Some 20% of the world’s population lives in areas where water is already in short supply, a number that is only going to grow. From shaded reservoirs to water ATMs, here are 5 ways cities are stepping up to quench the thirst.
Food and Water
Food production is a major issue for cities, whether they’re tackling environmental goals or just trying to make sure their citizens have enough to eat. Check out new approaches from Cisco, Microsoft, Veolia and others that are putting more sustainable food on the table.
A refugee camp in Kenya that’s expanding faster than it can be supported is getting a boost from MasterCard and a United Nations organization. See how an effort to support small farmers could greatly ease hunger in an area where it’s becoming exponentially worse.
Even when you’re surrounded by water, there isn’t enough of it. With GE's help, a California island is turning to desalination to avoid more sharp reductions in water use. With resources scarce, find out why more cities around the globe are doing the same.
With the world’s largest population, there’s considerable pressure on Chinese farmers to produce. And China isn't alone. As city populations elsewhere in the world surge, efficient food production is essential. See how apps built with technology from IBM are helping Chinese farmers use land to its full potential.
Farmer Craig Blackburn of Blackhills Farm in New Zealand, relies on Schneider Electric's SCADAfarm to manage water use. Learn how the system, built on Azure IoT enables Blackburn to adjust his irrigation machines to the land's water needs while integrating with weather predictions and making adjustments on the fly to net up to 50% savings.
Students at the Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn realized that over 78% of students at their school receive free lunch, but often have no way of getting dinner. Using STEAM, the students created an app in hopes of supplying students with meals after-school for free -- and they won a top award for it.
The Mayor's Fund for London is calling on businesses and community organizations to support its efforts to reduce hunger and social isolation for disadvantaged children across London during school holidays. Deputy Mayor Matthew Ryder explains the campaign in this video.
To understand factors that create food deserts, statistics about food deserts that may surprise you and the type of solutions that may be available to help people living in food deserts, click for an infographic created by the University of New England’s Online Masters in Social Work degree program.
IBM Research is using the Internet of Things to help local farmers in Kenya optimize crop growth. As Dr. Kala Flemming explains in a brief video, farmers using the EZ Farm IoT remote monitoring solution are seeing better quality produce and will also see more produce.