Gaza man’s DIY solar desalination machine can produce 2.6 gallons of fresh water every day

August 11, 2016 by  
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In the Gaza region, decades of Israeli-Palestinian conflict have resulted in a severe drinking water shortage, as some 90 percent of the water supply is unfit for human consumption. One local man has created a solar-powered desalination device that turns undrinkable water into healthy, fresh H2O. Fayez al-Hindi’s homemade distillation setup could help save Gaza, as residents are at risk for running out of water in a matter of months, according to some news reports. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ1NCW5eDNs “Sunshine is readily available in our country,” the inventor says of his homemade desalination tank. In an attempt to address the water shortage with a sustainable solution, al-Hindi built a simple distillation tank that separates clean water from pollutants and salt. The inventor’s system produces about 2.6 gallons of water daily, which is just enough for he and his family’s basic drinking and cooking needs. Related: New chemical-free desalination tech helps bring water surplus to Israel Of course, many folks were concerned about how safe al-Hindi’s distilled water could be, so the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility tested the water and found that his process is working. Lab technician Mohamed Abu Shamaleh called the results “fascinating” and applauded al-Hindi for finding a way to take an old water treatment method and make it new by using solar power . Now, al-Hindi is working to help other local residents build their own distillation systems, so that more people can have easy access to safe drinking water. It will be years or perhaps decades before the region’s infrastructure is repaired, so homemade water purification systems like this one may become essential to survival for thousands of people in Gaza. Via AJ+ Images via AJ+ via screenshot

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Elon Musk is developing a roof made entirely out of solar panels

August 11, 2016 by  
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While solar roofs are no longer an unusual sight in many parts of the country, on most houses they’ve definitely been added as an afterthought rather than worked into the design of the building. Elon Musk’s company SolarCity aims to change that with a new roof that will be made entirely out of solar cells and integrated with a Tesla backup battery pack to allow homeowners to use solar power even at night. The new product is aimed at customers with older rooftops who may be putting off a solar panel installation due to the time and cost needed for repairs. Instead of waiting for these customers to renovate their home, SolarCity would be able to offer them a completely new roof that’s even more durable than what they had before. While there’s not much information available about the specs yet, we’re eagerly awaiting more details. Related: Tesla and SolarCity just agreed on a $2.6 billion merger This announcement also hints at the new direction SolarCity is likely to take as it merges with Musk’s other company , Tesla . Two weeks ago, Musk explained that the new company would be focused on providing “end-to-end clean energy” solutions rather than simply offering solar panels and electric cars. This merger is not expected to impact Tesla’s plans for the upcoming Model 3 or the recently-opened Gigafactory . + SolarCity Via Engadget Images via Jon Callas and SDELC

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New atom-thick desalination filter slashes energy use by 20 percent

April 12, 2016 by  
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The process of removing salt water and particulate matter from ocean water to make it potable— desalination —can be tricky, time consuming, require a lot of fancy equipment, and use more energy than most water-deprived areas have to spare. Lockheed Martin has announced the creation of a new salt filter which they say could cut energy usage by up to 20 percent . This breakthrough could be the step that makes desalination a viable practice for serving water scarce regions of the world that also suffer from energy shortages. Read the rest of New atom-thick desalination filter slashes energy use by 20 percent

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California is sinking 2 inches a month because of drought-driven groundwater pumping

August 26, 2015 by  
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Scientists have known California is sinking for years, but new data from NASA show the state is subsiding even faster than previously thought due to relentless pumping of groundwater – largely for agricultural purposes. According to LiveScience , NASA officials say some parts of the state are dropping at a rate of more than 2 inches per month due to groundwater extraction, and if the trend continues, the land could permanently lose its capacity for storing water underground. Read the rest of California is sinking 2 inches a month because of drought-driven groundwater pumping

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Weathered steel and reclaimed wood clad stunning cabins on a Navajo reservation

August 26, 2015 by  
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You can help feed millions of malnourished children in war-torn Yemen

