Tag Archives: water

Hydroponic Farm Slashes Water Use by 99%

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This hydroponic farm in Japan cuts water usage by 99%! The farm occupies an abandoned Sony chip manufacturing facility in Miyagi prefecture, near where the earthquake and tsunami struck the country in 2011. It is the brainchild of Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist who was inspired by a vegetable factory he saw at the Expo ’85 World’s […]

Vertical Garden Exhibit at Chicago MSI

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Green roof design is becoming popular all over the world, but this vertical garden conceptual model – part of the Fast Forward exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) – takes the concepts of aquaponics, locally-grown produce, and urban farming to new heights by stuffing all those things into a single, “green” skyscraper. […]

Friendly Water for the World Helps Bring Clean Water to Millions for Pennies

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Nearly half the people on our planet do not have safe water to drink. Friendly Water for the World is a nonprofit organization, founded by Quakers, whose mission is to help expand access to low-cost clean water technologies, as well as information about health and sanitation, to people in need. They teach communities how to construct simple biosand water filters, which remove nearly 99% of all parasites, disease and water-borne pathogens.

California Environmental Wins: Expanded Marine Sanctuaries & New Fracking Rules

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This week California released its first ever hydraulic fracturing regulations, and the Obama administration also announced plans to expand two Northern California marine sanctuaries, extending the protected areas from Monterey Bay all the way to the picturesque Mendocino coast. The larger oceanic sanctuary will permanently ban oil drilling along more than 50 miles of Northern California seashore, while the proposed fracking rules will help to protect the region’s water supply and fragile environment.

Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land Movie Explores the Dangers of Fracking

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Hollywood is finally tackling the deadly drilling process known as fracking in the upcoming drama, “Promised Land”. Gus Van Sant’s latest film highlights a small rural community that is struggling economically, as they fight back against a large corporate gas company intent on poisoning their local farmland with hydraulic fracturing. The timely story not only illustrates the destructive environmental impact of fracking, but also explores our nation at the crossroads where big business and the powerful strength of small-town community converge.

Please Help Preserve Utah’s Rare Pah Tempe Mineral Hot Springs

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The clear healing waters of the Pah Tempe Mineral Hot Springs run through an awe-inspiring desert canyon near Hurricane Utah. Many different First Nations tribes have visited this wondrous pristine site for centuries, and believe it to be most sacred. Unfortunately, this natural wonder may soon be destroyed by threatened development, but you can do something help to save these beautiful springs.

Chompski the Beaver Moves in Next Door to Washington Republican Joel Kretz

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Instead of building massive expensive concrete dams, the new beaver law helps support a natural way of improving regional aquifers; it encourages Washington to use beaver relocation as a tool for restoring watersheds. Republican Joel Kretz was one of the sponsors of this legislation, even though the conservative politician is not normally beloved by environmentalists. Now a lone beaver named Chompski has just been moved onto Kretz’s ranch near Wauconda, Washington.

Enbridge Knew Tar Sands Pipeline was Damaged 5 Years Before Michigan Oil Spill

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Two years ago the worst onshore oil spill in United States history was caused in Michigan by a Canadian company named Enbridge. Over one million gallons of tar sands crude spewed out of a ruptured pipeline into the Kalamazoo River, and the attempted clean up has only just been completed, sort of. The NTSB has released a report analyzing the extreme negligence that led to this environmental disaster, and found that the company knew five years beforehand that this burst pipeline was sorely in need of repair, but did nothing to fix it.

Chandigarh Wards Off Water Woes

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96.7% of households in India have access to tap water, and recent census data places Chandigarh at the top spot. The city is also ranked second in India in terms of per capita water supply of 330 liters per person per day, although Chandigarh is no exception to the ongoing global threat of water scarcity. While the municipality needs 116 Million Gallons daily (MGd), it only has access to 87 MGd. Chandigarh takes this issue quite seriously, and is being proactive in addressing the water shortfall.

Cartoon Calendar Illustrates How Clean Water Access Impacts Women

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Having ready access to clean water is something that many of us take for granted. However everyone would treat water much differently if we were forced to walk for miles every day just to transport a few gallons of this precious resource. The Women’s UN Report Program & Network (WUNRN) is helping to get the word out about how the lack of access to potable water disproportionately impacts women and girls with a new cartoon calendar designed to help raise awareness about this vital issue.