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Mapping Your Water Footprint

by Matt Ball on March 15, 2012

Students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design have compiled an online map that takes a look at the “water footprint” of countries around the world. The data visualization compiles data on water consumption as well as the hidden water content in consumer goods in order to determine the differing amount of water consumed per […]

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World Water Forum Focuses on Avoiding Conflict

by Matt Ball on March 13, 2012

The World Water Forum that is taking place in Marseille, France this week aims to defuse some of the tensions around global water stress that is on the rise due to growing population, rapid urbanization, climate change, and demand for food. Concurrent with the conference is a new UN Water Development Report that provides an […]

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Yesterday, a new online sustainability initiative was launched to help visualize new technologies and more sustainable practices. Sustainia, an online virtual world, is being spearheaded by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Europe’s climate chief Connie Hedegaard. The visual presentation aim to help the public visualize what a more environmentally friendly world will look like as a precursor […]

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NOAA Breaks Ground on National Water Center

by Matt Ball on February 21, 2012

Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) breaks ground on a $18.8 million National Water Center on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The national center aims at improving forecasting and reporting of drought, floods, and other water crises to improve policy. One of the first goals of the new center […]

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Precise measurements of snow depth are required for water management, transportation, and recreation decision this time of year.  Now, according to the National Science Foundation, scientists at the National Center or Atmospheric Research in Boulder have been developing new technologies that combine lidar, satellite signals and other technologies to instantly measure snow depth at a […]

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The United Nations has just launched an information system to improve the exchange of weather, climate and water data. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Information System simplifies the international exchange of this information, while reducing costs, and exploiting the latest communications technologies. This service is expected to aid disaster risk reduction, water management, food security, […]

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The National Research Council has just released a report that outlines the benefits, and the increasing need, to create drinking water from wastewater. The viability of this approach was a central point to Braden Allenby’s keynote at the recent GeoDesign Summit, used to illustrate the need for us to manage and adapt to climate change […]

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The Integrated Marine Observing System is an array of connected technologies developed by Australian climate and ocean scientists to monitor nearly one-third of the world’s oceans. The network, which got its start in 2007 with initial funding of more than $90M from government and partners, takes measurements of physical, chemical and biological variables. The system […]

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i-Crop Helps UK Farmers Improve Irrigation

by Matt Ball on October 31, 2011

PepsiCo has teamed with farmers and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom to devise a sensor and web-based monitoring tool to help farmers reduce the water they use for irrigation. The i-crop technology aggregates data from farming activity, soil moisture probes and local weather stations, which farmers can access online. Based on this data, farmers […]

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NSF Begins Large Study on Sustainable Cities

by Matt Ball on October 12, 2011

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $750,000 grant to a consortium of 20 U.S. universities, two national labs and three international partners for the new Sustainable Cities – People, Infrastructures and the Energy-Climate-Water Nexus project. The grant seeks to develop harmonized methods, open datasets and shared curriculum on the topic of sustainable cities […]

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