Seeds and oils from the plant that produces the loofah sponge could help purify wastewater and prevent the spread of waterborne diseases in the developing world, according to a scientist speaking today at the 17th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference in Bethesda, Md. The low-cost, biodegradable seeds and substances made from oils of these seeds (more…)
Indian scientists have developed a filter system they say can provide clean water to rural families for less than $2.50 per year and help reduce incidences of diarrhea that cause tens of thousands of deaths in the developing world annually.
Today is World Environment Day, a date established in 1970 to raise awareness of pressing ecological issues. Every year, the United Nations Environmental Protection agency chooses a theme to promote on this date; in 2013 the theme is food waste. One third of the food produced globally is wasted and, with it, we waste a great deal of energy and water as well, since (more…)
A conference of 500 of the world’s leading water scientists issued a stark declaration at the end of a four-day meeting in Germany, warning that within two generations a majority of the people on the planet will face problems obtaining ample supplies of clean water.
At the meeting, “Water in the Anthropocene,” the (more…)
“Israeli companies are very well-perceived in Germany for their innovative technologies, be it in IT, biotech, or water,” so says Flérida Regueira Cortizo, Senior Manager Environmental Technologies, Germany Trade and Invest. Cortizo spoke with Israel NewTech about the new trends and developments in the German water sector, and the opportunities that (more…)
Gardening is not only one of the healthiest hobbies you can have – both in terms of physical productivity and the “fruits” of your labour – but also one of the most sustainable. Still, depending on your practices (as well as your location), it can seem to be an ironically large waste of water, particularly here in Australia. (more…)
China’s Guangdong Province water company is currently in the process of installing 75 water analyzing and control units supplied by global water quality control systems provider Blue I Water Technologies, BlueI informed Israel NewTech. The units will accurately measure a range of parameters for municipal potable water, to ensure drinking water (more…)
China’s five largest power utilities, which depend on water-intensive, coal-fired stations to generate electricity, are vulnerable to water supply disruptions because they are centered in the country’s water-scarce northern regions, a new report says.
An ambitious plan to expand the western Chinese city of Lanzhou into a regional industrial hub is raising concerns over what critics call lax government oversight of the environmental and safety impacts, including worries that it will siphon huge amounts of water from an already parched region and devastate nearby mountains. (more…)
All across the globe, communities are celebrating International World Water Day and according the UN’s World Water Day website, over 450 events have been planned this year!
This year’s theme is in part a reflection of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The day is (more…)