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Underwater Camera Rig Built by Students and Teacher Deployed to Observe Antarctic Fish

The icy Southern Ocean that surrounds Antarctica is about as cold, stormy and inhospitable a body of water as can be imagined. But thanks to the ingenuity of a group of high-school students, their teacher and a miniature video camera on a cable, it has also become a real-life classroom for budding marine engineers.


Water Isotopes Found to Leave Fingerprints for Climate Scientists

Researchers study water vapor to learn more about the water cycle and impacts of climate change

University of Colorado meteorologist David Noone and his team are working to understand how water moves around the planet. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the project team observes and analyzes the stable isotope composition of water vapor and precipitation, primarily at the 300-meter (984-foot) Boulder Atmospheric Observatory tower.


How To Reduce Environmental and Human Health Impacts of Development

How the built environment, the way we build our cities and towns, directly affects our environment and public health is considered in a comprehensive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report released on June 17, 2013. The report and associated resources offer advice on how to reduce environmental and human health impacts of development. 


National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Offers Sustainability Models

From its ultra energy-efficient buildings to its campus-wide infrastructure, the U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has built a state-of-the-art "laboratory of the future" to facilitate innovative research, development, and commercialization of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. 


Global Leader In Drip Irrigation Receives Stockholm Industry Water Award

Netafim, a leading provider of drip irrigation worldwide, was named winner of the 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award. Currently, more than ten million hectares of farmland are irrigated with drip irrigation, a technology pioneered by Netafim that dramatically improves water, energy and labour productivity.


One Health Initiative Advances Care for Humans, Animals and the Environment

“One Health is the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, plants and our environment.”

“One Health implementation will help protect and/or save untold millions of lives in our generation and for those to come.”


"Ocean In Focus" Photography Contest to Advance Ocean Conservation: Finalists Announced

SeaWeb, an international non-profit ocean conservation organization, announced the six finalists of the Marine Photobank’s fifth annual “Ocean In Focus” photography contest on 12 March 2013. The contest aims to illuminate the human-ocean connection and advance ocean conservation through photography.


Book “Water Ethics” Calls for Use of Practical Wisdom from Different Cultures to Address Water Crisis

Peter Brown and Jeremy Schmidt’s book “Water Ethics” proposes “…that we will need to think about water ecologically—as something that binds us together in a shared and interdependent world—and which we must all steward together,” and “… for that the practical wisdom accrued through centuries of different cultural approaches to water management should form the basis for ecologically sound water sharing practices.”

 


NASA Satellites Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East

A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade.


Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Install 69,500 Photovoltaic Solar Panels To Generate 16 Megawatts (MW) of Power

Sainsbury's has installed 69,500 new photovoltaic solar panels, or 16 MW of power, across 169 stores in the UK.  The significant investment means collectively Sainsbury's supermarkets currently host the largest solar array in the UK and Europe. The solar power will reduce Sainsbury's total CO2 emissions by an estimated 6,800 tonnes per year, and each store's energy consumption as well as delivering energy cost savings.

 


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