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Browsing the "Water" Category

Refurbishing Baseload Power Stations To Backup Renewables

September 4th, 2018 | by George Harvey

A number of stories have popped up in the news recently about turning traditional hydroelectric stations, which generate power by using water captured from a flowing river, into pumped storage facilities, which cycle the water using more energy to do so than they produce


The Paintbrush: An Unexpected New Tool For City Planners

September 4th, 2018 | by The Beam

By bringing nature back into cities and working with water, rather than against it, cities can improve livability for citizens, and create greater resilience for urban centers. There are also many examples coming to light demonstrating that yellow, red, and white infrastructure are on the rise too. Cities are changing the whole concept of infrastructure, and planners are painting their way to resilient, low-carbon futures


Study Hall LA Taught Los Angeles About Sustainable Fashion

September 3rd, 2018 | by Susanna Schick

On a balmy Sunday in August, the cognoscenti of the sustainable fashion world took over Los Angeles' chic Ace Hotel theater to carry the message that it is indeed possible to build a line of clothing without destroying the lives of everyone it touches along the way. The Library’s Study Hall was packed with great new information on how to build a sustainable clothing line


Why I Cut Meat From My Diet (Spoiler: It Wasn’t For The Planet)

July 19th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Since cutting meat from my diet, my eyes have been opened to the numerous other reasons people get rid of meat from their diets. Here on CleanTechnica, we should talk more about the climate impact of eating meat, because it's huge and yes, cow farts are a part of the equation


From China To Michigan, Elon Musk Rules The Twittersphere

July 12th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley

After Elon Musk concluded a deal to build a manufacturing plant in Shanghai this week, he flew to Beijing to talk with Chinese leaders about weightier matters -- things like peaceful coexistence, the future of humanity, and preventing an environmental catastrophe. Afterward he tweeted, "Excellent meetings with senior leaders in China. Very thoughtful about the long-term future."


US DOE Funds Projects Aimed At Cutting Costs Of Solar Thermal Desalination

July 8th, 2018 | by Nexus Media

Desalination plants require a tremendous amount of energy, making them extremely costly to run. And, if that energy comes from burning fossil fuels, it will only make climate change worse. The Department of Energy (DOE) is looking to tackle both problems by funding research aimed at dramatically reducing the cost of using solar power to get the salt out of seawater


Irvine Ranch Water District Adds Tesla Powerpacks, Estimates Annual Savings of $500,000

June 26th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

The Irvine Water District and Michelson Capital announced the completion of the nation's largest behind-the-meter energy storage project at the Irvine Ranch Water District's (IRWD) Michelson Water Recycling Plant. The new 2.5MW/15MWh installation is a part of a distributed network of 11 energy storage installations at the water district's recycling and pumping facilities that together total 7MW/34MWh


Waterbit Brings The Power Of Connectivity To Crop Irrigation Systems, Saving Both Water & Money

June 12th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

The team at WaterBit has built a water-saving solution that proposes to use the power of sensors and connectivity to put an intelligent crop watering solution into the hands of farmers. It does this with a complex array of sensors and solar-powered communication hubs that give farmers unprecedented insights into crop behavior across the entire farm, driving savings of water of up to 40% while maintaining or increasing overall crop yield


The Snow Drought In California Is Fueling Wildfires, Floods, & Mudslides

May 28th, 2018 | by Nexus Media

California is likely facing another year of water woes. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which supplies up to a third of California’s water, is exceptionally meager this year. Experts found around half as much snow on the mountains as they typically would in early April, when the snowpack is historically most voluminous


EPA “Head” Scott Pruitt Discounts The Value Of Human Life (Literally)

May 8th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Scott Pruitt, still clinging to the helm of President Trump’s EPA, met with allies at the Heritage Foundation Wednesday for what one attendee described as a “deniers’ convention,” according to E&E News. Pruitt told attendees that he is planning to stop counting the co-benefits of environmental protections, The Daily Caller reported


Algae Blooms In Lakes & Oceans Creating Pollution That Harms People, Pets, & The Planet

May 7th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor

Aquatic ecologist John A. Downing happily remembers childhood holidays at his family’s vacation home at Wabana Lake, near Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The lake was upstream “from almost everything,” making it difficult for pollution to reach it, he said. But some eventually got there anyway. “It’s still beautiful, but somewhat greener around the edges,” he said. “I have been diving in these lakes since I was 9 years old, and as I get older, I notice there are more frequent surface algae blooms.”



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