Water Issues

MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

Nearly a decade ago, Fernando Mazariengas sought a way to provide clean, affordable water to those living in areas without, so he created a ceramic water filter that could be made using locally-sourced

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Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

Waterfall photo via Xseon/Shutterstock It’s no secret that drinkable water is one of the most precious and finite resources on Earth; now an eminent Australian water scientist is urging the world yet

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Scientists Create a Detailed Map of the Antarctic Landscape Below the Ice and Snow

Scientists Create a Detailed Map of the Antarctic Landscape Below the Ice and Snow

Scientists at NASA have been working hard to reveal the most alien landmass on the planet: Antarctica. Humans have never seen the continent without snow and ice, but now, using decades of research, we can

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CALTROPe: Modular Mangrove Forests Could Reduce Agricultural Land Loss

CALTROPe: Modular Mangrove Forests Could Reduce Agricultural Land Loss

Anna Baróthy of Szövetség'39 worked with biologist and diver Gergő Balázs, designer Janka Csernák and scientist Viktor Grónás to create a solution for the increasing rate of agricultural land

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Jet-Propelled Micro Engines Scrub Even the Nastiest Wastewater

Jet-Propelled Micro Engines Scrub Even the Nastiest Wastewater

It's not easy to break down compounds such as mineral oils, paints, and organic solvents in wastewater, but a group from Germany believe they have found a way. To remove these tricky materials from the

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6 Incredible Ice Sculptures That Will Melt Away When Spring Comes

6 Incredible Ice Sculptures That Will Melt Away When Spring Comes

Okamoto Studio Carved Chess Pieces in Manhattan This graceful and beautiful 14-piece ice sculpture chess set was set up in Midtown Manhattan back in December. Carved by Okamoto Studios, this installation

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NKD AQUA POD Promises to Supercharge Filtered Water with Minerals and Electrolytes

NKD AQUA POD Promises to Supercharge Filtered Water with Minerals and Electrolytes

There are plenty of water filtration systems that promise to help rid your tap water of microorganisms and bacteria, but what happens to all the natural minerals? That’s where the NKD AQUA POD comes in

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Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Humanity just found an incredibly valuable resource hidden under the ocean floor, and it's more precious than fossil fuels or minerals. Scientists discovered vast aquifers of fresh water underneath the

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Moringa Oleifera Tree Seed Extracts Purify Water Naturally

Moringa Oleifera Tree Seed Extracts Purify Water Naturally

Moringa Oliefera tree seeds via Shutterstock A seed extract from the Moringa Oleifera tree could provide a natural and inexpensive solution for water purification. Through a collaborative research

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Drones Now Used to Model the Paths of Disastrous Oil Spills

Drones Now Used to Model the Paths of Disastrous Oil Spills

Drones have become infamous for their use as weapons, but a far more altruistic purpose awaits these unmanned robots. Scientists from the Surfzone Coastal Oil Pathways Experiment are set to deploy 200

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Penn State Students Present Beautiful Landscape Designs for Stormwater Management at the Artful Rainwater Event

Penn State Students Present Beautiful Landscape Designs for Stormwater Management at the Artful Rainwater Event

Stormwater management as art? Absolutely. Artful Rainwater Design, a green infrastructure design event that celebrates rain, brought together faculty, students and eco-enthusiasts for a symposium sharing

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4/704: Artist Rosie O’Reilly Dyes Clothing With the Tides to Call Attention to Rising Sea Levels

4/704: Artist Rosie O’Reilly Dyes Clothing With the Tides to Call Attention to Rising Sea Levels

4/704 from ALONG CAME A SPIDER on Vimeo. Artist Rosie O’Reilly questions the social and environmental story of our time with 4/704, an installation that ran as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival

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Pilus Energy Uses Bacterial Robots to Turn Sewage into Electricity, Water, and Biogas

Pilus Energy Uses Bacterial Robots to Turn Sewage into Electricity, Water, and Biogas

Image of woman sitting on a toilet via Shutterstock Across the globe, access to clean water and renewable sources of energy are in constant demand and we have curated a slew of interesting solutions.

