Water is essential to all life, but many people in the world do not have access to a regular healthy supply. For example, in Ethiopia, only 44% of the general population can access safe drinking water, a figure that drops to under 35% in rural areas. As well as the
Despite the high-tech promises of the past, we don’t yet live in a paperless world. Whilst computers, phones, tablets and e-readers have proliferated, they haven’t made much of a dent on paper use, which has increased in recent years.
In a global context where water scarcity is prevalent, innovation to create more effective cycles of water usage is highly valuable. That’s what makes the work of AquaFresco interesting. The startup aims to close the loop on washing machine water use, they’ve developed a technology capable of reusing up to
During one of the most severe droughts on record in California, the water has been turned off in many houses and for many that’s been the case for months. Meanwhile, only a few miles away, the state’s farmers are still paying to dispose of 300 billion gallons of water every
California’s recent drought was well-documented, and while the drought will end at some point, the challenge of managing water effectively will continue. California is the world’s eighth largest economy with a growing population of nearly 40 million residents and nearly 9 million acres of land to irrigate. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the U.S.
A Namibian beetle has inspired an innovative water solution. The onymacris unguicularis is found on the Namib Desert, where water is scarce. They have evolved to procure water by using the morning fog and dew to collect and absorb moisture for hydration.
“We Have a Materials-in-the-Wrong-Place Problem” is an oft-quoted piece of wisdom from Cradle to Cradle pioneers William McDonough and Michael Braungart, and recent research has further emphasised how true this is in the case of ocean plastic. Research by a consortium of 12 institutions has estimated that around 300,000 tonnes of
A group of Mexican engineers claim to have developed technology that can recover and purify both seawater and wastewater in an incredibly fast two and a half minutes. The technology is still in its infancy and has yet to hit the market, but if scalable and successful, it could have
Fresh water is a finite and broadly poorly managed resource. In an article for the Guardian, Martin Stuchtey suggests that demand for water could exceed supply by as much as 40% by 2030. He goes on to outline the need for water to be thought about in terms of cycles