The Week in Water: Jan 14-20

Published on January 21st, 2012 | by

The Week in Water brings you the latest news in blue living from around the web.

Planetsave takes a look at how extreme weather will impact the world’s major cities.  The article briefly discusses Tokyo’s G-Cans Project, an impressive feat of human engineering designed to pump out excessive runoff during floods and typhoons.

Andrew Burger over at CleanTechnica tells us that wave, tidal, and hydropower can provide one-third of U.S. energy by 2030.  Much of that power is untapped, but with recent advances in wave technology, it’s a distinct possibility.

Milwaukee has organized a water start-up incubator and the state has given them $750,000 to further develop it.  The city of Milwaukee has seen hard times in the last few decades, although in recent years, that has begun to turn around.  There are already many water-based businesses in the city – from manufacturers of water pipes to innovative water metering technologies.  The organizers hope to make Milwaukee a central hub for water-related innovation.

The EPA is getting involved in New York’s fracking regulations.

Seawalls destroyed by last year’s tsunami in Japan will be rebuilt to the same specifications as before.  Communities will likely be rebuilt on higher ground, but plans are still being worked out.


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