Natural wetland in India filters 198 million gallons of wastewater a day with zero chemicals

March 6, 2018 by  
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The East Kolkata Wetlands in India processes almost 198 million gallons of wastewater and sewage produced by the region’s population everyday, relying on nothing but nature. What was once a mix of lowland salt marshes and silted rivers is now a sprawling complex of man-made wetlands framed by green space. With the help of local farmers and fishers, the wetlands are maintained in good health to organically clean sewage using sunlight, oxygen, and beneficial microbes. This process, known as bio-remediation, cleans wastewater within three weeks, a remarkably quick turnaround that highlights the great power of natural solutions. Wastewater from the city is directed into small inlets, each one controlled by a local fishery cooperative. The cooperative then separates the dense polluted water from clearer surface water, which flows into the large wetland while the wastewater decomposes and becomes fish food through organic processes. This water is then used to raise fish in ponds known as bheries or grow crops on the banks of the wetlands. In addition to its wastewater and agriculture services, the East Kolkata Wetlands also act as a flood control system, absorbing excess water from the nearby city. Related: Dakshineswar Skywalk could greatly improve pedestrian safety in Kolkata Former city sanitation engineer Dhrubajyoti Ghosh has served as the Wetland’s guardian for several decades. After realizing the enormous value of the wetland’s environmental services, he defined the formal limits of the area and successfully protected it from real estate developers. Today, Ghosh recognizes the challenges and opportunities facing the wetlands and others like it. “I am still learning how this delicate ecosystem works, how to further refine it, and why some places are better suited than others,” he told The Better India . “I am happy to give any advice or help absolutely free, this is the best system of its kind in the world and could be helping millions of people. If I have failed in one thing it is this; not enough people know about it or are benefiting from it.” Via The Better India Images via East Kolkata Wetlands Management Authority and  The Better India

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Gooey cactus guts remove arsenic and bacteria from polluted water

March 14, 2016 by  
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Clean water is perhaps the biggest key to keeping us alive, and scientists are forever testing new laboratory methods for transforming non-potable water into a life-sustaining fluid. However, all the elaborate chemistry is sometimes no substitute for the mysteries of nature. Researchers are now learning about a water purification technique used by North American natives in the Southwest and Mexico for perhaps thousands of years: the gooey inner flesh of common cactus plants. Read the rest of Gooey cactus guts remove arsenic and bacteria from polluted water

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Hybrid solar and biofuel plane to attempt first zero-carbon trans-Atlantic flight

March 14, 2016 by  
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Raphael Dinelli is a French scientist, former yachtsman, and now a pilot with his eyes on a world record. He’s determined to make history by completing the first zero-carbon trans-Atlantic flight this June with a lightweight hybrid plane powered by solar energy and biofuels . After four wins at the Vendée Globe round-the-world nonstop solo sailing race, Dinelli is determined to put his endurance to the test by flying a clean energy plane over the seas he once sailed. Read the rest of Hybrid solar and biofuel plane to attempt first zero-carbon trans-Atlantic flight

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FedEx, United bet it’s (finally) time for jet biofuels to take off

July 21, 2015 by  
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Aviation biofuels are on the rise again thanks to airlines like Virgin, Southwest and United, as well as buy-in from manufacturers and logistics providers Boeing and FedEx.

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Why Many Americans May Flee to Alaska in the Coming Decades

September 24, 2014 by  
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Job opportunity, the cool factor and affordability may no longer be the major reason Americans move. Instead, climate change may force people to flee certain regions into cities that can maintain cooler temperatures and ward off rising sea levels. Scientists predict that most of California and the Southwest, along with the East Coast and Southeast will be disaster zones in a few decades due to drought, wildfires, heat waves, hurricanes and rising sea levels. But the Pacific Northwest, the northern Great Plains and the Midwest are predicted to fair much better as global warming heats up. Read the rest of Why Many Americans May Flee to Alaska in the Coming Decades Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alaska , California , camilo mora , Climate Change , climate refuge , climate refugees , climatopolis , coasts , detroit , Drought , east coast , environmental economics , environmental refugees , extreme weather , heat waves , hurricanes , matthew e. kahn , midwest , milwaukee , Minneapolis , national climate data center , National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , Nature , northern great plains , Pacific Northwest , rising sea levels , rising temperatures , salt lake city , southeast , southwest , thomas c. peterson , university of california los angeles , university of hawaii , water stress , wildfires

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Handcrafted Dual Function Tipsy Stools are Made from 100% Sustainably Harvested Wood

September 24, 2014 by  
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Chicago-based Tinsel & Timber just released their latest design: the Tipsy Stool, a handcrafted chair that doubles as a side table. Made from 100% sustainably harvested wood , the Tipsy Stool is set atop a powder coated steel wire base and is available in Walnut or Maple. Each stool is made in their Chicago studio and is hand finished with natural oil and wax. The Tipsy Stool retails for $249; Tinsel & Timber plant a tree through their partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation for each product sold. + Tinsel & Timber The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , arbor day foundation , dual function furniture , handcrafted furniture , maple , natural oil , natural wax , reader submitted content , sustainably harvested wood , Tinsel & Timber , tipsy stool , Walnut

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Stunning Lakeside Villa in Austria Boasts an Amazing Wooden Shading Structure

September 24, 2014 by  
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There’s a 50% Chance the Southwest Will Suffer A 30-Year Megadrought in the Next Century

September 23, 2014 by  
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A new report from Cornell University , the U.S Geological Survey and the University of Arizona warns that there’s a 50% chance the southwest United States will experience a decade-long drought in the near feature. But that’s not the worst of it – there’s also a 20-50% chance that the region will face a massive megadrought lasting over 30 years. Read the rest of There’s a 50% Chance the Southwest Will Suffer A 30-Year Megadrought in the Next Century Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , california drought , cornell university , Drought , megadrought , southwest united states , U.S. Geological Survey , University of Arizona

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Titanium Golf Clubs Could be Responsible for Igniting California Wildfires

March 25, 2014 by  
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Golfers who land shots into the rough may be igniting more than foul tempers, a string of expletives, and poor scores. According to scientists from UC Irvine , titanium golf clubs that come in contact with rocks can produce sparks reaching temperatures of up to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit and last long enough to set dry brush on fire. With California experiencing its worst drought in recorded history, the parched plants need very little provocation to burst into flame. Read the rest of Titanium Golf Clubs Could be Responsible for Igniting California Wildfires Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arroyo trabujo golf club , burn cycle , California , california drought , dry foliage , fire adaptive community , golf course , high speed camera , james earthman , mission viejo , rough , scanning electron microscope , shady canyon golf course , southwest , titanium alloy , titanium alloy golf club , uc irvine , water conservation , wildfire        

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PHOTOS: Tour the LEED Gold Yotel Hotel in Times Square

March 25, 2014 by  
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Flight-themed rooms, circular beds and a LEGO wall are just some of the unique amenities guests will find at New York’s futuristic Yotel . But don’t be fooled by this hotel’s light-hearted character – it’s bona fide green and has a LEED Gold certification to show for it. Inhabitat reporter Lori Zimmer recently spent the night in one of the Yotel’s comfy suites – click through for a tour! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , Green Hotels , leed gold hotel , LEED Gold Manhattan , LEGO wall , sustainable design , sustainable hotel manhattan , Times Square hotel , yotel , yotel hotel        

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