The fate of our planet has considerably worsened in the last 24 hours. Donald Trump has taken his first steps towards unwinding his predecessor Barack Obama’s hard-won climate change legacy. In his inaugural budget on Thursday, the tycoon tweeter proposed slashing the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by some 2.7 billion dollars. Such a move would scrap funding for a string of environmental programs, including Obama’s landmark plan to fight climate change by reining in emissions from America’s vast fleet of power plants. “Literally and figuratively, this is a scorched-earth budget that represents an all-out assault on clean air, water, and land,” said Gina McCarthy, Obama’s last EPA chief.
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Trump Threatens To Take Us Back To The Climate Dark Ages
The United States population hovers around 320 million people. We represent less than 5 percent of the world’s population – 7.4 billion people, yet, use roughly 25 percent of the world’s resources.
Tamara Avellán, United Nations University By 2025, absolute water scarcity will be a daily reality for an estimated 1.8 billion people. In a world where vital resources are increasingly scarce, nations cannot afford to flush them down the drain. But that is exactly what we do. After we use water in our homes and businesses, it is washed away, and takes many valuable resources with it. Waste water is rich in carbon and nutrients and – if collected and treated properly – it could provide new water, fertiliser, and energy. A number of nations and major cities have already built sophisticated waste water treatment plants that effectively recover nutrients and bioenergy, and produce “new water” that can be reused. But more than 80% of all waste water still currently flows into natural ecosytems, polluting the environment and taking valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials with it. Think smaller While waste-water systems in large cities are often effective, they are also very expensive to construct and costly to maintain and operate. This is still better than the situation in smaller cities.
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How Recycled Water Could Revolutionise Sustainable Development
By Zenia Tata, Executive Director, Global Expansion, XPRIZE On World Water Day, we are served a powerful reminder that water is life. Water is the universal link between human survival, our climate system and sustainable global development. But a quick search on Google with the question, “Will earth ever run out of water?” will spring up an optimistic ‘never’ in a matter of milliseconds. A check of the facts illustrates that planet Earth is covered with 71% water and the amount of water will always remain the same, merely changing its form over time. However, according to The United Nations World Water Development Report 2016, the world could face a 40% global water deficit by 2030
Why Our Global Water Crisis Needs A Moonshot
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Meet The Woman Rescuing Millions of Honey Bees
And it’s not just lefty TreeHuggers who are outraged; Everybody is in on this war of words
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It’s World Water Day, and the Great Lakes are at risk thanks to proposed EPA cutbacks
A group of 19 nurses decided to test a plant-based diet, here’s what happened.
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7 things that happened to these nurses after going vegan for 21 days