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It's time to act to secure sustainable water and sanitation for all

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There's no silver bullet to sustainable development, but to avoid conflicts, disasters and damage to ecosystems, water agenda must advance on political arena

Every year on 22 March we celebrate World Water Day. But this year is different. It will go to history as the year when we set the course for the future. ... Read more about It's time to act to secure sustainable water and sanitation for all

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8 ways Big Data helps improve global water and food security

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Christopher Neale
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Big Data is transforming agriculture, and just in time. The demand for food is expected to double by 2050 as the world's population heads toward 9 billion people and increasing incomes allow many more to afford a better diet. Lack of water is a critical constraint to increasing food production, particularly as droughts and other consequences of climate change are making water scarcer. ... Read more about 8 ways Big Data helps improve global water and food security

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A One-Stop Shop for Water Worries

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Rachel Nuwer
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Water, or the lack thereof, is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. As temperatures rise and droughts become more frequent, the threat of dwindling water resources worries not just environmentalists and governments but companies and their investors, too. ... Read more about A One-Stop Shop for Water Worries

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Earth's largest groundwater aquifers are past 'sustainability tipping points'

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Andrew Freedman
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Humanity is rapidly depleting a third of the world's largest groundwater aquifers, with the top three most stressed groundwater basins in the political hotspots of the Middle East, the border region between India and Pakistan, and the Murzuk-Djado Basin in northern Africa.

Making matters worse, researchers say in a pair of new studies, we don't know how much water is left in these massive aquifers '€” which water resources scientists often refer to as Earth's water savings accounts. ... Read more about Earth's largest groundwater aquifers are past 'sustainability tipping points'

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An Ancient Tool Holds Promise for Modern Water Problems

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Columbia Water Center
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A large cistern in the ancient city of Resafa, Syria, was filled by channeling periodic floods from a wadi west of the city. The use of complex systems for directing and harvesting water dates back thousands of years. Photo from '€Ancient Water Harvesting Methods in the Drylands of the Mediterranean and Western Asia,'€ Brian Beckers et al., eTopoi, 2013.

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UN chief Antonio Guterres warns of serious clean water shortages by 2050

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UNITED NATIONS: Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that by 2050 global demand for fresh water is projected to grow by more than 40 per cent and at least a quarter of the world's population will live in countries with a "chronic or recurrent" lack of clean water.

He told the Security Council that "strains on water access are already rising in all regions," noting that three- quarters of the 193 UN member states share rivers or lake basins with their neighbors.
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To Make Fresh Water without Warming the Planet, Countries Eye Solar Power

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Officials look at a model of Dubai’s Al-Maktoum Solar Park, which will be one of the largest solar installations in the world and make fresh water.
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Solar-powered desalination is ideal—if only the cost comes down.

At the giant Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park under construction near Dubai, a desalination facility goes into operation this month. Run by an array of solar panels and batteries, the system will produce about 13,200 gallons of drinking water a day for use on site. That’s insignificant compared with desalination plants elsewhere, but it’s a start toward answering a pressing question: can countries stop burning fossil fuels to supply fresh water?
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Geodesign Session 5 Road Map

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As the demand for freshwater and energy increases in San Diego County and Northern Baja, the fresh water supply continues to shrink while energy generation remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Due to these opposing trends in supply and demand, it becomes increasingly imperative to identify solutions that move these communities to their preferred state in which they are largely reliant on renewable energy and use water sustainably. Large-scale energy solutions include wind power, one of the must abundant sources of energy in these regions. ... Read more about Geodesign Session 5 Road Map

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As the demand for freshwater and energy increases in San Diego County and Northern Baja, the fresh water supply continues to shrink while energy generation remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Due to these opposing trends in supply and demand, it becomes increasingly imperative to identify solutions that move these communities to their preferred state in which they are largely reliant on renewable energy and use water sustainably. Large-scale energy solutions include wind power, one of the must abundant sources of energy in these regions. ... Read more about Geodesign Session 5 Road Map

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Geodesign Session 4 Enery and Water Sustainable Practices

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There are several different directions that our planet can take to address the ever growing need for water and energy. This will involve integrating technologies of a large and small scale into our grid and into our homes as well. There are two main technologies in which to address large scale water sustainability: desalination and ‘pure water’ recycling. As the California dries out, it is increasingly important to adopt proven strategies to maintain the current standard of living. ... Read more about Geodesign Session 4 Enery and Water Sustainable Practices

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