80+1 » Water http://www.80plus1.org A Journey Around the World Thu, 25 Nov 2010 14:24:05 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Water remains key for African development http://www.80plus1.org/blog/water-remains-key-for-african-development http://www.80plus1.org/blog/water-remains-key-for-african-development#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2009 16:45:50 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2064 It’s no secret that we all need water to drink. It’s also no secret that every country needs water to do business at the most fundamental level.

In fact, a recent piece in Reuters says that agricultural and development-oriented investors could…

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It’s no secret that we all need water to drink. It’s also no secret that every country needs water to do business at the most fundamental level.

In fact, a recent piece in Reuters says that agricultural and development-oriented investors could very much focus their attention on water-related projects, particularly in Africa.

The news service reports:

About 70 percent of global water used is for agriculture, and in some developing countries where populations are growing fastest that figure is as much as 90 percent. Australia’s drought helped sharply boost global rice prices last year. Companies that make products that require large amount of water, such as meat and biofuels, are seen facing increasing risk as water becomes more scarce.

In related news, citizens are taking organizing into their own hands as well. AlterNet points to examples in Vermont (USA) and Uruguay as to how communities are taking back and starting to exert better control over their local water supply.

There’s even been new examples of the commercialization of “water awareness” — there’s now a new bottled water company, “One Water,” which apparently will donate 100 percent of its profits back to water projects in developing countries.

No word yet on what impact One Water has had.

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Water: voestalpine asks: What’s the next step towards the future? http://www.80plus1.org/next-step/future-water http://www.80plus1.org/next-step/future-water#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2009 15:52:40 +0000 Admin http://www.80plus1.org/?p=1404 Water is either something taken for granted or a very precious commodity. Water quality, like air quality, is a key indicator of the state of our planet. Join our discussion of the next step to a better future, and send…

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Water is either something taken for granted or a very precious commodity. Water quality, like air quality, is a key indicator of the state of our planet. Join our discussion of the next step to a better future, and send us your ideas on the subject of water!

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International Space Station astronauts embrace urine recycled as water http://www.80plus1.org/blog/international-space-station-astronauts-embrace-urine-recycled-as-water http://www.80plus1.org/blog/international-space-station-astronauts-embrace-urine-recycled-as-water#comments Thu, 21 May 2009 18:58:57 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=1026 Yesterday, astronauts aboard the ISS took, what The Associated Press called: “one small sip for man and a giant gulp of recycled urine for mankind.”

Yep, scientists have now perfected recycling drinking water from human urine. Until now, Russian scientists get their…

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Yesterday, astronauts aboard the ISS took, what The Associated Press called: “one small sip for man and a giant gulp of recycled urine for mankind.”

Yep, scientists have now perfected recycling drinking water from human urine. Until now, Russian scientists get their water aboard the station by capturing moisture in the air.

We presume that the drinking water tastes more or less like water — those NASA dudes are smart folks. Indeed, the article describes a weeklong process whereby the urine is collected, the water is boiled off, and then collected. The uric acid and other brine is then discarded.

What do the astronauts themselves say about how it tastes?

Reports the AP:

“The taste is great,” American astronaut Michael Barratt said.

Then as Russian Gennady Padalka tried to catch little bubbles of the clear water floating in front of him, Barratt called the taste “worth chasing.”

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The Guardian (UK) Visits the South-North Water Diversion Scheme in China http://www.80plus1.org/blog/the-guardian-uk-visits-the-south-north-water-diversion-scheme-in-china http://www.80plus1.org/blog/the-guardian-uk-visits-the-south-north-water-diversion-scheme-in-china#comments Tue, 19 May 2009 15:31:46 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=1010 For years, China has been undertaking a little-reported engineering project, the South-North Water Diversion Scheme.

The idea is to bring massive amounts of water from the water-rich south to Beijing and other parts of the drought-ridden north.

This half-century old project…

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For years, China has been undertaking a little-reported engineering project, the South-North Water Diversion Scheme.

The idea is to bring massive amounts of water from the water-rich south to Beijing and other parts of the drought-ridden north.

This half-century old project is more than twice as expensive as the Three Gorges Dam and three times more than the railway to Tibet, reports The Guardian.

The British newspaper was recently allowed to go into the pits and tunnels at Jiaozuo in Henan province, at the heart of the entire project — one of the first foreign media outlets to do so.

At a cost of $62 million, the project aims to bring water from the Yangtze basin through massive underground pipes, tunnels and other infrastructure to areas near the Yellow river.

Not surprisingly, there are groups inside and outside China that worry about how the south will be affected by this massive piece of engineering.

In an interview with the paper, Peter Bosshard of International Rivers said:

“Transferring water from the Yangtze tributaries to the thirsty plains of northern China may well lead to environmental collapse of the Han river, the Three Gorges reservoir, and the Yangtze delta. To resolve its water crisis, China needs to phase out thirsty industries and agricultural crops in the drought-prone north and replace them with more environmentally sound practices.”

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Water http://www.80plus1.org/topics/water http://www.80plus1.org/topics/water#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2009 17:35:46 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://90.146.8.9/80plus1/2009/04/waterwasser/ Water is something you either take for granted or you don’t, depending on where you live. It’s also, like air, an important indicator of planetary wellness. We will explore daily lifestyles different from our own to open up a global…

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Water is something you either take for granted or you don’t, depending on where you live. It’s also, like air, an important indicator of planetary wellness. We will explore daily lifestyles different from our own to open up a global discussion on water usage.

How Wikipedia around the World defines Water (add your language)

English: Water is a common chemical substance that is essential for the survival of all known forms of life.

Spanish: Water is a compound consisting of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen.

Chinese (水): Water, H20, is an unorganic substance, made of the elements oxygen and hydrogen. Under normal pressure and temperature it is colourless, scentless and transparent liquid.

German: Water (H2O) is a chemical compound constituted formed by the elements oxygen (O) and hydrogen (H).

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