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 >>
Models of future climate scenarios have taken insufficient account of population patterns and trends, according to a UCL review to be published in the print edition of The Lancet in November 2013. The review, "Population, development, and climate change, links and effects on human health", examines the interconnections between population growth and climate change, from the perspective of global h ... read more >>
The most important news for this week was the Haiyan Typhoon in Philippines. Its now considered to be one of the world’s worst typhoons killing almost 2500 people, damaging 23000 houses and affecting another 9.3 Million in several affected provinces across Philippines. A Typhoon is a combination of high speed winds and extremely heavy rainfalls that affect regions in the northwest pacific. The hi ... read more >>
Risk and agriculture go hand in hand. As the uncertainties of agricultural production cause farm
incomes to be substantially volatile, farmers will attempt to hedge or manage their risk through
various instruments. Although there exist a number of risk management tools, most are geared
towards managing non-irrigation-related production risks. These include yield and revenue
insurance, futures ... read more >>
Federal agencies will provide better and more accessible information about matters such as long-term weather prospects and soil moisture levels under a program designed to help communities prepare for future droughts and respond more effectively when they happen, Obama administration officials said Thursday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrati ... read more >>
Since the typhoon hit, Danny Estember has been hiking three hours round-trip into the mountains each day to obtain what he can only hope is clean water for his five daughters and two sons.
The exhausting journey is necessary because safe water is desperately scarce in this storm-ravaged portion of the Philippines. Without it, people struggling to rebuild and even survive risk catching intestin ... read more >>
The concept of the green economy has moved beyond the boundaries of environmental economics and into mainstream politics and business in response to the dual problems of global climate change and the economic crisis.1 It is argued that a green economy will enable environmentally friendly economic and employment growth on the same, or a greater, scale than current environmentally unsustainable gro ... read more >>
A natural shift to stronger warm El Niño events in the Pacific Ocean might be responsible for a substantial portion of the global warming recorded during the past 50 years, according to new research at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). ... read more >>
Long-term and average changes are in the focus of the discussion on climate change: globally, as the different scientific climate models all predict, it will be warmer on Earth at the end of the century. For decision-makers and people affected by climate change, however, information on the frequency and intensity of extreme events such as heat and cold extremes, heavy rainfall or dry spells are a ... read more >>