Made from sewage, these "popsicles" reveal the scale of Taiwan’s water pollution

June 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Made from sewage, these "popsicles" reveal the scale of Taiwan’s water pollution

We wouldn’t eat these “popsicles” if we were you. Concocted by Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui and Cheng Yu-ti, a group of students from National Taiwan University of the Arts , the frozen treats comprise sewage from 100 different locations across the East Asian island nation. Hung and company froze their samples—bottle caps, plastic wrappers, and all—to illustrate the scope of Taiwan’s water-pollution problem. To preserve their creations, they dipped the popsicles in a polyester resin. They even designed wrappers for each frozen non-treat based on the locations they sampled from. Unappetizing “flavors” include “Yang-tzu-chou Drainage,” “The Large Ditch in Tianwei,” and “New Huwei Creek.” Related: Residents go nearly two weeks without safe drinking water in this Texas town Hung said they chose to make the popsicles to illustrate the importance of clean water. (Popsicles are, after all, mostly H2O.) “They’re made out of sewage, so basically these things can only be seen, not eaten,” Hung told Mashable . “[Having] pure water, a clean water source is actually very important.” + Polluted Water Popsicles Via Quartz A post shared by ??? (@yongbin.zhou) on May 25, 2017 at 6:45am PDT

See original here: 
Made from sewage, these "popsicles" reveal the scale of Taiwan’s water pollution

Rethinking the water cycle through corporate collaboration

May 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on Rethinking the water cycle through corporate collaboration

“Business as usual will lead to a 40 percent gap in supply demand of water by 2030,” said Emilio Tenuta, vice president of corporate sustainability at Ecolab. However, “despite water conservation projects, since 2011, corporate water use has only declined by 10 percent.According to Tenuta, if the world is to address the pressing issue of water quality scarcity, “we’re going to have to create partnerships that accelerate change and reinvent the way we work.” 

See the original post here:
Rethinking the water cycle through corporate collaboration

Residents go nearly two weeks without safe drinking water in this Texas town

May 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Residents go nearly two weeks without safe drinking water in this Texas town

When something goes wrong with a public water supply , utility officials often issue an advisory warning residents to boil water before using it for drinking, cooking, or bathing. Such measures are generally temporary—a brief period of caution while crews repair the source of the problem. However, residents of Corpus Christi, Texas have been living under a boil advisory for nearly two weeks , and it’s the city’s third in 10 months. Nobody knows for sure when locals will have access to safe drinking water again. The current boil advisory was issued May 13, after utility officials reported low levels of chlorine disinfectant in the water supply . Chlorine is being used to kill harmful bacteria, which itself was at the heart of a previous boil alert in July 2015. Prior to that time, the city was using a different method for disinfecting the water, and it wasn’t working. Potentially hazardous levels of E. coli had been detected, and utility managers were unable to combat the bacteria without switching to a chlorine-based disinfectant. Ironically, the disinfectant in the water is now posing a threat to local residents. Related: Florida nuclear power plant is leaking pollutants that threaten drinking water Local news reports say the chlorine was expected to disperse through the water supply quickly after a treatment on May 19, but it’s taking longer than officials thought it should. A final treatment was performed at 2 p.m. local time on Tuesday, May 24 and needs at least 18 hours before water tests can confirm safe disinfectant levels. The boil alert could be lifted sometime today, Wednesday, but the debacle has left residents frustrated and upset, feeling as though city leaders have let them down. Corpus Christi city manager Ron Olson resigned his position just days after the current boil alert was issued amid claims he mishandled the situation. Some residents are calling for the city’s mayor, Nelda Martinez, to step down as well. Via Huffington Post Images via Steve Johnson/Flickr and Ted Gresham/Flickr

More: 
Residents go nearly two weeks without safe drinking water in this Texas town

