Jaden Smith launches Water Box to aid with the Flint water crisis

March 8, 2019 by  
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For the past three years, the First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church has been battling the Flint water crisis by handing out clean water to locals. Volunteers with the organization started giving out bottled water every day of the week, but as donations decreased, they now distribute water over the course of three days. To assist, rapper Jaden Smith has just donated a portable water filtration unit called the Water Box, which can supply upward of 10 gallons of filtered water every minute. During donation days, the church usually runs out of supplies within a few hours, leaving many residents without access to clean water . The situation is disheartening to the volunteers and residents alike, but all of that is about to change. Related: Clothing made from recycled water bottles highlights the ongoing crisis in Flint Smith’s family, including Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, own a company in Glens Falls, New York, called JUST Water , which use large filtration systems to produce bottled water. The Water Box is a smaller version of the filtration system used at the JUST Water plant. The system removes harmful contaminants such as lead, and it will allow residents to fill their own water receptacles throughout the week. Church officials have been testing the Water Box for several weeks and have sent samples to a nearby lab to ensure all harmful contaminants have been removed. The tests will continue to be administered as long as the Water Box is in use. Residents in Flint can also view the weekly results on the company’s website. So far, there is only one Water Box installed at First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, although Smith’s mom, Jada, has already committed to purchasing another unit for the city. Flint’s water problems began back in 2014. Corrosion in the water lines caused lead to leach into the water supply, potentially harming thousands of residents. Although the Flint water crisis is still a major concern, state officials stopped issuing bottled water in 2018 because the lead levels were not above federally mandated limits. Via Huffington Post Images via JUST Water

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UK Retailers Are Failing To Meet Their Food Waste Reduction Targets

February 1, 2012 by  
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All over the western world, food waste is a major concern . When so many are starving, sending thousands of tons of unwanted food to the landfills shouldn’t be an option. In the UK, British retailers have pledged to reduce the amount of food waste and reduce the nation’s carbon footprint. However, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) have announced in their annual report that retailers have not yet met  Phase 2 of the voluntary Courtauld Commitment , which aimed to see a reduction of product and packaging waste in the grocery supply chain by 5%. Instead, since 2010, they have only managed to reduce it by 0.4%. Read the rest of UK Retailers Are Failing To Meet Their Food Waste Reduction Targets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: British Retail Consortium , British Retail Consortium BRC , British Retail Consortium food waste , British Retail Consortium food waste taken to landfills , British Retail Consortium food waste targets uk , British Retail Consortium guardian , British Retail Consortium uk stores food waste , food waste landfills , uk food waste targets , uk landfills food

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Everything I need to know about generating power from tides

September 10, 2011 by  
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Marcus Clay: Tidal Energy generating green power from tides While technology has done a lot to improve lifestyles, the numerous inventions and man-made machines require energy to run on and depend on some form of fuel. The high demand for fuel has caused the most-widely used fossil fuels to become dearer and the challenge for today’s scientists is how to generate energy. Again, technology comes to the rescue with tidal power. Scientists and environmentalists have developed ways to harness the tremendous power of violent ocean tides. Trends Jung Seung Woo, Seung Woo Jung, Kim Min Jung, and Kim Hyun Jun from Korea have developed a prototype of a wave and solar energy generator that works day and night. While during the day, the devices that float on the ocean surface trap solar and tidal energy, during the night, it works as a tidal power generator. The device uses some of the power generated to glow at night acting as beacons to guide ships safely away from them. The electricity which is generated is sent ashore via underwater cables. France has also been actively exploring ways of tapping tidal power with its ambitious €40m (£35m) Paimpol-Bréhat project. The project will see the world’s largest tidal array that consists of four 16-metre turbines, being installed out at sea. Initially, one of the turbines will be tested in 35 meters of water off the Bréhat Island. The other three turbines will be installed in 2012. 2 MWs of power generated by this array will be sufficient to power 4,000 French households. The Benefits While the world explores several sources of clean energy, tidal power has several advantages over other forms of green and alternative energy. a. Unlike solar and wind power that largely depend on weather conditions, tidal movements are very predictable and reliable. b. The density of water being much higher than air it means that a turbine used to harness tidal power can be significantly smaller than a wind turbine that generates the amount of electrical output. c. Tidal turbines work noiselessly. Although industrial wind turbines are relatively silent, utility-sized wind turbines are known to generate low-frequency noise that people living in the vicinity complain about. d. Since these turbines do not use oils or grease for lubrication, they pose no threat to the environment. The Lowdown a. Environmental hazard Setting up large structures on the seabed causes considerable damage to the ecosystem. Also, placing these objects in the water reduces the amount of water that moves between a basin where the power is generated and the sea, leading to higher chances of pollution. This reduced exchange of water would also reduce the salinity of water in the basin, significantly affecting life on the seabed. b. Fish and marine life As marine life forms and fish pass through these barrages, even the most innovatively designed barrages are responsible for about 15 per cent of the mortality per pass through. Hence, in the long run, marine life can be severely impacted. c. Irregular power supply Power can be generated only when there is tidal movement in or out of the basin. Although tides are predictable, they are not constant. Hence, power can be generated only during particular times of the day. d. High start-up cost The cost of setting up a tidal array is astronomically high. This may discourage investors from putting their money in tidal power generation. e. Damage Erratic weather conditions and frequent hurricanes raise the fear of damage to the expensive equipment installed on the floor of the ocean. Although this was a major concern during the recent Hurricane Irene, Ocean Power Technologies’ PowerBuoy deployed off the coast of New Jersey withstood the severe conditions experienced during the hurricane. Surprisingly, after facing the onslaught for two days, the PowerBuoy emerged undamaged and fully operational. It even maintained a regular supply of electricity during the hurricane. Although this is a testament to the high levels of engineering skills, it highlights the need for the best engineering and materials that should be used in making turbines. This further raises the cost of manufacturing tidal turbines. The Impact Every country is looking for ways and means of responding to the high demand for energy. And, with the focus on the need for green and renewable energy, governments are leaving no stone unturned, even if it lies on the bottom of the ocean. Tidal power looks more prospective, with wind and solar energy being very seasonal and time bound. The popular saying, ‘time and tide waits for none’ makes tidal energy the much-preferred source of energy in the future.

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