LG Sound has been honoured with the WTP Water Innovation Award in Brussels.
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While the pundits and partisan experts continue to argue over the validity of global warming, there is little doubt that climate change is a reality. The rapidly increasing changes in our climate are impacting our water supply.
Scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) have calculated how much of this essential resource the world risks losing to the effects of climate change. Droughts will become more widespread and wildfires are expected to get bigger, longer and smokier by 2050. The growing world population and its increase in water consumption are also straining fresh water resources. Water sources are melting and drying out.
37 nations already make do with the bare minimum in water resources, according to experts at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a co-author of the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas. Massive investments in efficient water management are necessary to counter the effects of water scarcity.
Agriculture is the world’s largest consumer of water
In times of rising food prices, the agricultural sector has become more interesting for investors. Asian companies, particularly in China, as well as their European counterparts are buying up large swaths of land in Africa to grow food products. They, too, have a vested interest in good harvests and are keen on investment in any aspect of agriculture that offers a significant opportunity to reduce its demand for water. However, technical solutions to save water in agriculture will play only a small role due to the high costs.
Changes in the world’s agriculture and eating habits need to be re-examined
Hunger follows on the heels of water scarcity
Agriculture must change in order to counter dwindling water resources. Climate researchers warn of an increased risk of hunger, in particular in poorer countries, with farmers trying to adapt to cycles of recurring drought and extreme, torrential rains. One way to counter these extremes is through organic farming, which strengthens the capacity of the soil to absorb water, to enrich it and later deliver it again to the plants.
Organic farming could also limit the spread of diseases and pests without farmers having to resort to pesticides. Crop rotation and diversity would make it more difficult for diseases and crop destroyers to infest cultivated areas. This was common practice for many generations before industrial farming began.
In addition, consumers will have to alter their habits in ways that include eating less meat and seeking out crops more attuned to local conditions. In dry regions of the world, farmers could plant the cereal crop millet, which needs significantly less water than corn.
Another climate-friendly measure: growers and consumers should be located closer to one another to decrease theamount of shipments and transports.
Such changes would help feed a constantly growing global population. Even today, the world produces enough food for 14 billion people.
We don’t need to produce more food – what we need is better quality and more diversity.
Access to safe drinking water has improved over the last decades in almost every part of the world, but approximately one billion people still lack access to safe water and over 2.5 billion lack access to adequate sanitation.
There is a clear correlation between access to safe water and GDP per capita. However, some observers have estimated that by 2025 more than half of the world population will be facing water-based vulnerability. A report, issued in November 2009, suggests that by 2030, in some developing regions of the world, water demand will exceed supply by 50%. Approximately 70% of the fresh water used by humans goes to agriculture.References:
The summer of 2013 will certainly go into the record books as one of the wettest and most costly summers in decades. This freakish weather was at the complete opposite end of the spectrum from the summer of 2012; remember the devastating droughts only a year ago?
As Mother Nature rampaged across North America with heavy rains, which combined with the snow-pack run-off, the flash floods resulted in billions of dollars of damage and thousands and thousands of people left homeless or without power. In fact, the amount that insurers pay out in damage claims due to severe weather has DOUBLED every 5 to 10 years since 1980.
As we head into fall and winter, there is nothing more certain than the uncertainty of the weather and what may lie in store for us. With businesses, farms, municipalities, and families increasing reliant on dependable power, even a short term outage can mean a significant loss in productivity, availability of safe, clean drinking water, and safe, effective waste-water treatment.
As survival expert, Pat Cascio, says, “In a disaster, most people die from dehydration or water-borne illnesses”. It is becoming increasingly apparent that preparation for any weather extremes or emergency situations has to become second-nature to us. Could you and your family survive for a week without electricity, fresh water, food, or the ability to get out of your home?
One of our products, the SolarBag, is ideal for this kind of situation and should be an important component of any emergency kit. Other important items include flashlights, canned food, propane cooker, candles, and of course charged cell phones.
Let’s all learn from our experiences and life’s repeated lessons. Let’s make 2013 the year that we took emergency preparedness seriously, for us, our families, our neighbors, and our communities.
The provincial government of British Columbia has just passed their new Water Act, after four years of research and consultations with industry, communities, and First Nations to replace outdated legislation from 1909.
The legislation is focused mainly on the allocation of water and large scale users, like Nestle, who have been able to use unlimited supplies of fresh groundwater, without cost, will now be charged a nominal fee.
While this is expected to regulate groundwater consumption, while adding to the provincial government’s coffers, many critics argue that the act does not go far enough. In fact, environment minister Mary Polak, even admits that the act will not cover off every single aspect of water protection and water use.
