-life tyres - in a way which is profitable both to the waste handler and the environment. This introductive article gives a big picture about this relatively new business area. Recycling used tyres is a global challenge. In the United States alone, an average of 250 million tyres are ...

The County council in Val de Marne, France install a second Big Hanna composter in Valenton

by Susteco AB  (Apr. 8, 2015)

The County council in Val de Marne located south east of Paris, continue to implement their policy of sustainable development and management of food waste by installing a second Big Hanna modell T120 to convert the organic food waste from the canteen at the county technical department in Valenton. ...

Heavy Metal(s)

by Arrow Electronics  (Apr. 7, 2015)

“Heavy metal” isn’t associated only with rock music. In sustainability, it refers to real metals like cadmium, mercury and lead. And we can all agree that while a little heavy metal ringing in our earphones is OK, we really don’t want to find heavy metals in our water or soil. However, they’re in the electronics ...

Why it’s time to elevate groundwater

by The World Bank  (Apr. 9, 2015)

Groundwater stored in the earth’s crust underpins all our lives – the ultimate source of freshwater for billions has become victim of over-extraction and the ultimate sink for pollutants.   For too long, not enough has been done to regulate the use of this precious, on-demand resource and manage disposal of waste. If rates of ...

Can Social Enterprise Help 700 Million Who Lack Access to Clean Water?

by DelAgua Group  (Apr. 1, 2015)

The problem of global water access is as intransigent as they come. Some 768 million people – more than the population of Europe – still lack access to clean water. Likewise, this year’s Millennium Development Goal target of halving the number of people without sanitation will be missed by ...

Exxon CEO talks Arctic oil drilling, risks, lessons

by Associated Press  (Apr. 2, 2015)

The Arctic is the next great frontier for oil and gas - and one of the most environmentally fragile places on earth. An Energy Department advisory council study adopted last week said the U.S. should start exploring for oil and gas in the Arctic soon in order to feed future demand, and that the industry is ready to safely exploit the Arctic's ...

Can saltwater quench our growing thirst?

by Ensia  (Apr. 13, 2015)

An increasingly water-stressed world takes a new look at desalination. It seems simple enough: Take the salt out of water so it’s drinkable. But it’s far more complex than it appears at first glance. It’s also increasingly crucial in a world where freshwater resources are progressively strained by population growth, ...

Who really is responsible for climate change and industrial emissions policy in Canada?

by GLOBE Foundation  (Mar. 24, 2015)

There seems to be no end to press releases announcing good things to deal with climate change and equally no end to criticism for alleged failings in this regard. All three levels of government share in the plaudits and criticisms for achievements or failures related to climate change, which is understandable given the lack of clarity as to who ...

Soil is a non-renewable resource. Its preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future

by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)  (Mar. 3, 2015)

Soil is a finite resource, meaning its loss and degradation is not recoverable within a human lifespan. As a core component of land resources, agricultural development and ecological sustainability, it is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for many critical ecosystem services. It is therefore a highly valuable natural ...

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