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12 April 2018

Episode 339

30 minutes


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Cape Town was set to run out of drinkable water in less than 10 days from now. But as the city narrowly avoided the dreaded “Day Zero”, it has ignited a worldwide debate about the issue and how to ensure this won’t happen in the near future elsewhere.

12 April 2018

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Spotlight: Cape Town

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A reduction in water usage has seen Day Zero pushed back until next year, but as Monocle 24 contributor Gavin Fischer has been finding out, the future of the city’s water supply remains far from certain.

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Sustainable living

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The Green Building was first built in 1994 and offers both solar and wind power to its many occupants, along with plenty of hot water from an underground spring. Why are sustainable buildings like this not the norm yet?

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Chapter 3

How can a major city run out of water?

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Seth Schultz is the director of science and innovation at C40 Cities, a think-tank that’s run by cities looking to combat climate change through urban innovation.

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