Diébédo Francis Kéré’s rainwater-harvesting 2017 Serpentine Pavilion unveiled in London today

Posted on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 by

Today marks the official debut of Diébédo Francis Kéré’s spectacular rainwater-harvestingSerpentine Pavilion. The 2017 pavilion was unveiled on a perfectly sunny day – but when it rains the roof will protect protect visitors from drizzle while funneling precipitation it into a central waterfall and storing it for irrigation in the surrounding park. The pavilion […]

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Food that doesn’t waste water

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by

Water is life, the world’s most precious resource. Yet across rural Australia, irrigation systems covering an estimated 2.5 million hectares of land are in desperate need of modernisation. In the United States, the figure is 10 times as high. But of the major nations, it is in thirsty China that substandard irrigation hits hardest. Across […]

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Water for agriculture: Producing more with less

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by

It is common knowledge that a 60% increase in food production will be necessary to feed the world in 2050, and water is essential for agricultural production if it is going to meet rising food needs. In the last century, water was considered an infinite resource, yet water stocks are dwindling. Moreover, water consumption […]

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Manchester researcher helping to tackle the world’s water challenges

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 by

A researcher from The University of Manchester has developed a free tool to help scientists and policymakers to manage agricultural water use and improve crop water productivity in regions where supply is scarce. Globally, there are growing demands to produce more food with less pressure on water resources and the environment. Mathematical models that […]

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How to Pull Water Out of Thin Air, Even in the Driest Parts of the Globe

Posted on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 by

Scientists have developed a device that can suck water out of desert skies, powered by sunlight alone. They hope that a version of the technology could eventually supply clean drinking water in some of the driest and poorest parts of the globe. The device is based on a novel material that can pull large […]

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Greening industry, saving water in North Africa

Posted on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 by

Igor Volodin introduces a programme demonstrating the benefits of adopting best available techniques, cleaner production technology, and appropriate environmental management and accounting practices Green industry is an approach that realizes the potential for industries to decouple economic growth from excessive and increasing resource use, thereby reducing pollution and generating additional revenues. It foresees a world […]

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Solar-Powered Device Can Pull Water Out of Thin Air, Even in Deserts

Posted on Friday, April 14th, 2017 by

As a worldwide water crisis looms, engineers have invented a solar-powered harvester that can pull water out of thin air—even in dry, desert environments. A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley have created a device using a specially designed metal-organic framework (MOF) capable of pulling liters of water […]

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Treating wastewater wastes energy, but it doesn’t have to ?

Posted on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 by

Wastewater treatment plants are energy hogs. A 2013 study by the Electric Power Research Institute and Water Research Foundation reported that they consumed about 30 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, or about 0.8 percent of the total electricity used in the United States. Wastewater treatment’s high energy footprint is ironic because the organic […]

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Desalination Breakthrough Turns Seawater Into Drinking Water

Posted on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 by

  Turning seawater into drinking water just became more feasible. Scientists at the University of Manchester in the UK have developed graphene oxide membranes with holes small enough to filter out salt. The sieves represent a technological breakthrough in the effort to make desalination more efficient and affordable. Graphene oxide membranes have been […]

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Engineer creates a device capable of producing drinking water in the desert

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by

Spanish inventor, Enrique Veiga, has created a machine that condenses water from the atmosphere into drinkable, filtered water. The machine runs on the same amount of electricity a domestic washing machine would use and condenses the water to 30 degrees Celcius at a relative humidity of 17%.  The water is filtered and stored for use […]

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