What we need is better policy guiding the management of our natural resources, shorter supply chains, and appropriate incentives for farmers to act responsibly, not another variation on the cheap food/wealthy processor theme.
The U.K. Prime Minister is clearly a fan of the HAPIfork. At a speech at Europe’s CeBIT tech conference yesterday, David Cameron announced an additional £45 million in funding for research in areas linked to the Internet of Things (IoT) — taking the total pot of cash sloshing around the U.K. for helping to develop connected cutlery and the like to £73 million (factoring in a series of previous funding announcements in this area).
Most of the future growth in water demand is likely to come from cities. Some therefore argue that urbanites should bear the burden of reducing demand. This is too kind to farmers, who waste far more. Crops that cannot be grown without subsidies should not be grown. It should not take a drought to make people stop building paddy fields in the sand.
The 25,000 shimmering lights that nightly transform the San Francisco Bay Bridge into a glowing white light sculpture are going to stick around. "Bay Lights has raised the bar worldwide on what can be accomplished with art in large public places," said Ben Davis, a board member with Illuminate the Arts, the nonprofit doing the project. "It has shown that a project can be done on this scale and bring the community together."
Agriculture's contribution to total California Gross Domestic Product is 3%; nearly 80% of California's water supports 3% of its economy. Total water used in California: • Agriculture = 77% • Residential (interior and exterior) = 14% • Commercial / Industrial = 5% • Wetlands = 2% • Large Landscaper (parks, golf courses) = 1% • Energy production = 1%
UNICEF's new Tap Project campaign is based around our mobile addiction. For every minute a person puts down his or her phone, the children's charity will send the equivalent number of "fresh water days" to someone who really needs them.
The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies identifies recent key trends in technological change in its annual list of Top 10 Emerging Technologies. By highlighting the most important technological breakthroughs, the Council aims to raise awareness of their potential and contribute to closing gaps in investment, regulation and public understanding. For 2014, the Council identified ten new technologies that could reshape our society in the future.