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Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems?

High Country News

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Clean water and healthy ecosystems are becoming increasingly difficult to come by. With floating islands and other inventions, eco-entrepreneur Bruce Kania thinks that biomimicry - such as reconstructing wetlands and growing biofilms - can tackle the toughest of water problems.

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The Battle to Keep Ho Chi Minh City Above Water

WWNO

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Geography and climate change challenge the viability of coastal cities in Vietnam. An architect in Ho Chi Minh City designed green roofs to absorb the rainwater which causes floods.

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When Life Gives You Rainwater, Make Shrimp Ponds

WWNO

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Farmers in Vietnam face rising sea levels but rejected the city's water engineering projects. They prefer gradual measures to cope with climate change so scientists have allowed the farmers to steer the conversation.

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Better Together

WWNO

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Louisiana and Vietnam both need affordable solutions to rising sea levels. Leaders from Vietnam visited Louisiana to compare ideas.

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Harnessing Local Pride for Global Conservation

The New York Times

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The World Conservation Union estimates that 40 percent of the more than 40,000 species it tracks on its Red List are close to extinction and this problem requires humans to change their behavior to fix it. Rare’s the Pride Campaign uses social marketing to attract attention and communicate the c...

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On Columbia, ‘just add water' seems to be working

The Seattle Times

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New water management technology implemented along the Columbia has significantly helped the fish population - specifically salmon - return to healthy numbers and has restored much of the community and industry that revolves around the river, including for native peoples.

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Political will at the heart of Indian Ocean climate change solutions

Diplomat East Africa

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The Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge is an initiative that unites those islands and coastal nations on the Indian Ocean to unite in efforts to develop and use resources sustainably while combating the negative effects of rapid climate change. Focus on food security, protecting vulnerable ar...

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Protecting the Rio Grande Basin's dwindling water

El Paso Times

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The El Paso Times reports from the heart of the Rio Grande Basin - where drought has led to dramatic decreases in water supply, and serious changes in management of river resources are called for - on how the region plans to tackle the effects of climate change. Citizens work to increase water re...

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City of El Paso to wean itself from river water

El Paso Times

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In response to dwindling water resources and climate change, the El Paso Water Utility is searching for ways to end the city's dependence on surface water from the river, including starting to reuse the water that runs out one of the city's four wastewater-treatment plants.

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Coral cultivation offers hope to devastated western Indian Ocean reefs

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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Warming water has led to the collapse of coral reef systems in the western Indian Ocean, essential to fisheries, protecting shorelines, and reducing beach erosion and sea-level rise. Marine scientists from of Nature Seychelles, as part of an international project to protect and restore the reefs,...

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