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Ghana: Water & electricity shortages belie growth

In Africa, progress does not guarantee access to the most basic necessities. This is amply demonstrated by Ghana, whose economic growth is the envy of its neighbours even while the government is failing to ensure a sufficient supply of water. This failure comes at an economic and human cost, as expensive water from private suppliers […]

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Polymer film harvests energy from water vapour

MIT engineers have created a new polymer film that can generate electricity by drawing on a ubiquitous source: water vapour. The new material changes its shape after absorbing tiny amounts of evaporated water, allowing it to repeatedly curl up and down. Harnessing this continuous motion could drive robotic limbs or generate enough electricity to power […]

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How do we conserve energy? By conserving water!

So you got your new compact fluorescent lightbulbs. Now you’re wringing your hands over how to dispose of them so that you don’t unleash toxic mercury into the environment. An improvement? Or just another example of politicians and environmentalists trying to push us around?

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Hydroelectricity – dams no longer required!

You don’t have to build dams to get hydroelectricity from water flowing through municipal pipes, says Dr. Daniel Farb, the Los Angeles immigrant who previously shook up the Israeli clean-tech power scene with his Leviathan Energy company’s award-winning Wind Tulip. The ecologically conscious physician recently unveiled his latest brainchild, a turbine that turns excess pressure inside […]

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Global fracking protests planned on Saturday, 22 September

PITTSBURGH — More than 100 protests against the natural gas drilling process known as fracking are scheduled to take place around the world today, building on public concerns but also using a highly simplified message to spur outrage. The GlobalFrackdown website and campaign were developed by Food & Water Watch, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit group […]

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Asian Water Scarcity Risked as Coal-Fired Power Embraced

Inner Mongolia’s rivers are feeding China’s coal industry, turning grasslands into desert. In India, thousands of farmers have protested diverting water to coal- fired power plants, some committing suicide. The struggle to control the world’s water is intensifying around energy supply. China and India alone plan to build $720 billion of coal-burning plants in two […]

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China risking water crisis due to coal power plants

BEIJING: Environmental campaigners Greenpeace urged China on Tuesday to review plans for a huge expansion in coal mines and power plants, warning of a water crisis in the country’s already arid north.

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US Study: Fracking poses risk to water systems

A new scientific study of the risks associated with Hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — in the United States, found that current methods for wastewater disposal put drinking water at risk.

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Eastern Cape: 34000 litre/day from solar powered water pumps

Manufacturer of lead acid batteries in South Africa, First National Battery (FNB), a subsidiary of JSE listed Metair Investments Limited, assisted with the installation of a solar water treatment station in the OR Tambo district municipality community of Mnxehazi, situated between Ntabankulu and Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape. Before the installation, the village’s 1,596 […]

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