NexLoop unveils water management system inspired by spiders, fungi, bees and plants

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In its quest to sustainably serve the needs of urban farmers, Team NexLoop found inspiration for its water management system in the natural world. Seeking to create a system that is self-sufficient and adaptable to local needs, the team observed the ability of cribellate orb weaver spiders to craft webs that capture water from fog in the air. The team then incorporated this design into their work to allow their system, called the AquaWeb, to passively capture water from the atmosphere. The biomimetically-designed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



FEMA scrubs statistics on Puerto Rico’s lack of water and electricity from website

Something smells like propaganda… After Hurricane Maria — a category 4 storm — knocked out power for Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million citizens, the FEMA website became a major lifeline for Americans to stay informed of recovery efforts. Yesterday, however, statistics on the agency’s website — which revealed things such as people have access to electricity and clean water — disappeared. Now, information that only showcases recovery efforts in a positive light is available. As a result, it is… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Soaring timber tower could clean up contaminated water in NYC’s Central Park

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“Aside from supplying water to the pool and Harlem Meer, the Reservoir sits stagnant and fenced off due to its current state as a health threat to millions of New Yorkers, tourists and animals,” said DFA.

“DFA envisions a temporary landmark that is remarkably of its time to creatively transform the reservoir into one of New York’s boldest urban amenities,” said studio founder Laith Sayigh.

“This conceptual project pushes the boundaries of what we perceive is possible in a city as… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Compact OffGridBox provides drinking water and power where it’s needed most

An Italian company has developed a compact solution for communities that lack access to clean drinking water and electricity – the OffGridBox. Measuring 6x6x6 feet, the container box features everything necessary to generate, convert and store solar energy, as well as collect, treat and distribute clean drinking water. But the system does have drawbacks – including a $15,000 price point that’s hard to justify in certain corners of the world. Read on to learn how the founders are trying to make their… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

40-foot shipping container farm can grow 5 acres of food with 97% less water

Communities that have had to import food in the past could start obtaining fresh local food right from their parking lots or warehouses with California-based Local Roots’ shipping container farms. The 40-foot containers house hydroponic farms that only draw on five to 20 gallons of water each day to grow produce like lettuce, strawberries, or kale. The scalable farms are popping up all around the United States, and Local Roots is even talking with SpaceX about the possibility of their hydroponic… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Revolutionary solar paint creates endless energy from water vapor

Thanks to Australian researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, a revolutionary solar paint that can produce endless amounts of energy has been created. The researchers’ findings, which were published by Science Daily, explain that the innovate paint draws moisture from the air and splits it into oxygen and hydrogen. As a result, hydrogen can be captured as a clean fuel source.

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The paint contains a recently-developed compound that looks… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Desert Twins produce water through condensation in driest place on Earth

Safe water isn’t easily accessible for one in 10 people on Earth. For nearly 10 years, artist Ap Verheggen has been working to address water scarcity, and his SunGlacier team recently had the opportunity to test their idea of making water from thin air in what they described as the driest, hottest place on the planet: the Sahara Desert. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dubai firm wants to tow icebergs from Antarctica for fresh water

As global temperatures increase due to global warming, ice caps and glaciers continue to melt at an increasing pace. While this reality disturbs some, it is being regarded as positive news by the National Advisor Bureau Limited, based in Dubai, India. This is because the firm seeks to harvest icebergs in the southern Indian ocean and tow them 5,700 miles (9,200 kilometers) away to the Gulf, where they could be melted and sold to local businesses or marketed as a tourist attraction. However ambitious,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

4.4 billion years ago Earth had no mountains and was covered with water, say scientists

Tiny grains of zircon have allowed two scientists at Australian National University to paint a portrait of Earth over four billion years ago. Their scrutiny of the mineral grains – the oldest fragments of Earth we’ve ever uncovered – led them to think our world was a much different place back then. They say Earth was mountainless and barren, and probably only had a few islands poking up above the water blanketing the rest of the planet. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This man spent 36 years carving through mountains to bring water to his village

 

In 1959, the small village of Caowangba in China’s Guizhou Province had a problem – a drought had dried up all the nearby water sources, and residents were forced to rely on a single well for drinking water. Even that single well was faltering, sometimes leaving the people of the town without enough water to go around. Worse yet, the town’s single rice paddy had dried up, making it hard for residents to access enough food. Something had to be done. But rather than give up and move… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building