Pumping draws arsenic toward a big-city aquifer
Naturally occurring arsenic pollutes wells across the world, especially in south and southeast Asia, where an estimated 100 million people are exposed to levels that can cause heart, liver and kidney problems, ...
Americans worry about water use in energy production, survey says
Many Americans are concerned about the amount of water being used in energy production as much of the country continues to struggle with drought, according to a new survey.
Calif. city gets free Wi-Fi via high tech meters
The city of Santa Clara is flipping on a big Internet switch this week, becoming what it says is the first in the country to use wireless, digital "smart meters" on homes as channels for free citywide outdoor Wi-Fi.
Tree death patterns revealed through statistical lens
New methods of analysing high resolution digital airborne imagery are being trialled in a bid to track water usage in Perth's drying climate.
Eating habits in China spur global shift in water use
(Phys.org)—A decade ago, a shockwave raced through the world's agricultural markets. China opened its borders to foreign-grown soy.
Is your utility meter getting personal?
As of 2010, more than a third of all utility meters in the United States used wireless automatic meter reading (AMR) technology – 47 million in all. They make it a lot easier for the utility company to gather data on electricity, ...
Looking at sachet water consumption in Ghana
Many of West Africa's largest cities continue to lag in their provision of piped water to residents. Filling the service gap are plastic water sachets, which have become an important source of drinking water ...
Mobile technology to fix hand pumps in Africa
(Phys.org) -- Thousands of families affected by the ongoing drought in East Africa are set to benefit from improved water supplies thanks to innovative mobile technology designed by Oxford University.
India case study: Corporate social responsibility doesn't always work
(Phys.org) —The idea of corporate social responsibility to manage common-pool resources such as water, forests and pastures is flawed, says a University of Michigan researcher.
Plan for crucial Australian rivers draws anger
Farmers Monday slammed the government's draft plan to rescue a crucial river system supplying Australia's food bowl, saying it will destroy communities and put pressure on food prices.
Consortium helps consumers ID which common brands are most sustainable
(Phys.org)—As you do your shopping this holiday season, would it help to know exactly which toys, electronics, food and other items are better for the environment? A prominent researcher at the W. P. Carey School of Business ...
Clothing, food and electricity impact most on water footprint
Australians have been working hard to cut down their household’s daily water consumption, however a new study in the latest edition of Building Research & Information reveals that clothing, food and electricity are th ...
Salt-tolerant crops show higher capacity for carbon fixation
Salt can have drastic effects on the growth and yield of horticultural crops; studies have estimated that salinity renders an about one-third of the world's irrigated land unsuitable for crop production. Imbalances in soil ...
Intelligent, efficient and sustainable use of water on golf courses
A wireless system capable of optimally irrigating golf courses promises not only better-cared for greens and fairways but substantial savings in water usage as well. In fact, the EU-funded WaterGolf project, ...