These floating jellyfish gardens purify polluted water and air while growing food

October 13, 2016 by  
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Janine Hung created the Jellyfish Lodge as a solution to problems plaguing the world’s waterways. The solar-powered structures feature interior gardens that flourish while filtering polluted water. The jellyfish’ long tentacle arms collect drifting trash without harming wildlife. They also test water for toxicity and begin the process of treating water though unique microbial digestion chambers. Once it is purified, water is returned to the surrounding environment. Related: Biodesign Competition winners announced – algae takes center stage The aquaponic gardens grow food while purifying the air with an electrostatic system. The project would encourage nearby residents to maintain the lodges while reaping the benefits of the food grown inside. The Jellyfish Lodge received an Honorable Mention in this year’s Biodesign Competition . + Janine Hung Images via Janine Hung

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Egyptian researchers discover a way to grow forests in the desert with sewage

August 25, 2016 by  
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Desertification is a major issue throughout Africa, but there’s a simple way to stop the spread of deserts into fertile land: planting forests. The problem is that in the regions hardest hit by the phenomenon, there simply isn’t enough clean water to properly nurture the trees and keep them healthy. But an innovative project in Egypt proves that it can be done using repurposed wastewater instead of tapping into the sparse fresh water supply. The trees grown in the forest are thriving, and in fact, the eucalyptus trees have been found to produce wood at four times the rate of pine plantations in Germany. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOSFKGay5Hg Located about two hours from Cairo, the Serapium forest is part of a program initiated by the Egyptian government in the 90s. The 200-hectare plantation is home to a variety of native and non-native trees, including commercially valuable species like eucalyptus and mahogany. Though the soil in this area would normally be too devoid of nutrients to support new tree growth, researchers have found that by watering the trees with sewage effluent , the plants are able to flourish. The wastewater provides so many nutrients that additional fertilizer isn’t even necessary. Related: The Great Green Wall of Africa could fight desertification and poverty The sewage used to water these trees is at stage two in the treatment process . In the first stage, mechanical filters are used to remove dirt and garbage from the water. In the second stage, oxygen and microbes are added to decompose the organic material in the water. This leaves a fluid rich in phosphates and nitrogen, a mixture similar to that found in commercial fertilizers . Normally, this wouldn’t be used to water crops – the amount of fertilizers in the water would be excessive for some plants, and the bacteria in the water could potentially contaminate fruits and vegetables. However, in areas where nothing is grown for human consumption, it’s perfectly safe to use. In as few as 15 years, the trees in the plantation are ready to harvest with a production of 350 cubic meters of wood per hectare. By contrast, German pines would take around 60 years to reach the same level of production. So not only are the plantations helping Egypt retain its fertile land, but they’re also producing a valuable natural resource which would otherwise need to be imported from other nations. Related: South African insurance company backs tree-planting effort to reduce effects of drought It’s estimated that a whopping 650,000 hectares of the Egyptian desert could be converted to wood production if the country were to use 80% of its effluent for the cause. Right now, however, Egypt isn’t even close – and that’s primarily due to a lack of funding. However, it’s possible the nation might be able to use money from the UN’s Green Climate Fund or through private forestry companies. Via Deutsche Welle Images via Deutsche Welle/Oliver Ristau

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Parabosol is a portable solar-powered water treatment system for remote areas

April 11, 2016 by  
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Over 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water globally. Although clean water is a basic human right, it continues to be a growing epidemic in the developing world, predominantly in remote communities. Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis devised the Parabosol , a portable solar-powered water purification system for use in remote areas. The system filters and purifies drinking water using a parabolic mirror that boils contaminated water at up to 400 degrees celsius. After boiling, a set of sand and carbon filters catch sand particles and remove odor dissolved gases. Parabosol can clean up to 170 liters of water in a single use. The project was honored with the silver award at the 2014-2015 A’ Design Awards, and it was also a nominee in Design Index 2015. + Parabosol 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!

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The UK prepares to fire up the largest floating solar farm the world has ever seen

March 1, 2016 by  
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Soon, the United Kingdom will fire up the world’s largest floating solar farm . Over 23,000 solar panels will be floated on a reservoir about 20 miles southwest of London, generating renewable energy to power local water treatment plants. The $8.3 million project has been in planning and development for more than five years and is now just weeks away from completion. Read the rest of The UK prepares to fire up the largest floating solar farm the world has ever seen

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New municipal building in Stockholm will look and act just like a greenhouse

March 1, 2016 by  
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The Fuel Station of the Future will wirelessly charge your self-driving car with solar energy

March 1, 2016 by  
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Self-driving cars are on the rise, and half of all vehicles in the US will be electrified by the year 2050. To accommodate these new technologies Nissan and Foster + Partners just unveiled the Fuel Station of the Future – complete with solar panels, wireless EV chargers , and self-parking technology. Read the rest of The Fuel Station of the Future will wirelessly charge your self-driving car with solar energy

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NASA inks first contract for the supersonic passenger jet of our dreams

March 1, 2016 by  
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Nearly 70 years ago, pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 rocket plane (currently on display at the Smithsonian). Now, NASA has announced they will build on that historic flight with a contract to design a supersonic passenger jet. Read the rest of NASA inks first contract for the supersonic passenger jet of our dreams

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Researchers create nanoparticles that scrub polluted water at an accelerated rate

November 27, 2015 by  
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Clean water is a need shared by just about every inhabitant of planet Earth, and that resource is getting increasingly difficult to come by. But a new technology developed by California nanoscientists could help purify polluted water with greater speed and lower costs. Phys.org reports that a team of researchers from California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA have uncovered a method to de-pollute water using enzymes that can get rid of multiple pollutants at the same time – while cutting risks to health and the environment. Read the rest of Researchers create nanoparticles that scrub polluted water at an accelerated rate

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Earthy modular VIMOB home can be erected in even the most hard-to-reach locations

November 27, 2015 by  
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Ten solutions to California’s drought

June 17, 2015 by  
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As California enters the fourth year of the worst drought in the state’s history, NASA estimates that 11 trillion gallons of water will be needed to recover from this arid rut. While Governor Jerry Brown has implemented a series of wide-ranging measures aimed at curbing water usage , there are efforts underway to engineer the state out of its drought. Some are fairly well-tested— desalination, for example —while others, such as William Shatner’s proposed $30 billion Seattle-Lake Mead pipeline , seem straight-up wacky. Read on to learn more about the good, the bad and the weird big-picture ideas for addressing California’s drought . Read the rest of Ten solutions to California’s drought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: andes water , aqua science , aquifer , Aquifers and Wells , atmospheric water generation , bernard vonnegut , Bottled Water , california agriculture , california drought , carlsbad , chile fog , Climate Change , cloud-seeding , desalination plant , dew harvest , diagram of groundwater , drought solutions , fog catcher , fog collector , geoengineering , geoengineering drought , groundwater , groundwater solutions , hoover dam , how to fix the drought , how to solve california’s drought , how to solve the drought , humidity harvesting , ionization rain , jerry brown , lake mead , nestle california , nevada reservoir , pipelines , rain on request , san bernadino , san diego , San Francisco , Self Filling Water Bottle , silver iodide , solar desalination , Solutions for the CA drought , solutions to California’s drought , Wally Hickel , waste water , wastewater california , wastewater reuse , wastewater reycling , water treatment , WaterFX , weather manipulation , wells , william shatner

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