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Study: Overpumping Draws Down the World’s Groundwater Reserves

Much of the global groundwater pumped out of aquifers for household use and irrigation ends up in the world’s oceans, depleting the aquifers faster than they can be replenished, a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters shows. The study by hydrologists from Utrecht University and the Dutch research institute Deltares noted that the rate […]

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Hybrid solar system for heat and electricity funded

PVT Solar is entering the solar-panel market with a twist: its system generates electricity as well as heat. The San Francisco area-based start-up today said that it has raised a series B round of $13.7 million from Sigma Partners and named a former SunPower executive, Vikas Desai, as CEO. The money will be used to […]

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Abundant rainfall, intellectual drought

On a visit to South Africa, I walked into some Nigerian street hawkers in Johannesburg. One of them, noticing I was just visiting, commented, “Do you see how clean and nice this place is?” It reminded me of the conversation between two South Africans on my flight. They were returning home after a business trip […]

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DuPont speeds up forecast for $1 billion in solar sales

DuPont now expects $1 billion in photovoltaic market sales this year, up from a previous forecast to hit that mark in 2011, saying interest for solar materials continues to spike. The company, which also makes a range of chemicals and iconic products like Kevlar and Tyvek, said the new forecast is due to research that […]

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Second SA Solar Challenge to start next week

The South African Solar Challenge 2010 kicks off in Pretoria next week. The ten-day race between solar-powered cars travelling more than 4 000 km across the country is scheduled to finish in Pretoria, on October 2. The 2010 event has attracted racing teams from Germany, Japan, Iran and South Africa, including the German School in […]

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Environmental courts to be established

Environmental courts are to be established to address water crimes that threaten an already water-stressed nation, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica announced. “We are working closely with the South African Police Service and the directorate of public prosecutions to address water crimes that threaten the security of supply to lawful water users,” she […]

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Green Building – A Look at Water Efficiency

The green building revolution is often touted with a focus on two subjects – energy efficiency and reduced emissions. While both are obviously important, the issue of water efficiency is one that should not be pushed aside. What is the greatest threat to our way of life in the next 100 years? The idea of […]

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Mekong waters hit record low

Mekong waters hit record low The livelihoods of 60 million people is threatened by falling water levels on the Mekong [Reuters] Thailand’s prime minister has said he will seek urgent talks with China after the water level in the Mekong River plunged to its lowest level in 20 years. The river, which has its source […]

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