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Mideast: Water Use Innovations ‘Crucial’ to Face Climate Change | Inter Press Service

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The Initiative on water scarcity will make governments, international organisations, civil society and the private sector work together to seek participatory and innovative policy, governance and management options for the sustainable use of water scarce resources, which are vital for the food security of the Near east and North Africa countries. Credit: FAO ... Read more about Mideast: Water Use Innovations ‘Crucial’ to Face Climate Change | Inter Press Service

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Scrapping the worst pollution-emitting stoves could prevent 22.5 million early deaths by 2100

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Martha Henriques
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The first large-scale study of cooking stoves that burn solid fuel such as coal or wood has estimated that phasing out the stoves could prevent about 260,000 premature deaths from indoor pollution globally each year.

More than 3 billion people '€“ that's in excess of 40% of the world's population '€“ use cooking stoves that burn solid fuel such as coal, wood or dried animal dung. These fuels result in the release of fine particulate matter, which exacerbates respiratory conditions such as asthma and has been linked to lung cancer. ... Read more about Scrapping the worst pollution-emitting stoves could prevent 22.5 million early deaths by 2100

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No Hiding From Sustainable Development

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Jeffrey D. Sachs
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NEW YORK - One year ago, I was in Brazil to launch the Brazilian chapter of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), an initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The main message I heard that day was that São Paulo was suffering from a mega-drought, but that state and local politicians were keeping it quiet. This is a reality around the world: too many political leaders are ignoring a growing environmental crisis, imperiling their own countries and others. ... Read more about No Hiding From Sustainable Development

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Brazil’s Drought Brings Water Supply to Near Zero Capacity at Hydroelectric Facilities

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Gregory B. Poindexter
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BRASILIA, Brazil Brazil is experiencing a debilitating drought as the nation endures the driest period since South America’s most populous country began keeping records in the 1930s. As a result of the arid conditions, reservoir levels and lake water flow to hydroelectric facilities that supply power to Brazil’s most densely populated city of Sao Paulo are nearing zero capacity. ... Read more about Brazil’s Drought Brings Water Supply to Near Zero Capacity at Hydroelectric Facilities

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How much will it cost to turn the tide of the urban water crisis?

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Lauren Hepler
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The dwindling supply of clean water available to growing urban areas isn't an abstract problem for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

He's seen opposing financial pressures and concerns about sustainable water sources play out first hand in the sprawling metro area now home to some 6 million people.

"The city of Atlanta has a $3 billion to $4 billion capital program around water and sewer," Reed recently explained at the GreenBiz VERGE 2014 conference in San Francisco. "We had terrible water wars in Atlanta between Georgia, Alabama and Florida." ... Read more about How much will it cost to turn the tide of the urban water crisis?

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The pristine Arctic has become a garbage trap for 300 billion pieces of plastic

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Chris Mooney
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Drifts of floating plastic that humans have dumped into the world'€™s oceans are flowing into the pristine waters of the Arctic as a result of a powerful system of currents that deposits waste in the icy seas east of Greenland and north of Scandinavia. ... Read more about The pristine Arctic has become a garbage trap for 300 billion pieces of plastic

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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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