The Future of Water

Where will water come from?

Earlier this month the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their landmark report on Global Warming of 1.5°C which warned the world has just 12 years to limit global warming in order to avoid extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty. So now feels like as good a time as ever to talk about the future.

What’s IS the world going to look like in 2050? or in 2100? And what role will water resources play in it all?

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Here in Australia it’s already clear that growing city populations and the drying climate have impacted the water storage levels. And in Perth, meeting our water supply demand by storing rainwater in dams is a distant memory. Clean drinking water in Perth is now sourced almost entirely from groundwater (~ 46%) and desalination (~45%) with less than 7% attributed to rainfall. Worryingly, almost half of people in WA don’t know where their drinking water comes from! If recent events in Cape Town teach us anything it’s that public awareness of clean water supplies is a crucial element of resource sustainability.

As water-related problems get more complicated we need to get smarter – the water industry needs digital disruption; machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) are combining to disrupt the way water businesses operate

As time goes by water is likely to play a larger role in political tension as well; both on a national and international scale. Researchers from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) analysed past “hydro-political interactions” (instances of conflict and cooperation over water resources) in international river basins to identify where conflict is likely to emerge around the world.

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So in the spirit of National Water Week, we here at Urbaqua encourage you to take a moment to think about the role that water currently plays in your life, how important clean water resources are to the way we live, and what you can do at an individual level to help relieve the enormous pressures that we’re collectively facing on sustainable clean water.

 

It’s National Water Week and the theme is ‘Water for Me, Water for All‘. Earlier this month the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their landmark report on Global Warming of 1.5°C which warned the world has just 12 years to limit global warming in order to avoid extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty. […]

via The Future of Water — The Essential Current

Forest fires force hundreds to evacuate in Appalachia

Dozens of wildfires ravaging forests in Appalachia are prompting mass evacuations — including an entire town in western North Carolina, a state official said. The Party Rock Fire, which has consumed about 2,000 acres, was headed toward Lake Lure, a community of about 1,200 people, beside a lake by the same name in Chimney Rock…

via Forest fires force hundreds to evacuate in Appalachia — myfox8.com

Firefighters Put Out Blaze On 250-Foot Cargo Ship

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Fire crews were able to put out a blaze on a 250-foot cargo ship Wednesday evening. While the fire is out, firefighters are on standby.

Yesenia Sanchez said it was quite a sight for her and her boys to see flashing lights filling the night sky.

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It was several hours after the ship caught fire at the marina off NW 22nd Ave and 14th street. Residents nearby admitted they were a little startled by it all.

“So I came out and I saw the vessel fuming with smoke,” said resident Bill Rodriguez. “The whole neighborhood was full of dark smoke.”

“It was a lot of smoke and the winds obviously carried it in directions toward the resident. The rain definitely didn’t help us at all so we were battling the weather conditions as well as the challenges of trying to get in and see exactly where we were going inside the ship,” said Miami Fire Capt. Ignatius Carroll.

But firefighters didn’t stay inside the ship long. The steel of the ship was so hot, it started to melt some of the boots on the the firefighters so they had to quickly retreat and start attacking the fire from the outside.

Fire investigators believe the fire started while some welding work was being done on the ship.

Fortunately, no one was injured but the damage appeared extensive.

Their battle with the blaze proved to be a delicate balancing act between fighting the flames and making sure to remove water which was accumulating on the ship, making sure the vessel didn’t start to sink.

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Fire crews were able to put out a blaze on a 250-foot cargo ship Wednesday evening. While the fire is out, firefighters are on standby.
Yesenia Sanchez said it was quite a sight for her and her boys to see flashing lights filling the night sky.
It was several hours after the ship caught fire at the marina off NW 22nd Ave and 14th street. Residents nearby admitted they were a little startled by it all.
“So I came out and I saw the vessel fuming with smoke,” said resident Bill Rodriguez. “The whole neighborhood was full of dark smoke.”
“It was a lot of smoke and the winds obviously carried it in directions toward the resident. The rain definitely didn’t help us at all so we were battling the weather conditions as well as the challenges of trying to get in and see exactly where we were going inside the ship,” said Miami Fire Capt. Ignatius Carroll.
But firefighters didn’t stay inside the ship long. The steel of the ship was so hot, it started to melt some of the boots on the the firefighters so they had to quickly retreat and start attacking the fire from the outside.
Fire investigators believe the fire started while some welding work was being done on the ship.
Fortunately, no one was injured but the damage appeared extensive.
Their battle with the blaze proved to be a delicate balancing act between fighting the flames and making sure to remove water which was accumulating on the ship, making sure the vessel didn’t start to sink.
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