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“World’s Greenest Office Building”

Seattle’s Bullitt Center is being heralded as the greenest, most energy-efficient commercial office building in the world. It’s not that the six-story, 50,000-square-foot building is utilizing never-before-seen technology. But it’s combining a lot of different existing technologies and methods to create a structure that’s a showpiece for green design–and a model for others to follow.

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A case for rainwater harvesting in Zimbabwe

Chipo Masara’s views… Having gone for close to three weeks without any municipal tap water supply, all the containers in the house had since dried up.

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iShack: Solar-powered home transforms life for slum-dwellers

With the iShack, squatters get a solid dwelling that is fitted with enough solar panels to keep the lights on at night and provide power for important equipment such as mobile phone chargers. It is an initiative from researchers at the University of Stellenbosch, which they hope can allieviate poverty across the country and beyond […]

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USA: Town passes law banning bottled water

Water, water everywhere, just not in plastic bottles, says a town in the US state of Massachusetts. A law passed by the town of Concord went into effect with the New Year, making single-serving bottles of water illegal.

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Rainwater Harvesting Solutions in Mexico City

Mexico City, the biggest metropolis in the Western hemisphere, faces significant water shortages, leaving many domestic, agricultural, and industrial users exposed to severe water-related risks. Aqueduct’s overall water risk map for Mexico (above), with Mexico City pinpointed. Red areas indicate regions facing the most severe levels of water risk.

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Water conservation incentives for U.S. Embassies

Facing mandates from the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and a 2009 executive order from President Obama, federal government agencies are working to reduce energy and potable water consumption in their buildings. Compliance should help these agencies cut their costs and carbon footprints. But for the State Department, which manages some 19,000 buildings […]

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USA: Another drought in Texas looming?

Water managers are eyeing their gauges, farmers are watching wheat fields wither, ranchers are recalculating their herd numbers and city dwellers are dragging out their sprinklers again as drought rapidly intensifies across Texas. A new federal survey shows the dreaded “d-word” is worming its way back as rainfall deficits mount and soil moisture, stream flows […]

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Water scarcity affecting profitability of South African farms

Dwindling profitability and water scarcity have left South Africa with less than two-thirds of the number of food-producing farms it had in the early 1990s, says the latest agricultural trends report by the World Wide Fund for Nature in South Africa. The report indicates that failed land reform projects and the flight of commercial farmers […]

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Environmental sustainability initiative launched in South Africa

To encourage environmental sustainability and as a response to climate change, the Eskom Development Foundation has funded 9 000 trees that will be planted across five different municipalities in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

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