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How Cape Town found water savings California never dreamed of

A six-car municipal police convoy skidded to a halt outside a Cape Town house, and police leaped from their cars at the offending sight: a trickle of hose water splashing onto a squat red flower.<p>Resident Mohammed Adhikari looked bemused and a little sheepish as police surged into his house, slapped …

Solar energy is really our only answer for long-term sustainable energy

Humans consume 221 tonnes of coal, 1,066 barrels of oil, and 93,000 metric cubes of natural gas per second.<p>These materials were wonderful for the industrial revolution that started in Britain in the 18th century and made use of “new energy” sources such as coal and petroleum. At the start of the …

Clean Energy

If you don’t succeed at first, nuke and nuke again – Eskom reboots plans

<i>New energy minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has promised that South Africa’s rebooted and now substantially delayed nuclear build program will in future be</i> …

Africa's new breed of solar energy entrepreneurs

<b>African economies may be booming, but continued growth and quality of life are being jeopardised by lack of power.</b><p>The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates 585 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity, with the electrification rate as low as 14.2% in rural areas.<p>The …

Energy storage could be revolutionized by adding an atomic layer of water

We all want to make the switch to more sustainable energy sources (or at least the sane ones), but the problem is making it reliable enough to replace our current systems. Big part of that is creating better energy storage, which according to scientists could be achieved with good ol’ H2O.<p>North …

Cities Do These Three Things to Encourage Startup Success

Creating a successful company or an innovative city? The same rules apply.<p>When you hear the term 'city government' you may think of a bureaucratic monolith instead of hotbed of innovation. But many cities--like Tampa, Denver, Phoenix and San Diego--are transforming themselves and developing new …

Innovation

De-Smarting the City

The rationale of the ‘Smart’ as a means for improving, designing and building our cities has reached a tipping point of acceptability. Indeed, such …

The cities of the future could have solar sidewalks

This summer will see the planned opening of a solar-powered sidewalk on the campus of Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia. The 1,200-foot …

Miami home with glass-floored lounge for $3M

Overlooking the garage<p>There’s a compelling home for sale in Miami asking just under $3.3 million with a distinct feature: a second-floor lounge with a glass floor overlooking a four-car garage, which is clearly geared towards the avid car collector.<p>That awesome lounge also has wine storage and a …

Miami

European history on repeat: Study finds evidence of 'Brexit 1.0'

LONDON, (Reuters) - Scientists have found evidence of how ancient Britain separated from Europe in what they are dubbing "Brexit 1.0" - a flooding event that happened in two stages thousands of years ago.<p>In research published in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, the scientists said they …

NYC metro area is losing people to cheaper cities, warmer climates: census

Despite the mini exodus, there’s still been a slight uptick in population<p>More people are leaving the New York metropolitan area than any other major metropolitan hubs across the country, the <i>New York Post</i>’s recent analysis of U.S. Census data has revealed.<p>The number of people moving away from the …

Demographics

Earth between Jupiter and Sun - Jupiter's Closest Approach to…

Earth between Jupiter and Sun - Jupiter's Closest Approach to Earth for 2017 MUST SEE!<p>On April 7, 2017 our planet Earth passes most nearly between the sun and the outer planet Jupiter for this year. Astronomers call this event an opposition of Jupiter.<p>In 2017, Jupiter comes closest to Earth one day after its opposition date, on April 8, coming to within 414 million miles (666 million km) of Earth.<br>http://earthsky.org/tonight/earth-passes-between-jupiter-and-sun<p>On April 7th Jupiter reaches …

Climate Change News: Dead Sea Salt Shows Worst Drought Humans Have Ever Seen

Scientists drilling deep down into the Dead Sea have found a warning about how climate change could affect us in the future. A study in the journal</i> …

Large-Scale Energy Storage Is The (Virtual) Power Plant Of The Future

Energy storage startup Stem is building out the battery network that we need to store all the renewable energy produced during the day, so we can power our homes at night without burning fossil fuels.<p>When utilities worry about meeting energy demand, they normally build more power plants and …

New York State

These cities are totally slaying the solar power game

With the Trump administration targeting various government clean energy programs, we can think of no better time to celebrate the U.S. cities with …

Smart cities need to make sure they don't leave people behind

Smart cities have the potential to create major benefits for city dwellers in developing countries, but only if urban planners combine “low-tech” …

Smart Cities

Access to drinking water around the world – in five infographics

Billions of people have gained access to clean and safe drinking water since 1990, but data show that huge inequalities remain<p>How many people have access to clean and safe water? Where do they get it from, and how much do they pay for it? A new report by the World Health Organisation/Unicef Joint …

Infographics

Where will the future's water crises hit hardest?

Stressed out: gauging global water worries<p>In some parts of the world, clean water flows straight from a tap. In others, people trek for miles to reach a potable source. How do we measure the availability of this essential resource? Compare the amount of water a region uses to the size of its water …

How much water does your food drink?

You're not the only one who gets thirsty<p><b>Note</b>: <i>This story, published in March, is being re-promoted as part of our #noredoctober campaign. Do the planet a solid and avoid red meat this month. We are.</i><p>When you eat, you use up every drop of water your food required to grow. And depending on your …

With 100 Days of Water Left, Cape Town Risks Running Dry

Cape Town, the crown jewel of South Africa’s tourism industry, has 100 days before it runs out of water.<p>After two years of the least rainfall on …

Cape dam levels drop even more

File: The dams are likely to reach extremely low levels by the start of winter. Photo: via Wikimedia Commons<p>CAPE TOWN - Dam levels in the City of …

Cape Town looks to tap into waste water | South Africa News

The city of Cape Town in South Africa is facing its worst water shortage in years.<p>Dam levels have dropped to below 30 percent after two years of the lowest rainfall on record.<p>Critics are pushing to make better use of waste water.<p>Al Jazeera's Fahmida Miller reports from Cape Town.

The Promise of Smart Cities and What It Means for Startups

Civic challenges present new opportunities for entrepreneurs.<p>The terms innovation and city government don't often find their way into the same sentence. City hall has traditionally been perceived as a place for political log jams, procedures, policies and paperwork. But with the advent of smart …

Smart Cities

How smart cities are leading the charge for transportation and tech infrastructure

The political landscape may be shifting in Washington, D.C., but when it comes to building the high-tech infrastructure for data and transportation, …

Urban Design

How Smart Villages Could Transform Rural India

With the Smart Cities’ programme well underway, it was merely a question of time before the need for Smart Villages came on the radar, given the …

How Shrubs Are Used in Urban Landscape Design Plantings

Researchers aim to show that picturesque shrub gardens are an achievable goal.read more

Britain is in the grip of ANOTHER food shortage as supermarkets forced to plan to prevent a crisis

Fruit fans are being warned of an English apple shortage after shoppers sent sales of homegrown varieties soaring.<p>And a poor harvest has added to the …

Agriculture

Simple steps for home composting success

I am considering starting a compost pile this year and looking for some advice; some of the articles I've read suggest steps more complicated than I am willing to implement. My time is limited, so I want to do something simple that works reasonably well.<p><i>— Courtney Jacobsen, Wheeling</i><p>Composting at …

Gardening

Vertical microgreen garden can supply fresh microveggies quickly and affordably

<b>A new product focuses on making it easy to grow microveggies, which are said to be up to 40 times more nutrient-rich than the full-grown versions.</b><p>The …

Urban Soundscapes: Creating Quiet Spaces in a Roaring City

"Soundscape" re­fers to both the natural acoustic environment (animals and sounds from trees, water, weather, etc.) and sounds created by humans …