As I’ve posted here many times, there are some real hard limits approaching for the business as usual approach to energy production. Water is one of them – conventional sources of energy, like coal and nuclear electricity – depend on access to large volumes of water.
Much hyped new technologies of fracking for natural gas and shale oil also assume massive quantities of water are available – even ... read more >>
The Water Footprint of Biofuels: A Drink or Drive Issue? - Environmental Science & Technology (ACS Publications)
Developing a sustainable national biofuels program requires careful consideration of logistical concerns (e.g., suitable production and distribution infrastructure) and of unintended environmental impacts.Numerousrecent studies have considered the latter, with a primary focus on air quality (4-6), land use (7-9), and net energy value (10-15). These studies generally reflect beneficial environment ... read more >>
A team with members from Scotland, the U.K. and Australia has found that despite record melting in the summer of 2012, the Greenland ice sheet is not slipping faster into the sea. The team reports on how they set up poles in the ice and measured their movement throughout the year in their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/201 ... read more >>
With more than 400 miles of coastline and a heavy reliance on a single reservoir for its drinking water, Rhode Island is highly vulnerable to the projected effects of climate change. Severe storms in 2010 and 2012 further exposed those vulnerabilities, damaging the state’s drinking water utility infrastructure and threatening the water supply because of pollution overflow. ... read more >>
1. Adequacy and equity of water distributed: Sufficient supply for basic needs for each and
every person throughout the camp, including in school and health units.
2. Acceptability and safety of water supplied: Potable and palatable in terms of appearance,
taste and odour. Water quality is monitored regularly for faecal contamination and water
safety plans are in place
3. Social costs (burde ... read more >>
A video to introduce water used in various parts of the world. ... read more >>
Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels are set to rise again in 2013, reaching a record high of 36 billion tonnes - according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project, co-led by researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UEA). ... read more >>
The rate at which contaminated water has been pouring into the Pacific Ocean from the disabled Fukushima nuclear plant is worse than previously thought, an Industry Ministry official said Wednesday as PM Shinzo Abe pledged to step up efforts to halt the crisis. The Voice of Russia contacted Arnold Gundersen, founder and president of Fairewinds Associates, to discuss the crisis and its possible so ... read more >>
A bankruptcy approach is proposed for resolving trans-boundary rivers conflicts in which the total water demand or claim of the riparian parties is more than the available water. Bankruptcy solution methods can allocate the available water to the conflicting parties with respect to their claims. Four bankruptcy rules are used here to allocate the available water to the riparian parties. Given the ... read more >>
The water services division of ACCIONA, a global renewable energy, infrastructure and water services group, will build the system “as part of a European project that aims to apply new technologies to the management of drinking water networks.”
Its benefits will parallel those for “smart grid” electricity projects, including real-time detection of underwater leaks (so they can be repaired more qu ... read more >>