Advice for ‘smart cities’ includes social equity, grid modernization and garbage

Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said any smart city plan needs to start with a modern electrical grid. Then the apps and gadgets can follow. By Benjamin Freed, 26 July 2018 on Statescoop.com Any local government that wants to become a “smart city” needs to ignore the buzzwords and identify the projects that actually improve its constituents’ lives. That was the advice …

Sinking land, poisoned water: the dark side of California’s mega farms

The floor of the Central Valley is slumping, and there is arsenic in the tap water. Now it seems the two problems are connected.  By Alissa Greenberg in Lanare, California, for The Guardian, Wed 18 Jul 2018    Farm fields along the path of the California aqueduct in the Central Valley, a region that produces a quarter of the nation’s food. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters …

‘Nothing to worry about. The water is fine’: how Flint poisoned its people

When the people of Flint, Michigan, complained that their tap water smelled bad and made children sick, it took officials 18 months to accept there was a problem. By Anna Clark in The Guardian, July 2018 On a hot day in the summer of 2014, in the Civic Park neighbourhood where Pastor R Sherman McCathern preached in Flint, Michigan, water rushed out of …

Drought is most significant category of natural disaster. 5 billion could have poor access to water by 2050. 200,000 Indians die each year due to lack of water access & demand will be twice as much as supply in next 12 years

5 Billion People Could Have Poor Access to Water by 2050, UN Warns: Today, an estimated 3.6 billion people—nearly half the global population—already live in areas that are potentially water-scarce at least one month per year, and could increase to some 4.8 to 5.7 billion by 2050.  “The population currently affected by land degradation/desertification and drought is estimated at 1.8 billion people, making this …

Clothing from Ag fibers + Urban Gardening 101: How to Deal With Contaminated Soil

By Brian Barth, Modern Farmer, on EcoWatch Urban soils are particularly prone to contamination. Fifty years ago, your yard could have belonged to a farmer, who, perhaps not knowing any better, disposed of old bottles of anti-freeze or contaminated diesel in a hole out behind the tractor garage. Or perhaps the remains of a fallen down outbuilding, long ago coated …

Monsanto trial on decades of hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products to start next month

On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take the global seed and chemical company to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products – and his case has just received a major boost. Last week Judge Curtis Karnow issued an order clearing the way for jurors to consider not just scientific …

Water Stress Threatens Nearly Half the World’s Thermal Power Plant Capacity

At the World Resources Institute, Aaron Kressig, Logan Byers, Johannes Friedrich, Tianyi Luo and Colin McCormick – April 11, 2018  Many people point to renewable energy as the greatest threat facing fossil fuel power plants. New WRI research finds that the real threat may be water. When we overlaid areas of current water scarcity with existing power plant infrastructure, we found that 47 percent of the world’s thermal power plant capacity—mostly …

Exporting water quality problems

Mar 22, 2018, by Kate Ravilious, contributing editor to environmentalresearchweb. A new study has shown that some rivers are far more capable of mopping up livestock-related pollution than others. For countries, like the UK, with rivers that are already overloaded, imported meat helps to keep rivers clean at home, but often results in extra river pollution elsewhere. Intensive livestock farming is a major source of …