New Study Raises Question: What Don’t We Know About Water Scarcity?

first_imgAs with any complex challenge, data and comprehension is the first step towards finding a solution to our shared water resource challenges. WRI’s Aqueduct project and new studies like the recent release from USGS bring us closer to a more complete picture of water scarcity worldwide.LEARN MORE: Check out the Aqueduct water risk mapping tool. A new study from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reveals troubling news: The aquifers that millions of Americans rely on for freshwater are being depleted at an accelerating rate. In fact, aquifer depletion in the years between 2004 and 2008 was nearly triple the historical average.Population growth and increasing demand—in particular for irrigating crops—are straining these underground freshwater sources. In many cases, aquifers have accumulated over the course of millions of years.There are two lessons we take away from this USGS study:Growing demand is increasingly coming into conflict with our finite global water supply. Even in places that are historically water-abundant, growth in water demand is outstripping available supply. (That’s why WRI’s Aqueduct project focuses on water stress – the ratio of water supply and demand – more than measures of water quantity.)There’s still a lot we don’t know about water. While new research like this report from USGS expands our understanding of the complex interaction between water supply and demand, it often raises as many questions as it answers. How has the picture changed in the United States since 2008? What is the condition of other aquifers around the world? Good data on water is tough to find, and the groundwater hidden beneath our feet is particularly enigmatic. Even the cutting-edge research underlying Aqueduct’s groundwater stress map (see below) is limited to major aquifers, leaving substantial parts of the globe’s groundwater resources uncharted. For the communities and businesses worldwide that depend on groundwater, this lack of data poses a significant risk.Aqueduct’s groundwater stress map. Red areas indicate regions facing high or extremely high levels of groundwater stress.last_img read more

TCI review delayed by EU Finance Ministers hurricanes buy the islands some

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 8, 2017 – Providenciales – The hurricanes of September seem to have bought the TCI some time, as the Turks and Caicos has averted being among 17 nations which are considered non compliant or labeled tax havens; many are calling it the gray and black list of the European Union.  Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and St Lucia are among the regional nations on the list with Panama, Namibia, Palau and Bahrain.The EU Blacklist is a ground breaking document, the first ever such EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions agreed to by the Finance Ministers of European Union Member States during their meeting in Brussels.   The larger list is of countries which have committed to addressing deficiencies in their tax systems and to meet the required criteria, following contacts with the EU; that list holds 47 nations including Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Aruba and St Vincent and the Grenadines from the Caribbean.It is reported that, the EU has struggled for over a year to finalize the blacklist.   One news report said the UK fought hard against the blacklist of so called tax havens, reportedly concerned for some of its jurisdictions, namely Jersey and the Virgin Islands.    It is reported that the list started out with 29 countries, and that 28 finance ministers of member countries made the final determinations.The Turks and Caicos was among countries given a big break due to the impact of the hurricane season.    The report says, “Eight jurisdictions were not fully assessed because they were badly hit by the hurricanes in summer 2017 and were given until early 2018 to respond to the EU’s concerns.   The countries omitted from consideration were Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Turks and Caicos, and US Virgin Islands.”#MagneticMediaNews#EUdelayTurksandCaicosreviewPhoto credit: Turks and Caicos Yacht Club Related Items:last_img read more

All Charged Up How Clothes Are Now Powering Devices

first_img 3 min read Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Last year, Google joined the battery arms race in an effort to provide better batteries to power the Internet of Things (IoT). Given the launch and increasing popularity of the Apple Watch, more and more people are looking for ways to keep their devices charged all day.Related: Meet the Wearable That Could Save Your Life If You’re Being AttackedOne solution has been to buy an exterior battery case for your phone. And while this solution certainly does the job, many people have found this option too bulky for use; they’re not exactly thrilled at having yet another device to charge up at night, either.But, now, companies are answering the challenge, designing solutions that integrate users’ need for power with their daily activities.1. Charging your phone from your jacketInnovative companies such as Evolution Wear have come up with a clever way to keep mobile devices charged, using solar panels integrated into the user’s jacket. Think about it: You’re outside during the day, and you always have your device on you. You’re charging your device simply walking around outside. It makes a lot of sense.This is just the beginning. Solar power is the most immediate, efficient green technology option, and your clothes will continue to get “smarter” and serve more functional purposes.Related: Wearable Tech Will Soon Be Work Attire in These 4 Industries2. Motion-powered fabricsIt’s not available yet. But scientists are working on textile-based nanotechnology that uses friction to convert mechanical energy from body movements into electricity. Imagine having your body movements power your smaller electronics.“It’s an exciting time in history, when fashion merges with technology,” says Saum G (he uses an initial only), co-founder of Evolution Wear. “Solar power solves an immediate need, but it’s just the beginning. Our clothing has evolved, and it’s impressive how affordable wearable technology is today and will continue to be tomorrow.”Evolution Wear – Black | WINTER SOLSTICE by seguniverse on Sketchfab3. More Wearable Technology If you really want to go “all in” on wearable technology, you don’t have to look far. After you’ve purchased your solar jacket, the next thing you might consider is a pair of GPS Smart Soles. This is exactly what you think they are — insoles for your shoes that are GPS-enabled so that you can “keep connected to who matters most.”The line between creepy and cool is a fine one. But GPS Smart Soles are like Lo Jack for your family members. They were specifically designed for:Seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s/dementiaTeens and young adults with autismAthletes and veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI)Anyone who could potentially wander off and require oversightIt is truly an incredible time to be alive. So many of the technologies we dreamed of as kids have come to fruition. I can call and text my friends and family members from my watch. I can track my exercise and activities from that same watch or a Fitbit.And before any of my devices demand to be recharged, I can plug them into my solar-powered jacket to recharge them while I’m on the go. The future looks even brighter as we continue to evolve the incredible technology that we have today.Related: Elon Musk Unveils Clean, Green Batteries to Power the WorldBut this isn’t the future. This is now. What an age we live in! Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. March 17, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Mozilla announces WebRender the experimental renderer for Servo is now in beta

first_imgLast week, the Mozilla Gfx team announced that WebRender is now in beta. It is not yet released because of some blocking bugs. WebRender is an experimental renderer for Servo that draws web content like a modern game engine. It consists of a collection of shaders that very closely matched CSS properties. Though WebRender is known for being extremely fast, its main focus is on making rendering smoother. It basically changes the way the rendering engine works to make it more like a 3D game engine. What are the WebRender and Gecko changes? In order to save GPU memory, the sizing logic to render targets is now more efficient. It comes with improved tooling to synchronize between the WebRender and Gecko repositories. Many incremental changes towards picture caching including batch caching based on z id rather than prim index, removing PrimitiveMetadata struct, and many more. A proper support for using tiled images as clip masks. A texture corruption issue after resuming from sleep on Linux with proprietary Nvidia drivers is fixed. A flickering issue at startup on Windows is fixed. The backface-visibility bugs are fixed. The z-fighting glitch with 3D transforms is fixed. A font leak on Windows is fixed. In the future, we will see more improvements in memory usage, the interaction between blob images and scrolling, and support for WebRender in Firefox for Android. You can enable WebRender in FireFox Nightly by following these steps: In about:config set “gfx.webrender.all” to true. After configuring restart Firefox. Read the official announcement on the Mozilla Gfx team blog. Read Next Mozilla updates Firefox Focus for mobile with new features, revamped design, and Geckoview for Android Developers of Firefox Focus set to replace Android’s WebView with GeckoView Mozilla optimizes calls between JavaScript and WebAssembly in Firefox, making it almost as fast as JS to JS callslast_img read more