Water

'The real threat to our future is peak water'

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Lester Brown
Kansas's Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in 2012, during the worst drought in the United States in more than 50 years. Photograph: Jim Reed/Corbis
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Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is peak water. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water. We can produce food without oil, but not without water.

We drink on average four litres of water per day, in one form or another, but the food we eat each day requires 2,000 litres of water to produce, or 500 times as much. Getting enough water to drink is relatively easy, but finding enough to produce the ever-growing quantities of grain the world consumes is another matter. ... Read more about 'The real threat to our future is peak water'

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Geodesign Session 2 - San Diego and Baja

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Global Energy Network International
Global Classroom Summer Series 2015
GeoDesign
SESSION 2
- Thursday July 9, 2015 - "Sustainable Development and Resilient Systems. Why and How our world has changed."

Geodesign* - Engineering the Transition to
Renewable Energy and Clean Water for All
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China: The electronic wastebasket of the world

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Ivan Watson
Where your used electronics go in China
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Did you ever wonder what happens to your old laptop or cellphone when you throw it away?

Chances are some of your old electronic junk will end up in China.

According to a recent United Nations report, "China now appears to be the largest e-waste dumping site in the world."

E-waste, or electronic waste, consists of everything from scrapped TVs, refrigerators and air conditioners to that old desktop computer that may be collecting dust in your closet. ... Read more about China: The electronic wastebasket of the world

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Geodesign 1a: Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science - Planning For Our Future

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Satellites Reveal Depletion of a Vital Middle East Water Supply

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Andrew C. Revkin
Satellites Reveal Depletion of a Vital Middle East Water Supply
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Just in case you needed more reasons to be concerned about the stability of the Middle East, new research using data from NASA’s gravity-sensing Grace satellites shows a substantial decline in the volume of groundwater reserves in the Tigris and Euphrates river basins. ... Read more about Satellites Reveal Depletion of a Vital Middle East Water Supply

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Ban Ki-moon: World on course to run out of water

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John Parnell
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said business as usual will mean demand for freshwater outstripping supply (Source: UN/Mark Garten)
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Speaking on the UN’s International Day of Biological Diversity, Ban said there was a “mutually reinforcing” relationship between biodiversity and water that should be harnessed.

“We live in an increasingly water insecure world where demand often outstrips supply and where water quality often fails to meet minimum standards. Under current trends, future demands for water will not be met,” Ban said. ... Read more about Ban Ki-moon: World on course to run out of water

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Water as vital to national security as defence - UN

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Alister Doyle
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OSLO, March 22 (Reuters) - Stresses on water supplies aggravated by climate change are likely to cause more conflicts and water should be considered as vital to national security as defence, a United Nations report said on Friday.

About 145 nations share river basins with their neighbours and need to promote cooperation over a resource likely to be disrupted by more frequent floods and heatwaves, it said. ... Read more about Water as vital to national security as defence - UN

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