For a copy of the news articles by Canadian Press and the Globe & Mail, click here.
Tapped – The Truth about the Bottled Water Industry
Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce?
I am sure that you have heard or read about the ills of the bottled water industry. From the BPA in the bottles to the mass amounts of plastic waste covering our earth and entering our water ways.
It is time we get all the facts and you will be amazed at how deep this problem really is.
“Tapped” is a Documentary film about the Bottled Water Industry.
In the film “Tapped” you will be educated on bottle water and all of it’s faults. It examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.
“Tapped” is an amazing documentary that presents an overwhelming amount of evidence which will change the way anyone thinks about bottled and municipal water.
From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car? and I.O.U.S.A., Tapped takes a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of the bottled water industry — an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.
From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public’s right to water.
“Tapped” immediately breaks down the false notions surrounding the so called “benefits” of bottled water. It points out that 40% of bottled water is merely filtered municipal water – looking at you, Dasani and Aquafina. They also point out numerous times that it’s no safer than municipal water because the bottled water industry is largely unregulated whereas municipalities are held to strict testing under the EPA. But that’s just the tip of the bottled water-berg. Nearly the first half of the film documents the plight of a Maine town in which Nestle has moved in and taken over use of the city’s groundwater. This water source is governed differently than ponds, springs, rivers, etc. Essentially, whoever has the abilities to pump the most water, gets the most water. Nestle accesses the water for free, then bottles it and sells it for a profit. This leaves townsfolk unhappy as their own municipal water supply dwindles and must be transferred to another water well, resulting in service interruption which doesn’t seem to affect Nestle’s operation in the slightest. Water companies operate like this all over the country – moving into rural areas to perform “water mining,” wherein they extract water that is free and then sell it for billions of dollars.
I am from Maine and know this to be true. Nestle purchased Poland Spring Water. Poland Spring water was once actually drawn from a spring in Poland Maine, not any more. Many rural towns in Maine are being affected by the “water mining” referred to in the film.
If you have not seen “Tapped” it is time that you do.
Watch “Tapped” now!
If this does not make you re-think your use of bottled water, nothing will!
Remember, before bottled water we found ways to get our thirst quenched. Watch an old Western movie or war movie and see your hero’s get a refreshing drink of water from a Canteen.
If your tap water gives you concerns, get yourself some type of water filtration system. Then find a re-useable water container that works best for you.
Just say “NO” to bottled water.
Until next time…
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It seems that almost the entire world is now realizing the health consequences of poisoning the water supply with fluoride. Most developed nations, including all of Japan and 97% of western Europe, do not fluoridate their water. Israel will now be added to that list in 2014. This begs the question as to when the west will wake up from their unscientific beliefs and embrace the irrefutable evidence that ingestion of fluoride is of no benefit and actually a detriment to human health.
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Additional information on our site about the health effects of water fluoridation can be found here: http://www.puroxi.com/reports-case-studies
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While the debate continues about global warming, many parts of central and northern Ontario are experiencing some of the worst flooding since 1985. Regardless of the root cause, the sudden increase of summer-like temperatures across the province has brought a rush of snow melt, sparking flood alerts from Bracebridge and Muskoka to Sudbury, Timins and the James Bay area. Evacuation orders and a state of emergency have been declared in many communities, especially First Nations Communities. Similar situations also exist in parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Failing water treatment plants, water run-off, sewer back-ups, and well water contamination have contributed to a drinking water crisis. In emergency situations like this, people need access to safe, clean drinking water for their family, pets, and animals.
Our SolarBag is the ideal solution for this situations like this and we hope that people, agencies, and government take advantage of this eco-friendly, chemical-free, and easy to use product. Our thoughts, best wishes & prayers are with all of those affected.
SIGN THE PLEDGE!
Thank you to everyone (over 550 people!) who has signed the pledge to state that they agree that high quality water should be available to all Canadians. Please visit www.safewater.org and sign the pledge (it takes less than one minute).
With 1,109 Boil Water Advisories and 47 Do Not Drink Orders in Canada at this time it is important for everyone’s voice to be heard concerning this important issue.
This is your last chance to sign your name on the pledge as it will only be on the Safe Drinking Water Foundation website until Monday, April 22nd (Earth Day)!
Please visit our website for more information about SDWF and Earth Day …
In an ongoing effort to reduce the dependence and amount of antibiotics used in farming, USDA scientists at College Station, TX have discovered that providing sodium chlorate in the drinking water or feed of livestock will reduce the intestinal concentrations of bacteria harmful to humans.
You can read a summary of the report here: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/06/usda-makes-progress-on-alternatives-to-antibiotics/