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Safe toilets help flush out disease in Cambodia's floating communities

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Lauren Crothers
Chong Kneas village, Tonlé Sap, near Siem Reap. Such villages often lack sanitation, with waste deposited directly into the freshwater lake. Photograph: David Wall/Alamy
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Phat Sanday is – in many ways – like any other village in Cambodia. There’s a school, a petrol station and a clinic.

However, unlike most of the other rural communities, nearly every structure here – at the southern end of Cambodia’s Tonlé Sap lake – floats. The primary mode of transport for the more than 1,100 families who live here is boat. ... Read more about Safe toilets help flush out disease in Cambodia's floating communities

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Session on Economic and Environmental Sustainability Stage Photo

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We had 48 people show up at Google Fiber with three weeks notice for a full day event.  Attendees included City and County leaders and staff, community leaders, developers, UT experts and interested citizens. What a terrific indication of the desire to create economic and environmental sustainability in East Austin. ... Read more about Session on Economic and Environmental Sustainability Stage Photo

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Session on Economic and Environmental Sustainability Team Photo

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We had 48 people show up at Google Fiber with three weeks notice for a full day event.  Attendees included City and County leaders and staff, community leaders, developers, UT experts and interested citizens. What a terrific indication of the desire to create economic and environmental sustainability in East Austin. ... Read more about Session on Economic and Environmental Sustainability Team Photo

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Silicon Valley Simulation Center Video

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Tony Dunnigan

The Silicon Valley Simulation Center is developing open source models that combine machine learning with collaborative intelligence to help decision makers and diverse groups of people solve complex ecological problems. We will gather these technologies within spaces that foster robust collaboration. Our goal is to design and build mission control centers for planet Earth. ... Read more about Silicon Valley Simulation Center Video

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Antibiotic Waste is Polluting India and China's rivers; Big Pharma Must Act

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https://www.theguardian.com - Alejandro Litovsky
 A strain of the E coli bacteria. Pollution from pharmaceutical production is a factor in the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Illustration: Janice Carr/AP
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Pollution from drugs factories, many in India and China, is causing the spread of anti-microbial resistance. Pharma companies are under pressure to act.
Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are a fundamental threat to global health, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon recently told a general assembly meeting. Failure to address the problem, he said, would make it “difficult if not impossible” to provide universal healthcare, “and it will put the sustainable development goals in jeopardy”.

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Epic Middle East Heat Wave Is Being Compared to Weapon of Mass Destruction

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http://www.ecowatch.com - Climate Nexus
Temperatures simulated by the GFS model in the Middle East reached 129 F on Friday, July 22. WeatherBell.com
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Recent extreme heat events in the Middle East have climate scientists worried about future climate-related catastrophes. Temperatures have climbed above 115 F across the region this summer and Kuwait and Iraq recently recorded most likely the hottest temperatures ever in the Eastern Hemisphere.
 
Record-breaking extreme heat—estimated to have claimed more lives than wars—has worsened over the years and recent studies have suggested future climate change will make parts of the region uninhabitable.

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To Make Fresh Water without Warming the Planet, Countries Eye Solar Power

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https://www.technologyreview.com - Richard Martin
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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Scientists Make Sea Water Drinkable, Produce 6.3 Million Litres A Day

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http://www.ndtv.com - Pallava Bagla
Scientists of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre use waste steam from a nuclear reactor to purify the seawater.
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MUMBAI: As 13 states struggle with drought, scientists in a corner of India have devised a way to make potable water - 6.3 million litre of it every day - from sea water.  They have also developed certain filtration methods that ensure groundwater containing arsenic and uranium are safe to drink.
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