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Frontline of Climate Change: Drought

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 19, 2014 10:55:36 AM

Water: it is a common agenda for all of us, for every walk of life. It’s our planet’s most valuable resource. Nations are powered by it. Life depends on it. And soon, we’ll be fighting over it.

We think of water as infinite and inexhaustible, but the hard truth is that we’re depleting, polluting, and wasting water from aquifers and other fresh water sources in such vast quantities that we’re not allowing these sources to renew themselves, resulting in drastic drought conditions across the globe.

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Is It Time for Arizonans to Panic About Water? Maybe.

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Sep 16, 2014 8:14:06 AM

Is it time to panic in Arizona over the drought? AZCentral the Gannett-owned Web site for the Arizona Republic and Channel 12 News Phoenix featured an article entitled 5 Reasons to Panic About Arizona’s Water and 5 Reasons Not To.

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Water Conservation by Stormwater Management

Posted by Juliet Grable

Sep 8, 2014 3:18:51 PM

We've let our stormwater get away from us. These water conservation practices can help clean it up and encourage it to stick around.

STORMWATER RUNOFF is rain or snowmelt that flows over the land without percolating into the soil. Stormwater occurs naturally, especially during large rain events, but nature’s sponge—the water-absorbing cover of trees, shrubs and other vegetation hugging our planet—usually takes care of the rest. Unfortunately, we’ve turned our world into a hard place. Paved sidewalks, asphalt parking lots, concrete curbs, streets, driveways, roofs and building facades—all of these impervious surfaces change the natural movement of water over the landscape, and increase the volume, speed and temperature of the runoff.

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Geothermal Makes Celestia Kitchen of the Future Even More Efficient

Posted by Jay Egg

Jun 24, 2014 12:14:00 PM

IN THE HOME OF THE FUTURE, appliances will be linked like hardware on a computer.  Just like a new wireless keyboard, printer or touch screen monitor, you need only place the new appliance into service and it will communicate on a machine to machine basis (M2M), providing useful data for energy and performance optimization. But electronic communication is one part of the equation.  There is also the concept of “Thermal Communication”.

The household appliances in our “Celestia Home of the Future” will prompt, "Do you really want to start the washing machine now, while the shower is on and the dishwasher is running? Please allow me [the smart M2M system] to start this for you later, when energy and water consumption can be optimized, saving 1.3 kWh of peak load energy consumption."  This simple logic and communication between machines, homes and communities will defer infrastructure costs for building of power plants that could be averted.

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This Odor-Free Urinal Works Without Water

Posted by GBM Research

Jun 24, 2014 7:41:00 AM

By Klaus Reichardt

ADMITTEDLY, URINALS ARE NOT an everyday topic of conversation. And when it comes to homes and apartments, they almost never enter the discussion. However, that may be changing and changing very soon.

Home urinals, ranging in popularity, have been found in parts of Asia, Europe, Australia, and even in India. However, the trend in the United States is still in its infancy. In addition, the economy, which has severely impacted the housing construction industry, has slowed things down considerably.

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