Recycled cigarette butt bricks slash energy consumption by 58%

May 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Green, Recycle

Comments Off on Recycled cigarette butt bricks slash energy consumption by 58%

Familiar habit: step outside, smoke a cigarette to relieve urban stress, toss what’s left on the concrete. This small action, multiplied a few trillion times around the world, produces 1.2 trillion tons of waste . This waste is not strictly organic ; mixed in with the plant products are heavy metals that can contaminate land and water. Even the increased popularity of vaping will do little to combat the increase of cigarette waste, which is predicted to grow by up to 50 percent by 2025. Perhaps inspired by the concrete on which so many butts have been dumped, Dr. Abbas Mohajerani, engineer at RMIT University in Melbourne, has proposed repurposing this waste into bricks for building. “I have been dreaming for many years about finding sustainable and practical methods for solving the problem of cigarette butt pollution,” says Mohajerani. If the material for only 2.5 percent of the global production of bricks was sourced from cigarette butts, it would offset the waste produced by cigarette butts. Bricks produced using cigarette waste are cheaper and less energy intensive than traditional bricks. The cigarette butts are mixed into traditional clay bricks, reducing the energy required by 58 percent. The resulting bricks are more insulating, which would cut down the cost of heating or cooling a home, and easier to move due to their lighter weight. Related: Ultra-sturdy dirt brick gets its remarkable strength from paper towels Mohajerani believes that his techniques could make a huge dent in the problem of global pollution. “Incorporating butts into bricks can effectively solve a global litter problem as recycled cigarette butts can be placed in bricks without any fear of leaching or contamination,” says Mohajerani. How these cigarette butts will be effectively collected is unclear. Although the mass production of cigarette butt bricks is still far on the horizon, the work of Mohaherani and his team have helped to clarify a creative solution to an enduring human problem. If we must smoke, let us build something too. Via TreeHugger

Go here to see the original:
Recycled cigarette butt bricks slash energy consumption by 58%

China to Levy Unlimited Fines Against Major Polluters

May 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on China to Levy Unlimited Fines Against Major Polluters

The Chinese legislature has voted in favor of changes to its environmental policies for the first time in 25 years. The new law gives government the ability to levy unlimited fines against polluters in a country with some of the world’s worst air quality and widespread pollution. Under the new anti-pollution laws set come into effect on January 1, 2015, Chinese companies violating the regulations will be subject to unlimited fines along with public naming and shaming, while executives in charge could spend up to 15 days in prison. Local governments will also be held accountable for covering up environmental breaches, while Chinese citizens will be encouraged to “adopt a low-carbon and frugal lifestyle” and “perform environmental protection duties.” Read the rest of China to Levy Unlimited Fines Against Major Polluters Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air , Air quality , carbon dioxide emissions , china , china’s war on pollution , chinese environmental law , Climate Change , Environment , fines for chinese polluters , global warming , hong kong pollution , polluters , Pollution , water issues , water quality

The rest is here: 
China to Levy Unlimited Fines Against Major Polluters

World Water Week finds power in partnerships

September 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on World Water Week finds power in partnerships

The world's heavyweights met in Stockholm to address looming threats to water quality and quantity. Here are highlights.

Read more from the original source:
World Water Week finds power in partnerships

How Investing in Water Infrastructure Could Grow Green Jobs

October 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on How Investing in Water Infrastructure Could Grow Green Jobs

Investing $188 billion to properly manage stormwater in the U.S. and preserve water quality may potentially create nearly 1.9 million jobs over the next five years, according to a new report.

Excerpt from:
How Investing in Water Infrastructure Could Grow Green Jobs

DEC Rules that Indian Point cooling technologies will not meet New York’s water quality standards

April 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on DEC Rules that Indian Point cooling technologies will not meet New York’s water quality standards

photo: SMI direct Obama last week expanded controversial sources of energy such as drilling along the coastlines, but the nuclear power plant near Westchester, NY may be in its final years of operation. On Friday, New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation denied Entergy, the owners of Indian Point nuclear power plant, a water quality certificate. The denial of the water permit follows on the heels of New York’s utility regulator rejecting Entergy’s …

Read the original:
DEC Rules that Indian Point cooling technologies will not meet New York’s water quality standards

Front Page of Newspaper is a Bouquet of Roses

April 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Front Page of Newspaper is a Bouquet of Roses

Image from the Crossed Cow Free newspapers are a curse, as they pile up, abandoned, in subways, buses and streets. London is down to two now, Metro in the morning and one at night. Metro challenged design and ad agencies to come up with an inspiring “coverwrap” (front and back page) as they say in the biz

Excerpt from: 
Front Page of Newspaper is a Bouquet of Roses

Bad Behavior has blocked 1473 access attempts in the last 7 days.