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Bloom: Floating Phytoplankton Farm Absorbs Carbon Dioxide and Monitors Rising Sea Levels

Bloom: Floating Phytoplankton Farm Absorbs Carbon Dioxide and Monitors Rising Sea Levels

The floating spherical structure is conceived of as a way to address global warming and rising sea levels. Large phytoplankton aquariums, supervised by a permanent staff of scientists and marine experts,

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NOAA Says There is No Island of Radioactive Tsunami Debris Floating from Japan to US

NOAA Says There is No Island of Radioactive Tsunami Debris Floating from Japan to US

Good news! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration assures the public that there is no giant island of radioactive trash headed for the United States. Earlier this month, several news outlets

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New York City-Sized Iceberg Breaks Free of Antarctica, Could Threaten International Shipping Lanes

New York City-Sized Iceberg Breaks Free of Antarctica, Could Threaten International Shipping Lanes

Earlier this week a 70,000-hectare iceberg broke free of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier and floated adrift in the Southern Ocean. Depending on which direction the New York City-sized iceberg travels,

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OrbSys Closed-Loop Shower Uses 90% Less Water and 80% Less Energy

OrbSys Closed-Loop Shower Uses 90% Less Water and 80% Less Energy

Showers use roughly 1.2 trillion gallons of water every year in the United States alone, while three times the country's population around the world lacks access to any clean water at all. Swedish

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Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Taken while on a Masdar-sponsored trip that included a tour to the Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power Plant and interviews with several key Masdar officials, these images are a testament to Masdar's

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Bangladesh’s Plans for Massive Coal-Fired Power Plant Threaten World’s Largest Mangrove Forest

Bangladesh’s Plans for Massive Coal-Fired Power Plant Threaten World’s Largest Mangrove Forest

Bangladesh is planning to construct a massive coal-fired power plant that will not only spell out disaster for the world's largest mangrove forest, but also destroy one of the country's best defenses

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How Climate Change is Killing Hundreds of Endangered Florida Manatees

How Climate Change is Killing Hundreds of Endangered Florida Manatees

A staggering number of Florida manatees have died this year, making 2013 the deadliest year yet for these gentle sea giants. In total, 769 manatees have died since January - that’s nearly double last

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One Year After Hurricane Sandy, Scientists Warn of Even More Extreme Storms to Come

One Year After Hurricane Sandy, Scientists Warn of Even More Extreme Storms to Come

It's been one year since Superstorm Sandy battered New York, and though we're relieved to be enjoying dry weather today, experts are warning us not to become too complacent. "Sandy wasn't the big one,”

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Infographic Shows the Importance of Ending Water Poverty Around the World

Infographic Shows the Importance of Ending Water Poverty Around the World

Water is a vital resource for life, however one in every eight people lack access to a basic improved water source - and did you know that $260 billion dollars are lost every year due to water related

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Venice’s $7 Billion Moses Flood-Protection System Passes its First Test

Venice’s $7 Billion Moses Flood-Protection System Passes its First Test

Venice just successfully tested its ambitious $7 billion flood-protection project for the first time. The Moses system for defense against high water is being constructed at the city's lagoon inlets

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6 Innovative, Flood-Resistant Homes from the 3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition

6 Innovative, Flood-Resistant Homes from the 3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition

After suffering from millions of dollars worth of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy last year, Long Island is serious about never facing the same fate again. In order to get on the road to resilient

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Study Confirms Mass Stranding of Whales Caused by Sonar Mapping

Study Confirms Mass Stranding of Whales Caused by Sonar Mapping

Humpback Whales in Madagascar, photo by Marco Zanferrari on Flickr Fleets of seafaring vessels have used sonar mapping to gain a clear picture of the ocean for years - however recently there has been

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Radiation Levels in Water Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant Hit a Two-Year High

Radiation Levels in Water Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant Hit a Two-Year High

In the latest of a now seemingly endless series of devastating, embarrassing debacles at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, operating utility Tepco has found that radiation levels in seawater

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Severed Pipe Exposes Fukushima Workers To Several Tonnes Of Radioactive Water

Severed Pipe Exposes Fukushima Workers To Several Tonnes Of Radioactive Water

As if the situation at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant weren't bad enough, we now have news that six clean-up workers were exposed to radioactive water when a pipe was mistakenly disconnected.

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Man Invents ‘Water Bicycle’ to Commute Across the San Francisco Bay

Man Invents ‘Water Bicycle’ to Commute Across the San Francisco Bay

When Judah Schiller discovered that the new portion of the Bay Bridge bike path in San Francisco would only go halfway across, he decided to adapt his own bike to get to work - on water! With previous

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WADI: Solar-Powered Water Disinfecting Device Could Save 400,000 Lives a Year

WADI: Solar-Powered Water Disinfecting Device Could Save 400,000 Lives a Year

Water is life - without a source of clean water for drinking and cooking, humans become very sick and often die. In wealthy countries, clean drinking water is taken for granted. In developing countries,

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