According to information from the state owned water utility, Companhia de Agua e Esgoto do estado de Sao Paulo (SABESP), the four-lake Cantareira water system is the largest of six reservoir systems that provide water to some 10 million of the 20 million people living in MRSP.
The six-reservoir system is linked by 48 km of tunnels and canals that provide flow for hydroelectric power and drinking water to MRSP and combined, the system is at or below 3% of its of its 264 billion gallon capacity.
SABESP is the largest water and sanitation company in South America. In the Alto-Tiete basin, the company provides urban water supply and sanitation services to São Paulo City and most municipalities of the basin, operating 195 water treatment plants and 350 wastewater treatment plants.
Because of the extreme water shortage brought on by the drought, SABESP has been forced to pump dead water -- water from reserves below the intake pipes of several reservoirs -- to use as drinking water.
Japan is moving forward with its hydrogen economy plans. Getting the hydrogen means using a lot of natural gas - something in short supply in Japan. The only way to economically transport NG overseas is to liquify it. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will be building two such ships - expect more to follow.
... and a last generation smartphone at that. An iPhone 5s with an add-on lens, an app, a Steadicam and - most critically - serious talent. Impressive that smartphones are at the point where serious art is possible - not something that people would have said five years ago.
if you want an anamorphic lens adapter for your smartphone, moondoglabs did this one.
Thanks to a one child policy, a male centric society and sonograms, China has a large gender imbalance - about 115 boys for every 100 girls these days. Comments in FP
Chinese media interpreted the sex ratio as a threat to men, not women. On Jan. 21, web giant Sina’s arm in Henan, China’s most populous province, wondered aloud on social media platform Weibo whether the news was “heart-stopping” and exhorted bachelors to “start making an effort!” Meanwhile, a Beijing statistician sharing the latest figures to his Weibo account wrote, “Tomorrow I am going to get my son to hurry up and find a girlfriend at his elementary school.” Beijing News even suggested that Ukrainian women could be a solution to China’s problem.
Like it or not we're going to have to adapt to a changing climate. With very hard work and political agreement some of the costs can be mitigated, but there is unavoidable change in the pipeline.
Copenhagen is almost at sea level and has serious problems moving storm water. Rebuilding the complete sewer system would be enormously expensive, so they hit on another plan - create overflow regions in the form of parks and streets - some information in this triplepundit article and more detail here. (pdf)
It isn't clear where this approach makes sense, but it would be much less expensive than the massive infrastructure NYC is considering and more real than the many cities who are ignoring the problem at this point.
Like Apple or not, one constant since about 1986 has been that the company is generally characterized as doomed. There was some truth in that from the late 80s until a couple of years after the return Steve Jobs, but since then they've been on a rise. The misreading of the rise has been remarkable. Ben Thompson offers commentary.
Bad assumptions of the investment community, of course, apply more broadly.