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Study in Calgary, Canada Hopes to Improve Future Waste Water Treatment

November 27, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water Treatment in Canada

Lee Jackson, a professor in the University of Calgary’s department of biological sciences, is currently doing a project with his students concerning the treatment of waste water. The study aims to eliminate the hormones and chemical products contained in drinking water, which can cause certain health problems.[read more]

Farmers Unable to Water Crops in Salazie, Reunion Island Due to Water Rates

November 26, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Water Pricing and Community

In Salazie, Reunion Island, farmers were moved to action. They denounced the lack of water in the commune as well as the tariffs for the water that currently exists. In this period of drought, they criticize both the lack of discussion regarding water extraction and newly-announced water restrictions.[read more]

A Study of Biodiversity in the World's Cities

November 24, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

What are the global patterns of biodiversity the world’s cities? Are urban spaces biologically homogeneous and depauperate, or do they harbor significant native biodiversity? These are the questions of a collaborative studies of biodiversity in the world’s cities.[read more]

Protecting Watersheds As We Grow Our Cities and Towns

November 19, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Watershed Protection

We do not actually have to choose between things like a growing population and healthy economy on the one hand, and a healthy and sustainable environment on the other. We really, truly can have it both ways. The only thing is that we need to be very smart about it.[read more]

Richmond Reconnects the City to the River

November 14, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Connection Richmond to the River

The cities of Richmond, Virginia, and Portland, Oregon, may not actually seem to have all that much in common, except they both have rivers that cut through them. In the case of Portland, it’s the Willamette River, and in Richmond, it’s the James River.[read more]

World Cities Day: London's Best Idea?

November 10, 2014 by Future Cape Town

London and Ideas

While London’s lidos and spots like the Hamstead Heath Ponds currently cater for swimming in the city, this bold reclaiming of London’s greatest natural asset is potentially a strong symbolic project. Creating a new public space on the river, funded by citizens themselves, could be an empowering civic exercise.[read more]

Three Maps Help Explain São Paulo, Brazil's Water Crisis

November 6, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Brazil Water Crisis

The worst drought to grip São Paulo, Brazil and neighboring states in 80 years is wreaking havoc on the local population. As of late October, key reservoirs hold less than two weeks’ worth of drinking water. Schools and health centers are closing early, and restaurants are steering customers away from restrooms.[read more]

Why ALL Cities Should Abandon Traditional Surface Water Drainage Strategies

November 5, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Drainage Issues in Nairobi

Nairobi, Kenya lies at the border of the central highlands and the flat dry plains, composing an exceptionally interesting subtropical highland climate. This translates to two rainy seasons. The southern sloping terrain enables a natural drainage flow that settles in the southern plains, causing occasional flooding.[read more]

Wind Energy Jobs are Also Water Conservation Jobs [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 1, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Wind and Water Conservation

Think you’d like to work in the field of water conservation? Though you may be tempted to think that such gigs exist almost completely within the non-profit, academic, and government spheres, water gets used (and often reused) in all sorts of industries.[read more]

Lessons Learned from Limiting My Water Use: You Don't Waste What You Don't Have

October 29, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Water Use and Waste Prevention

I’m still thinking about my 4 Liters Challenge from a few weeks ago – it’s amazing how much we take a resource like water for granted! While a number of things I learned stand out, I constantly come back to turning on the water without even thinking about it – I had to catch myself a number of times.[read more]

The Many, Many Health Benefits of Water [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 25, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

The Importance of Water

Drinking water is good for you. Duh! Yes, we all know that water is vital to maintaining health, and even life itself; if asked to name the health benefits of water beyond “maintaining health and life itself,” though, most of us might find ourselves stumped.[read more]

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Indian Industry Think Tank Proposes Improved Government Guidelines on Smart Cities Resilience Model

October 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

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An Indian business think tank has developed a Smart Cities Maturity Model (SCMM) to establish the metrics to be applied to a Future City for gauging resilience. It argues that current investment in India for its 100 Smart Cities programme must apply these to be successful, and is dangerously narrow-focussed at present.[read more]