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Financing Drinking Water ​Supply to close Infrastructure Gaps

“It’s ​possible to ​finance the ​drinking water ​supply in the ​majority of ​countries ​worldwide by ​the year 2030,” ​says Dr. ​Michael Jacob, ​lead author of ​the study from ​the Mercator ​Research ​Institute on ​Global Commons ​and Climate ​Change (MCC) in ​Berlin. In ​India alone, a ​carbon tax ​would generate ​around 115 ​billion US ​dollars a year, ​”and only a ​fraction of ​that would be ​needed for ​clean water, ​meaning that ​enough money ​would remain ​for sanitation ​and electricity,​” said the ​researcher. In ​fact, the ​needed ​infrastructure ​for this second ​largest country ​of the world ​would consume ​only about four ​percent of the ​revenue from ​the tax. ​ Continue reading

Poo Power: How China is turning human faeces into ‘Black Gold’

A growing portion of China’s toilet waste is being converted into poo power (fertilizer and biogas. In Beijing, 6,800 tons of human excrement are treated each day, by some estimates: Enough to fill almost three Olympic-size swimming pools. Over the past decade, China’s economic ascent has driven millions of rural workers into its cities in the largest migration in human history. In 2013, the number of urban dwellers crossed 731 million, overtaking the rural population by more than 100 million. That’s forcing city planners to get creative in dealing with toilet refuse, and drawing engineers like Heinz-Peter Mang to help refine models. Continue reading

Mobile Phone Services for Early Flood Warning

Early flood warnings cannot be effective unless they are received, understood and responded to by the end users. This project used mobile services (Voice Message Broadcasting) to improve the communication of flood warnings from national to community level in a fast and effective manner during the 2014 floods in Sirajganj, a district in Northern Bangladesh. It is a part of the Rajshahi Division. Continue reading

Jack Ma is now the Richest Person in Asia

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Jack Ma or Ma Yun a Chinese entrepreneur and philanthropist, has become the richest person in Asia. The 50 year old founder of Alibaba group, China’s biggest e-commerce company. This is according to Bloomberg Billionaire Index. Jack Ma, a former English teacher who started Alibaba in 1999 has added $25 billion to his fortune this year 2014. He has a $28.6 billion fortune. Alibaba’s $259 billion market capitalization makes it larger than Amazon Inc and Ebay In combined. Continue reading

Agriculture vs Urban Water in China

In an increasingly volatile world, China’s economic growth has proved remarkably resilient. While the economies of Europe and America have stalled or nose-dived since the 2008 financial crash, China’s has continued to expand. The headlines are startling: since the early 1990s, GDP growth per capita has averaged 8.9%, and nearly 600 million people have been lifted out of poverty. Perhaps less well known is the fact that China’s growth was kick-started by investment in agriculture. This, in turn, catalysed growth in the wider rural economy and, as China’s rural inhabitants got richer, so they moved to growing towns and cities, building – literally – the skylines of Beijing, Shanghai and other megacities. Continue reading

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