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New sanitation system tested in Arctic village of Kivalina

Anchorage Daily News

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Lack of access to sanitary bathrooms in the village of Kivalina, Alaska led to the implementation of a novel, home-based water sanitation system, currently being tested for effectiveness. The hope is that it proves to be a solution for areas all over the state with lack of access to clean water s...

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How Did the Meadow Vole Cross the Road? Designing travel routes for wildlife

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As a state with robust populations of wildlife, Montana has had its share of roadkill. Its Department of Transportation developed animal shelving, a type of wildlife crossing, to enable safe passage for small animals who need to cross the road. The measure, combined with other types of crossings,...

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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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The Art of Water Recovery

The New York Times

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While California is experiencing its worst drought in history, The World Bank estimates that water systems worldwide have real losses (leakages) of 8.6 trillion gallons per year, about half of that in developing countries. A new leak detection system aims to save 10 billion gallons of water, 7 mi...

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Out of India's Trash Heaps, More Than a Shred of Dignity

The New York Times

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Throughout India, wastepickers – people who scour landfills for garbage they can sell to recyclers – live at the bottom of society. But the city of Pune did something radical: with the help of a collective, they did away with expensive garbage trucks, and now all household garbage is collected by...

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How to Grow More Food with Less Water

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Water shortages caused by drought have increased across the globe, and farmers are faced with economic burdens. The U.S. government has developed different sensors for irrigation devices that gauge water demand and help conserve use.

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In Bangladesh, 'Floating Farms' Overcome Monsoon Rains

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During rain seasons in Bangladesh, rivers flooded villages and their agriculture so that local economies and food supplies were in jeopardy. A Bangladeshi non-profit Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha introduced small floating farms designed to be run by women. Consequently, the organization has initia...

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In India, Latrines Are Truly Lifesavers

The New York Times

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India has had a problem in which 620 million people openly defecate outdoors, causing harm to hygiene, sanitation, food, and water resources. The president of India funded an initiative to build public toilets for the people in his country, but the people did not use them because of old traditio...

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Indian authorities are out in force to enforce use of toilets

Global Post

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The Indian government is attempting to stop the way in which people openly defecate in public by providing households with toilets. The real key is education about hygiene so the people understand why proper toilets are necessary to clean drinking water and public health.

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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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