70% of Bolivian residents lack sufficient water amid worst drought in 25 years

November 25, 2016 by  
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The Bolivian government recently declared a state of emergency in response to the worst drought the country has experienced in 25 years. Water shortages have ignited protests, and an estimated 125,000 families have been impacted by the drought. President Evo Morales said, “We have to be prepared for the worst.” There are 339 municipalities in Bolivia, and 172 had already declared their own state of emergency. According to a Pan American Health Organization report, 70 percent of people in Bolivia don’t have enough drinking water . Most of Bolivia’s capital city has access to water only every third day, for just three hours, according to Al Jazeera. Bolivia’s Vice Ministry of Civil Defense estimates 360,000 cows and 716,605 acres used for agriculture have been hit by the drought. Related: Bolivia’s second largest lake has completely dried up The country’s water supply has dwindled, in part because in recent years Bolivian glaciers providing water for millions are melting. El Niño likely worsened the drought as well. President Morales said the country could use the crisis to “plan large investments” for Bolivia to adapt to a diminished water supply due to climate change . He also said local governments should set aside money and workers to obtain water from nearby water bodies and through drilling wells, and to transport that water to cities with the help of military forces. But some reservoirs and other water sources are nearly empty. Three dams supplying water to La Paz, home to nearly 800,000 people, are nearly dry. One of the dam’s capacities is at one percent, and the other two are at around eight percent. Al Jazeera reports that locals have protested the water shortages, and some protesters even held the country’s deputy water minister and water authorities hostage. Via The Guardian and Al Jazeera Images via Wikimedia Commons and Pixabay

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Rugged solar roads to hit four continents in 2017

November 25, 2016 by  
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Solar-generating roadways could soon be a reality on roads everywhere, thanks to new technology from Europe. According to Bloomberg , Colas SA, a subsidiary of France’s Bouygues Group has been working on solar panels that are tough enough to handle the load of an 18-wheeler truck – and are currently building them into some French road surfaces, with plans to test the technology across four continents in 2017. These panels have already undergone five years of research and laboratory tests, but before they hit the roads in a major way, the company plans to test them further by building 100 outdoor test sites over the next year. “We wanted to find a second life for a road,” Colas SA’s Wattaway Unit chief technology officer told Bloomberg. “Solar farms use land that could otherwise be for agriculture, while the roads are free.” How does a road made of solar panels withstand the weight of a massive semi truck, you might ask? According to Bloomberg , while the panels are made with ordinary solar cells such as those that might be on your roof, they are layered with several types of plastic on top to create a sturdy casing that can withstand abuse. It has electrical wiring embedded, and is coated with a layer of crushed glass to create an anti-slip surface. Related: Solar Roadways unveils super strong solar panels for roads in a prototypical parking lot Wattaway began testing the new product last month on a kilometer-long site in the French town of Tourouvre. At 2,800 square meters in area, the embedded solar panel array is expected to generate about 280 kilowatts of energy at peak capacity. The company says that’s enough power to light up a town of 5,000 people for a whole year. They also told Bloomberg they intend to test the technology in Calgary, Canada, Georgia, USA, throughout the European Union, Africa and Asia, with plans to commercialize in 2018. Add this innovation to Tesla’s solar roof and what Solar Roadways is doing in the U.S., and it’s been a good year for unconventional applications of solar power. Via Bloomberg Images via Wattaway

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Archaeologists discover ancient lost city in Egypt

November 25, 2016 by  
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Archaeologists have unearthed an Egyptian city dating all the way back to the first dynasty. The discovery was made across the Nile river from the city of Luxor in the province of Sohag. Hope for a revival in the country’s waning tourism industry has grown since uncovering the area rife with ancient huts, tools, and even a cemetery for royalty. The city’s remains were discovered a mere 400 meters from the temple of Seti I, according to The Guardian . It may also provide clues into the operations of Abydos, one of the most ancient cities in all of Egypt . So far, huts, tools made of iron, pottery shards, and large graves have been uncovered. These findings lead officials to believe the spot once housed high-ranking dignitaries and grave builders. Related: Secret tunnel sealed 1,800 years ago offers clues to mysterious ancient city in Mexico “The size of the graves discovered in the cemetery is larger in some instances than royal graves in Abydos dating back to the first dynasty, which proves the importance of the people buried there and their high social standing during this early era of ancient Egyptian history,” the antiquities ministry said. Since 2010, the country’s tourism has been steadily declining from its 14.7 million annual visitors. In the first quarter of this year, only 1.2 million tourists circulated through, down from last year’s 2.2 million. The discovery could mean a renewed interest in sightseeing for Egypt, especially as more information is learned about the site and its history. Via The Guardian Images via Wikimedia ( 1 , 2 )

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Quenching Walmart’s thirst for water efficiency

May 28, 2015 by  
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With water shortages becoming an increasing concern for companies, how did Walmart reduce water usage by taking a portfolio approach?

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‘Regenerative capitalism’ and the new bottom line

May 28, 2015 by  
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Why one former JP Morgan executive is convinced that it will take a radical rethinking of entrenched economic frameworks to address the convergence of environmental, social and governance risks.

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California issues first-ever mandatory water restrictions to combat disastrous drought

April 2, 2015 by  
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As record low snow packs threaten to increase the severity of California’s already-devastating drought , Governor Jerry Brown has issued the first mandatory water restrictions in the state’s history. Under the executive order, 400 local water supply agencies—who provide water to around 90 percent of all of California residents—will be required to cut water usage by 25 percent. Additionally, campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes will be required to make cuts, municipalities will no longer water ornamental grasses on medians, and 50 million square feet of lawns will be replaced with drought-tolerant landscaping . Read the rest of California issues first-ever mandatory water restrictions to combat disastrous drought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture water reporting , california drought , executive order , governor jerry brown , Lake Tahoe , low reservoir , low snow pack , Sierra Nevadas , water restrictions , water shortages , water usage , wildfire threat

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The California Aqueduct’s Flow May Be Reversed to Combat Drought

April 28, 2014 by  
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Some of California’s central districts are facing dangerously low supplies of water as the state’s megadrought continues. To address this scary prospect, 47 miles of the 400-mile California Aqueduct could have their flow reversed this summer. But even with this dramatic reversal of water flow, the affected districts would only be getting five percent of the normal water allotments and they won’t be getting it until September, 2014. Read the rest of The California Aqueduct’s Flow May Be Reversed to Combat Drought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aqueduct , aqueducts , California , california aqueduct , california department of water resources , california drought , central california districts , Drought , droughts , kern country water agency , megadrought , reversing aqueduct , water issues , water shortage , water shortages

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LIFESAVER Jerrycans Literally Save Lives with 5 Gallons of Pure Drinking Water

April 10, 2013 by  
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Climate Change to Worsen Severe Water Shortages in US Southwest

February 11, 2011 by  
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Photo: Heat USA We’re already well aware that the American Southwest, which is naturally hot and dry, is seriously strapped for water. And the situation is getting worse every day, with populations in California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico continuing an unimpeded growth trend that began decades ago. The fact there are too many people vying for limited resources in the region have lead experts to predict a major water shortfall that will cost billions to ameliorate

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Alicia Silverstone’s Tips for a Green Valentine’s Day and More

February 11, 2011 by  
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Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images If you’ve left your Valentine’s Day plans until the last minute (again), then Alicia Silverstone can help: The eco-minded actress took to her website, The Kind Life , to list some of her favorite ways to put a green spin on your celebration. …

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