August 20, 2015 by  
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The UN’s World Food Programme has warned that Yemen is on the brink of famine as a result of the ongoing fighting in the country . “Right now, the conflict-driven convergence between the lack of staple food, access to clean water, and a diminished fuel supply create the dawn of a perfect storm for the most vulnerable Yemeni people,” said Ertharin Cousin, WFP Executive Director, who has just returned from the country. Urgent help is needed by an estimated 13 million people, mostly women and children who are already hungry, the organization warned. Read the rest of You can help feed millions of malnourished children in war-torn Yemen

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How Nestle is pillaging California’s water in the 4th year of the state’s worst drought

May 14, 2015 by  
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If you’ve been paying any attention to California’s devastating drought , chances are you’ve shared—or at the very least encountered—some of the growing rage towards Nestlé ‘s ongoing, largely unchecked water bottling operation in the parched state. While Starbucks recently announced they would transfer their Ethos water bottling facility from California to Pennsylvania, Nestlé CEO Tim Brown said: “Absolutely not. In fact, if I could increase [water bottling operations], I would.” As Governor Jerry Brown enacts the state’s first water restrictions , it’s time to demand that Nestlé cease its bottled water operation – sign this petition to make your voice heard ! STOP NESTLE FROM BOTTLING CALIFORNIA’S WATER > Read the rest of How Nestle is pillaging California’s water in the 4th year of the state’s worst drought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arrowhead , bottle water , california drought , groundwater , groundwater desert , jerry brown , morongo , Nestlé , pure life , san bernardino , tim brown , water cost , water ethics , water price , water restrictions , water shortage

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New study shows U.S. to face worst droughts in 1,000 years

February 13, 2015 by  
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Hang on to your water bottles. The United States is primed for the worst droughts recorded in the last 1,000 years, thanks to climate change. Projections by climate scientists at Columbia University show the U.S. will experience droughts throughout the 21 st   century far worse than the one in wreaking havoc in California , while a data from NASA shows carbon emissions could be the driving force behind the massive water shortages. Read the rest of New study shows U.S. to face worst droughts in 1,000 years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , california drought , Climate Change , Columbia University , Drought , dust bowl , farming , greenhouse gasses , mega-drought , megadrought , nasa , united states , water shortage

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Peeing in the Shower Could Save Millions of Gallons of Water (and Dollars)

October 27, 2014 by  
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A new campaign by students at a British University encourages students to take their first pee of the day in their morning shower. And before we all lapse into a collective ewwww , the ‘ Go With the Flow ‘ campaign makes some mighty convincing arguments. The University of East Anglia (UEA) students found that if everyone in the UK changed their early morning bathroom habits, it would save a staggering 190 million gallons of water , and £430 million ($692 million) each year. Read the rest of Peeing in the Shower Could Save Millions of Gallons of Water (and Dollars) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: campus , Drought , go with the flow , Norfolk , pee in shower , shower , showering , toilet flush , toilet flushing , uea , university of east anglia , water issues , water shortage , water usage

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A Serious Water Crisis Could Hit the US by 2030 Because of Dirty Power

July 31, 2014 by  
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In just 16 short years, the United States (and the rest of the world) could be facing serious water shortage if it doesn’t change the way that it generates power. As the population increases, so does water consumption and power usage. Right now, energy production is the biggest water guzzler in the country – slurping 41% of all freshwater. Unless the country moves to less water-hungry power sources like wind and solar by 2030, water needs could grow to the point where there is a huge gap between what is needed and what is available, plunging the US into a water crisis. Read the rest of A Serious Water Crisis Could Hit the US by 2030 Because of Dirty Power Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dirty power , dirty power water use , nonrenewable energy , power water use , renewable energy , Texas renewable energy , Texas wind energy , US water crisis , US water demand , US water shortage , US water supply , US water supply issues , water crisis , water demand , water shortage , water supply , wind energy

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