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What`s at Stake: The debate over Arctic Drilling

by Associated Press  (May 14, 2015)

Royal Dutch Shell is planning to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle's waterfront before they head north - but the petrochemical giant will first have to get around protesters in kayaks and others who want to thwart the new frontier in oil exploration and spark a national debate about fossil fuels and climate change. Here's a ...

ENPI-SEIS East Region Synthesis Report - Building a Shared Environmental Information System with the Eastern Neighbourhood

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Apr. 21, 2015)

Since 2010, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has been engaging countries of the Eastern European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP-East) (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) in a partnership: the aim to improve national capacities for managing and sharing environmental data and information. This cooperation was implemented ...

Risk-based approach to manage aging urban water main infrastructure

by IWA Publishing  (May 11, 2015)

The growing number of challenges in how to manage aging infrastructures, while maintaining a suitable level of service, have become major problems for many municipal water utility companies. As a result, municipalities are increasingly considering the concept of risk assessment and prioritization as the first and an important step that has to be ...

Canada’s Other Energy Boom – Energy infrastructure is on the move.

by GLOBE Foundation  (May 11, 2015)

When it comes to energy infrastructure, Canada is on the move. Of course, that may seem like nothing new, given Canada’s lengthy energy history, particularly in the oil and gas industries. In this latest chapter, however, electricity is playing a major role. A confluence of factors have helped spur the need for more generation, which in ...

Inverse infrastructures: self-organization in the water services

by IWA Publishing  (Apr. 8, 2015)

In urban communities, infrastructures that support living are indispensable. There is increased interest in alternative ways of providing such support systems, including semi-autonomous infrastructures resulting from the self-organization of local actors. In this study, we analyze the emergence and management of such infrastructures in light of ...

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 ...

Green Water Infrastructure

by IWA Publishing  (Feb. 18, 2015)

Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. When rain falls on roofs, streets, and parking lots, the water cannot soak into the ground. In most urban areas, stormwater is drained through engineered collection systems and discharged into nearby waterbodies. The stormwater carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other ...

A Path To Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions

by BioCycle Magazine  (Mar. 1, 2015)

Today, for the most part, our communities’ infrastructure systems are developed and managed separately, by separate utilities and agencies. Sustainable infrastructure, on the other hand, blurs boundaries between our energy, transportation, water and waste systems to implement complementary strategies that benefit more than one system. Among ...

Spatial analysis of rural drinking water supply in China

by IWA Publishing  (May 21, 2015)

A spatial autocorrelation analysis method was employed to process the spatial change of rural water supply over the past 19 years in the People's Republic of China. Statistical analyses indicate great achievements in rural water supply construction. Two main indices describing rural drinking water supply status, the Rural Popularization ...

An assessment of farmers' willingness to participate in water trading in southern Spain

by IWA Publishing  (May 21, 2015)

This study applies contingent valuation to assess farmers' willingness to trade irrigation water. We analyse farmers' willingness to pay for water and their willingness to accept the selling of water through a seasonal market, under both normal rainfall and drought conditions. A survey of 241 farmers (irrigators and non-irrigators) ...

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