Water power was the engine of industrialization and Germany's most important source of energy at the beginning of the last century: there were more than 100,000 hydro-electric power plants back then. Today, only around 7,500 of those are left and they deliver roughly three percent of German power.
Experts estimate that the share of water power could rise up to 50 percent if roughly 20,000 older ... read more >>
About 6,000 people who live on the remote Marshall Islands in the Pacific are facing an acute shortage of fresh water as a severe drought worsens. A state of disaster was declared in the north. Australia announced it would provide AU$100,000 (£65,335) for emergency desalination units. The US has also donated several reverse-osmosis machines, which convert salt water into fresh water. There is no ... read more >>
It is increasingly likely that hundreds of millions of people will be displaced from their homelands in the near future as a result of global warming. That is the stark warning of economist and climate change expert Lord Stern following the news last week that concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere had reached a level of 400 parts per million (ppm). Massive movements of people are lik ... read more >>
10News - San Diego sues water quality board over polluted plume under Qualcomm - 10News.com - Team 10 Investigates
The RWQCB allowed the corporation responsible for a mid-1980s fuel spill to clean it up. The clean up process involves dumping 1.2 million gallons of contaminated water a day in the city sewer and drainage system. Team 10 asked the Regional Water Quality Control Board's executive director why a water protection agency would allow a private company to dump 1.2 million gallons of contaminated wate ... read more >>
The past few decades have witnessed the development of numerous catchment models, often with increasing structural complexity and mathematical sophistication. While such models have certainly provided a better understanding of catchments and associated processes, they are also often catchment- or region- or process-specific. Serious concerns on this modeling trend have been increasingly raised in ... read more >>
So it turns out the water I – and other Londoners – have been drinking hasn't, in fact, been through the kidneys of at least seven other people as I always naively believed. But it could, if the public reaction to Thames Water's proposal to recycle its sewage water goes their way. "It's all about making sure there is enough water to go around, now and in the future," says Simon Evans, spokesman f ... read more >>
After a wet December, the January through April timeframe was the driest on record in Santa Clara County. Despite the fact that rainfall has been far below normal and the Sierra snowpack has a water content of only 17 percent of normal, the Santa Clara Valley Water District has not called for any short-term water use reductions. Though our last drought ended in 2011, the community's continued eff ... read more >>
Google Earth Engine brings together the world's satellite imagery — trillions of scientific measurements dating back almost 40 years — and makes it available online with tools for scientists, independent researchers, and nations to mine this massive warehouse of data to detect changes, map trends and quantify differences on the Earth's surface. Applications include: detecting deforestation, class ... read more >>
Carr Center Speakers Express Disapproval of Israeli-Palestinian Water Distribution | News | The Harvard Crimson
Calling for comprehensive solutions to the water crisis in the West Bank, Tufts professor Annette Huber-Lee and Palestinian refugee Nidal al-Azraq presented work on improving Palestinian access to adequate safe water at an event hosted Thursday evening by the Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.
Though the Israeli-Palestinian Joint-Water Committee is responsible for water alloca ... read more >>