Acknowledging a sharp change in direction from the 1990s, the World Bank is emphasizing a growing role for sustainable hydropower to bring both energy and water resources benefits to the developing world.
In “Directions in Hydropower,” a newly issued exposition of the World Bank Group’s views on the value of hydropower, the bank said hydropower now is viewed as an integral factor in addressing ... read more >>
West Virginia has the most ridiculous reasoning for subjecting its residents to less stringent levels of mercury in the state's water.
Here's some slippery regulatory logic: West Virginia's Department of Environmental Protection says it is justified in setting less stringent levels for mercury in the state's waters than recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Why? Because, acc ... read more >>
Download the third edition of WHO's Guidelines for drinking-water quality
The first and second editions of the Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality were used by developing and developed countries worldwide as the basis for regulation and standard setting to ensure the safety of drinking-water. They recognized the priority that should be given to ensuring microbial safety and provided guideli ... read more >>
The Role of Parliaments in Environmental Management and in Combating Global Degradation of the Environment
Even though governments and people all over the world have embraced the concept of sustainable development, we are still far from having put it into practice. Population growth is slowing but world population will continue to grow for many decades to come. Economic growth and the reduction of poverty inevitably involve the use of natural resources and it is only relatively recently that consideri ... read more >>
Portugal, blessed by a lengthy deep-water Atlantic coastline and temperate climate, had until recently the world’s most advanced wave energy project, designed to harness the power of ocean waves for the production of electricity. ... read more >>
In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.
Conserving water can also extend the life of your septic system by reducing soil saturation, and reducing any pollution due to leaks. Overloading municipal sewer systems can also cause untreated sewage to flow to lakes and rivers. The smaller the ... read more >>
Water scarcity, after all, is considered one of the biggest negative outcomes of climate change, but not many people realize just how much water is required for a nuclear or coal (fossil fuel) power plant. The World Resources Institute estimates that nearly two out of every three gallons of fresh water drawn from the U.S. Southeast Southwest is used to cool power plants. One can draw similar conc ... read more >>
Follow Dale LaBelle as he describes the water treatment process in an audio slideshow. ... read more >>