Article: US and Iranian researchers collaborate on Lake Urmia restoration

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US and Iranian researchers collaborate on Lake Urmia restoration

In a rare exchange, scientists and water resources engineers from Iran and Utah are collaborating on a bold scientific study to restore one of the world’s largest saline lakes.

Lake Urmia — a massive salt lake in Iran’s northwest and a sister to Utah’s Great Salt Lake — has lost nearly 95 percent of its volume over the last two decades. As water levels drop, salinity spikes, threatening the lake’s brine shrimp population and the flamingos and other bird species that depend on the shrimp for food.

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Article: Call for Code Global Challenge 2021: How innovators can help combat climate change with IBM’s open source-powered technology

Energy, Food, Innovation, Open Provisioning, Open Space, Water

Call for Code Global Challenge 2021: How innovators can help combat climate change with IBM’s open source-powered technology

Over the last 130 years, the temperature of the planet Earth has risen by 0.85 degree Celsius, and each passing decade over the last 30 years has been warmer than the previous decade. Climate change is considered to be one of the gravest threats that the planet is facing today. Its effect on weather events, sea levels, and human health and natural ecosystems are already being felt across the world and has spurred a dialogue about the way forward.

While the startup ecosystem has been leveraging technology and innovation over the past few years to build impactful solutions, there’s a long way to go. To that end, the 2021 Call for Code Global Challenge aims to galvanise use of innovation to discover potential solutions which can mitigate the effects of the climate crisis.

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Article: Water – the next frontier for smart network technologies

Open Provisioning, Water

Water – the next frontier for smart network technologies

The electricity smart grid has attracted much publicity as smart meters and subsequently other smart technologies have brought intelligence and automation to the distribution and transmission systems.

Though not so high profile, the water networks are no less significant in need of being ‘smartened’.

Smart water metering is one key technology. While water meter reading requirements are not so stringent as electricity and demand management is not generally a requirement, smart water metering is no less important in securing regular and accurate readings for billing and eliminating the need for physical meter reading.

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Article: InnoCentive Launches Open Innovation Challenge With Habitat for Humanity to Inexpensively Harvest Drinking Water in Mexico

Innovation, Open Provisioning, Open Space, Water

InnoCentive Launches Open Innovation Challenge With Habitat for Humanity to Inexpensively Harvest Drinking Water in Mexico

Open innovation firm InnoCentive is supporting global housing nonprofit Habitat for Humanity in a new Challenge to find low-cost solutions to harvest water and remove impurities so that water is suitable for human consumption.

Around 768 million people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water, and Mexico is one country that faces challenges in this area. Although more than a third of homes in Mexico suffer from water shortages, torrential rain does fall during certain months. However, without a proper management system, this water is unusable. Most rainwater is not fit for human consumption because of pollutants and microorganisms that cause severe illness when consumed.

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Article: Water: how to stop undervaluing a precious resource and be ready for the future

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Water: how to stop undervaluing a precious resource and be ready for the future

Today’s World Water Day revolves around the social, economic and environmental value of water, and the essential role it plays in everyone’s life. From determining where the world’s oldest cities were built and where conflicts break out, to ensuring that we can access internet services and stop the spread of COVID-19 today, the significance of the role that water plays in the world cannot be understated. Water means equality: local water resources and separate toilets can determine whether a girl accesses education, while globally, it impacts the distribution of wealth.

Access to water shapes economic development. An estimated $260 billion is lost globally every year due to the lack of basic water and sanitation. Neglecting water risks (pollution, over-usage, climate change impacting freshwater) will amount to US$301 billion in costs – five times higher than if we would face them. Without clean water, one-fifth of the US economy would come to a stop.

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Article: CydYnni – Energy Local, community hydro smart grid

Energy, Open Provisioning, Water

Energy Local, community hydro smart grid

Over the last year we have been involved in a project in our local area (Snowdonia, North Wales) called CydYnni – EnergyLocal. The project is at the forefront of making it possible for households to source their electricity directly from local, community-owned renewable sources.

The first part of the CydYnni project started with about 80 households (with 20 more joining soon) and a single 100 kW hydro generator. Using smart meters suitable for half hourly billing in participating households and at the hydro generator, the amount of hydro power used by the community is calculated for every half hour.

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Article: What’s in the Water? Is it an Open Source Water Quality Sensor?

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What’s in the Water? Is it an Open Source Water Quality Sensor?

Open source technologies are revolutionizing the process of gathering data by making it more economically and technologically accessible to citizen scientists, data journalists, and those in resource poor areas.

This blog will outline several open source initiatives, currently in development, which are poised to make a big splash in water quality science.

First, we must consider some of the things open source water technologies might aim to measure. There are many measurements used to assess water quality and indicate different types of potential pollution.

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