California Governor Orders New Target for Emissions Cuts

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California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Wednesday, April 29, 2015 sharply speeding up California’s already ambitious program aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, saying it was critical to address “an ever-growing threat” posed by global warming to the state’s economy and well-being. In an executive order, Brown said the state must cut the pollutants to 40% below 1990 levels by the year 2030.
Brown’s order aligns the California’s goals with standards set by the European Union.
Mr. Brown said this tough new interim target was essential to prod the energy industry to act and to help the state make investment and regulatory decisions that would assure that goal was not missed.

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California to Cut Water Use by 25 percent

Locus WaterFor the first time in the state’s history, Californians have been ordered to cut water consumption by 25 percent over the next year.
Following a move to accelerate the deployment of funding for projects designed to ease the state’s severe drought, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed an executive order mandating a 25% cut in water use around the state. The order directs the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water reductions in the state’s cities and towns, with specific measures and programs to be developed and implemented by California’s more than 400 water agencies.

Posted in carbon emissions, Climate Change, Water Footprint, Water Quality, water quality management

Environmental and Sustainability Software

Clean drinking water  is the mankind's biggest challenge.

Clean drinking water is the mankind’s biggest challenge.

We believe that every company that wants to be credible with their environmental reporting must own their data and organize it in centralized database on the web.

Our market category is not shaped by explosive growth of software companies like ones associated with social media or search engines. Our software manages and organizes a type of information on which the future of humankind depends. We organize it in a serious and very scalable way.

 

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Posted in big data, carbon emissions, CEO'S Blog, Climate Change, Cloud Computing, Environmental Compliance, Environmental Data Management, Environmental Software, Greenhouse Gases, SaaS, Sustainability Management, Water Footprint, Water Quality, water quality management

U.S. to Submit Plans to Fight Global Warming by Deadline

Global Warming and Climate ChangeThe United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations  this week but most governments will miss an informal 31 March 2015 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due in December. The United States plans to cut emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

The U.S. submission adds to national strategies beyond 2020 already presented by the 28-nation European Union, Mexico, Switzerland and Norway.

Together, they account for about a third of world greenhouse emissions. But other emitters such as China, India, Russia, Brazil, Canada and Australia say they are waiting until closer to a Paris summit in December, meant to agree a global deal.

 

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Locus to Sponsor UCLA DataFest Hackathon

Locus is proud to sponsor UCLA DataFest Hackathon.

Locus UCLA DataFest

Locus is proud sponsor of UCLA DataFest Hackathon.

For more information please click here: https://www.facebook.com/DataFestUCLA/posts/653470928132526

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Water Wars

Clean drinking water  is the mankind's biggest challenge.

Clean drinking water is the mankind’s biggest challenge.

California. California is now heading into its fourth year of record-breaking drought, with no water relief in sight. High temperatures, little precipitation, and historically low snowpack have left the state with dwindling water reserves. The situation is so bad, as NASA scientist Jay Famiglietti wrote in an LA Times op-ed last week, that California has only a year of water left in its reservoirs. Household water rationing is already planned.

Las Vegas. An ongoing drought and the Colorado River’s reduced flow have shrunk Lake Mead to its lowest level in generations. The reservoir, which supplies 90% of Las Vegas’ water, is ebbing as though a plug had been pulled from a bathtub drain. For six years, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has been building an intake pipe below the reservoir’s two existing pipes. Due for completion in fall 2015, critics say it may not provide a long-term solution.

Ireland. Tens of thousands of people marched in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, 21 March 2015, in the latest protest against the government’s new water charges. The government has begun directly charging households for water use.
Detroit: In bankrupt Detroit back in June the city authorities decided to cut off supply to 200,000 homes who had not or could not afford to pay water bills. Since water charges were introduced a decade ago bills have soared by 120%. The UN condemned the cutting off of the water supply to these people as a “violation of the human right to water and other international human rights”.

Bolivia. The average price of water quadrupled after it was privatized, leading to civil unrest and the eruption of “water wars” in the city of Cochabamba.

Uruguay. The sell-off of water and subsequent rising prices led in 2004 to the government outlawing the privatization of this public utility.

France. The citizens of Paris voted to reject plans to privatize water and took the utility back into public ownership.

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The Emerging and Innovative Blue Tech Industry

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Have you heard of the Blue Tech market?  Blue, as in blue water, is an emerging sector, with its roots coming from European entrepreneurs, that focus on developing leading edge products to ensure clean water.  I took a deeper dive into the new area and found a lot of interesting products and solutions such as miniature sensors to detect micro organisms, bacteria as well as robotic fish housed with optical sensors.  The advances and innovations are quite remarkable and clever, however the real challenge for these budding companies will be the mindset of the water industry.  Products however relevant products must first and foremost guarantee safety, reliability and scalability. For water leaders, these key requirements will always trump innovation.

Don’t get me wrong. I embrace innovation.  After all, Locus is located in the heart of Silicon Valley.  As with all innovative products, timing is a key factor in success, and for Blue Tech products, the timing might be off.  According to the American Water Works Association (AWWA), water utilities are now focused on repairing, updating and expanding its infrastructure, and in the United States, the cost of that will exceed $1 trillion over the 25 years.  Industry motivators are ensuring water safety, managing supply, and balancing demands of an ever increasing population.  I hope for the sake of innovation that some of these products become “must have” rather than a “nice to have”.  Only timing will tell.

Posted in Environmental Data Management
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