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Hey, America: It’s time to talk about the price of water

by Ensia  (Oct. 6, 2014)

Recent woes have drawn unprecedented attention to the worth of fresh, clean water. Can it change the way we pay for the world’s most undervalued resource? This summer, a 90-year-old water pipe burst under Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, sending a geyser 30 feet into the air and a flood of troubles over the UCLA campus. Raging water and mud ...

A Cleaner Energy Future

by ASTM International  (Oct. 16, 2014)

As renewable energy plays an increasingly important role in the world’s energy portfolio, the standards of ASTM International Committee E44 are helping to pave the way for innovation in clean energy sources. A growing population and improving living standards around the world are causing significant increases in energy demand and competition ...

Solar Energy – Proving Advantageous for Your Business

by Vista Solar  (Oct. 10, 2014)

Energy costs constitute a sizeable part of operational costs for any commercial establishment, whether it is a public or a private enterprise. If a firm invests in solar energy, it not only contributes towards decreasing carbon footprint, but also helps create a better world for forthcoming generations. Though, in the initial years, an investment ...

With more investment, the developing world can lead the way to a low-carbon future

by Ensia  (Oct. 9, 2014)

Global business can find good investments that also address climate change by looking to the world’s most vulnerable populations. When it comes to helping the world transition to a low-carbon future, developing nations are in a unique position to lead — but they can’t do it alone. Investments are needed. Luckily, the ...

When it comes to food packaging, what we don’t know could hurt us

by Ensia  (Oct. 13, 2014)

Recent analyses raise disturbing questions about the health and environmental effects of the stuff that encases our edibles. It’s almost impossible to imagine life without flexible, transparent and water-resistant food packaging, without plastic sandwich bags, cling film or shelves filled with plastic jars, tubs and tubes, and durable bags ...

Mission Creek: Flood Risk Reduction and Streambank Restoration

by LimnoTech Inc.  (Oct. 1, 2014)

On June 19th, 2012, the residents of Duluth, Minnesota experienced a storm event for the record books. Over the course of 24 hours, approximately 9 inches of rain pummeled the landscape, causing massive floods and landslides throughout the city. As a result, Duluth’s infrastructure and natural resources were severely damaged, notably miles ...

Food Waste Collection Companies Grow With The Flow

by BioCycle Magazine  (Sep. 21, 2014)

On October 1, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ ban on landfill disposal of commercial organics from establishments generating one ton or more of food waste per week goes into effect. On the front lines of helping these businesses and institutions comply are organics haulers, many of whom have been offering their services for years. ...

Power Positive Resource Recovery

by BioCycle Magazine  (Aug. 22, 2014)

Using laws of thermodynamic analysis to evaluate the energy and power characteristics of wastewater and beneficial uses of biogas offers greater insight into best business practices and what is achievable. Growing numbers of waste-water treatment plants (WWTP) are striving to produce more power onsite. In recent years, there’s even been a ...

Water resources and the potential of brackish groundwater extraction in Egypt: a review

by IWA Publishing  (Sep. 8, 2014)

A review of water resources in Egypt indicates that Nile water is fully utilized and the available quantity could potentially decrease by approximately 19% due to proposed water usage by neighboring countries. Seawater desalination and groundwater extraction are the only options to increase Egypt's water supply. The extraction and ...

Quantification of the adverse effects of drought caused by water supply restrictions considering the changes in household water consumption characteristics

by IWA Publishing  (Oct. 16, 2014)

The volume of urban water used in Japan has been gradually declining in recent years because of the increase in water saving appliances and water saving behaviours. Changes in household water consumption characteristics affect the extent of the adverse effects caused when water supply restrictions are imposed. These changes must be reflected in ...

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