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January 2, 2014 | 0 comments

As the Philippines starts to rise from the devastation wrought by Supertyphoon "Yolanda," it could benefit from adopting certain practices of one of Japan's prefectures where preparing for disasters is a constant endeavor involving the government and residents. For 37 years and counting, the Shizuoka prefecture has been bracing itself for an 8-magnitude earthquake and tsunami — predicted in 1976 to hit the Tokai region any time. It has a level of preparedness that Shizuoka officials believe could serve well other disaster-prone countries, such as the Philippines. When Yolanda made landfall in Leyte and Samar provinces, among the problems that compounded the death toll were the crippled communication lines, which hampered rescue and relief operations; the refusal of some to evacuate to safer ground; and the failure of residents and officials to understand or explain just how powerful a storm surge could be, which, as it turned out, was as destructive as a tsunami. More than 6,000 people are confirmed to have died from Yolanda. Hundreds of towns have been reduced to rubble. Reconstruction is expected to start soon, backed by a 100-billion-peso (U.S. $2.25 billion) fund: http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Philippines-Can-Learn-from-Japan-P...

January 2, 2014 | 0 comments

Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), which serves as the central management office for partnering with Army installations to implement cost-effective, large-scale renewable energy projects, leveraging private sector financing. The Task Force focuses on renewable and alternative energy production projects that are 10 megawatts or greater, and located on Army installations in the United States.

If you are interested in finding out more on how to get involved with this task force, go to http://armyeitf.com/ Below are also some fact sheets that can provide stakeholders with information to include specific project opportunities such as project details, proposed deal structures and information about the installation.
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FACT SHEETS:
Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC) Awardees
This group of companies are pre-qualified under the MATOC and are eligible to bid on future renewable energy task orders. As renewable energy opportunities at Army installations are assessed and validated, a competitive task order Request for Proposal will be issued to this group for the specific technology.

20 MW Solar PV - Fort Bliss, Texas
Fort Bliss is located in the state of Texas with range lands extending into New Mexico. Fort Bliss is home to an estimated 35,000 soldiers. Potential for increased demand with the construction of a...

December 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Groundwater makes up 97 per cent of the world’s available fresh water. Total global use is estimated by scientists at around 1,000 cubic kilometers a year, with the largest users being India, China, and the United States. Since 1900, the world has drawn down its groundwater reserves by an estimated 4,500 cubic kilometers — and demand continues to increase, especially in arid countries, which are rapidly running short of water that can be affordably extracted. Scientist has urged the world to take better care of its groundwater resources — or risk dangerous scarcities, economic impacts, and potential conflicts in coming decades: http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20131231-worlds-shrinking-grou...

December 30, 2013 | 0 comments

http://star-tides.net/akvo-water-portal-akvopedia-excellent-resource-wat...
They are a top-tier authority on water solutions, and should be reviewed before starting any large water project. Very helpful!