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Compare and Contrast: Bangkok on alert as 70,000 homes flood in Thailand
Thai authorities have rushed to protect parts of Bangkok from flood waters that have already inundated 70,000 homes and killed six people in the country’s northern and central provinces. Tropical Storm Dianmu has caused flooding in 30 provinces, with the kingdom’s central region the worst hit, the Thai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said. Click here to continue reading
How undersea aquifers could become a source of fresh water for coastal communities
Groundwater under the sea floor off the coast of Prince Edward Island could solve a host of problems for the Island, but there are a lot of questions that need to be answered first. The research vessel Maria S. Merian is currently off the North Shore of P.E.I., using various techniques to search for groundwater below the bottom of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Click here to continue reading
Canadian railways could run out of grain to transport due to drought: analyst
Red Deer Advocate
Canada’s two largest railways may run out of grain to move and face revenue challenges in the coming year as the domestic grain crop is expected to decrease 37 per cent due to drought conditions across the Prairies despite a slight improvement in August. Click here to continue reading
Fade to blue: Mountain lakes losing unique colour due to climate change, says study
The distinctive milky turquoise of mountain lakes is going the way of the glaciers that feed them, according to new research. The delicate, translucent celadon that says ‘alpine’ to mountain-lovers everywhere comes from glacial meltwater. Even small glaciers are massive rivers of ice that can pulverize rock into flour-fine particles and it’s those particles that tint the lakes. Click here to continue reading
Compare and Contrast: Almost half a million US households lack indoor plumbing: ‘The conditions are inhumane’
Almost half a million American households lack basic indoor plumbing, with renters and people of color in some of the country’s wealthiest and fastest growing cities most likely to be living without running water or flushing toilets, new research reveals. Click here to continue reading
Alberta irrigation districts say system passed drought test
The Western Producer
It’s been a tough year for farmers, but leaders in two of Alberta’s largest irrigation districts say they were able to meet demand and continue to do more with less water. Increased efficiencies in the South Saskatchewan River Basin meant districts didn’t draw their full licensed allocation, despite the need for extra water due to heat and dry weather . Click here to continue reading
Manitoba drought far from over despite recent rain
The Western Producer
Manitoba is finally green. From April to early August, lawns, pastures and hay crops looked dead and brown in much of the province. However, thanks to above average rainfall in the last six weeks, the brown colour shifted to green. The green lawns and pastures are nice to look at, but the colour is deceptive because southern Manitoba remains in a drought. Click here to continue reading
Compare and Contrast: Failure to regulate flood plain harvesting ‘a real embarrassment’, Bret Walker tells NSW inquiry
Australia’s failure to regulate flood plain harvesting was “a real embarrassment”, but the practice was unlikely to be illegal. Bret Walker SC, one of the nation’s most highly regarded lawyers, said the failure of eastern states to address flood plain harvesting over the last 100 years was inconsistent with proper management of a valuable public natural resource. Click here to continue reading
Energy Innovation Brief: Green Hydrogen from Salty Water
Canada West Foundation
"Green Hydrogen from Salty Water"
With the hype around green hydrogen growing by the day, one major barrier has yet to be resolved: how to produce hydrogen from saltwater. Currently the electrolysers used for hydrogen production—PEM and Alkaline electrolysers—rely on pure distilled water as an input. Now, sHYp B.V., a Baltimore-based company, has developed a new hydrogen electrolysis technology that can produce H2 directly from seawater using 3D printed membrane-less electrolysers. Click here to continue reading
Energy Innovation Brief: A Tale of Two Toilets
Canada West Foundation
In the new Energy Innovation Brief, two articles highlight water innovations that could have major impacts on the water industry.
"A Tale of Two Toilets"
A professor at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea has developed a toilet that turns human waste into energy by using microorganisms to produce biogas. The gas is then used to power a boiler, a stove and a fuel cell. But it doesn’t stop there: the professor has also developed a crypto currency—Ggool—that is linked to use of the toilet. Users of the toilet earn 10 Ggool per day, and can use the currency for purchases on campus. Click here to continue reading
Water supply in Morden better than expected after extreme drought conditions
CTV News Winnipeg
The City of Morden said its current water supply is better than initially expected after experiencing extreme drought conditions. Over the summer, the city implemented water conservation measures, urging residents and businesses to cut back on their water usage. On Wednesday, Morden said these measures were effective in slowing the drawdown rate of the lake. Click here to continue reading