Sustainability

Tracking Collaboration For Sustainability and Social Impact
April 6, 2017 08:43 AM - RP Siegel, Triple Pundit

The transformation of business in the 21st century has many facets and a number of common characteristics. One of these is the presence of softer, more rounded edges toward consumers when it comes to transparency, communities when it comes to volunteerism and philanthropy, employees when it comes to engagement efforts, and the environment when it comes to sustainability.

20 Years Researching Harmful Algal Blooms Supports Sustainable Water Supply in Wichita
April 4, 2017 08:07 AM - United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Two decades of harmful algal bloom, nutrient and sediment research by the U.S. Geological Survey is helping to support Wichita’s long-term vision of a sustainable water supply into the future. Early warning indicators of harmful algal blooms have been developed for Cheney Reservoir, Kansas, according to a new USGS publication done in cooperation with the City of Wichita, Kansas.

20 Years Researching Harmful Algal Blooms Supports Sustainable Water Supply in Wichita
April 4, 2017 08:07 AM - United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Two decades of harmful algal bloom, nutrient and sediment research by the U.S. Geological Survey is helping to support Wichita’s long-term vision of a sustainable water supply into the future. Early warning indicators of harmful algal blooms have been developed for Cheney Reservoir, Kansas, according to a new USGS publication done in cooperation with the City of Wichita, Kansas.

Climate change puts California's snowpack in jeopardy in future droughts
April 4, 2017 08:07 AM - UCLA

Skiing in July? It could happen this year, but California’s days of bountiful snow are numbered.

After five years of drought and water restrictions, the state is reeling from its wettest winter in two decades. Moisture-laden storms have turned brown hillsides a lush green and state reservoirs are overflowing. There’s so much snow, Mammoth Mountain resort plans to be open for business on Fourth of July weekend.

It's Not Too Late to Conserve Water Resources in Rapidly Urbanizing Areas of Eastern Massachusetts
March 29, 2017 08:47 AM - University of Massachusetts Amherst

As climate change and population pressure both intensify in suburban areas northwest of Boston in th­e coming decades, a new study bywatershed scientist Timothy Randhir of the University of Massachusetts Amherstsuggests that threats to the area’s watershed such as water shortages and poor quality can be met if managers begin to act now.

Dust contributes valuable nutrients to Sierra Nevada forest ecosystems
March 28, 2017 03:00 PM - National Science Foundation

Collecting dust isn't usually considered a good thing.

But dust from as close as California's Central Valley and as far away as Asia's Gobi Desert provides nutrients, especially phosphorus, to vegetation in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a team of scientists has found. Their study, published in the journal Nature Communications, highlights the importance of dust and the phosphorus it carries in sustaining plant life.

Dust contributes valuable nutrients to Sierra Nevada forest ecosystems
March 28, 2017 03:00 PM - National Science Foundation

Collecting dust isn't usually considered a good thing.

But dust from as close as California's Central Valley and as far away as Asia's Gobi Desert provides nutrients, especially phosphorus, to vegetation in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a team of scientists has found. Their study, published in the journal Nature Communications, highlights the importance of dust and the phosphorus it carries in sustaining plant life.

The Economic Case for Wind and Solar Energy in Africa
March 28, 2017 09:33 AM - Julie Chao via Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that wind and solar can be economically and environmentally competitive options and can contribute significantly to the rising demand.

The Economic Case for Wind and Solar Energy in Africa
March 28, 2017 09:33 AM - Julie Chao via Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that wind and solar can be economically and environmentally competitive options and can contribute significantly to the rising demand.

Disappearing Beaches: Modeling Shoreline Change in Southern California
March 28, 2017 08:00 AM - United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Using a newly-developed computer model called “CoSMoS-COAST” (Coastal Storm Modeling System – Coastal One-line Assimilated Simulation Tool) scientists predict that with limited human intervention, 31 to 67 percent of Southern California beaches may become completely eroded (up to existing coastal infrastructure or sea-cliffs) by the year 2100 under scenarios of sea-level rise of one to two meters.

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