Cape Town’s water pipes could run dry by April

.

Cape Town in South Africa is experiencing its worst drought in a century, according to Reuters, and their water supply is in trouble. City authorities are scrambling to drill boreholes or construct desalination plants, but Day Zero – when water taps could run dry – is now April 22.

Related: View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



170 million Americans drink radioactive tap water

Up to 170 million Americans in all fifty states may be exposed to radiation-tainted drinking water. Using data from 50,000 public water systems, a study by the Environmental Working Group found that more than 22,000 utilities reported the presence of radium in treated drinking water between 2010 and 2015. Although only a small number of these systems had radium levels that exceeded the legal limits put in place by the EPA in 1976, these guidelines are in need of an update to ensure that the public… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists made the coldest liquid water ever – and it’s crazy weird

Water freezes at zero degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit, right? While that’s technically water’s freezing point, under certain conditions water can be supercooled, and a group of scientists recently measured the lowest liquid water temperature to date: -42.55 degrees Celsius. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Japan mulls pouring 1M metric tons of radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific Ocean

Fukushima cleanup continues over six years after the 2011 disaster – and the country hasn’t yet decided what to do with one million metric tons of radioactive water currently stored on the site in 900 big tanks. Some experts advising the government have said the water should be slowly released into the Pacific Ocean. But local fishermen are afraid consumers won’t purchase fish caught in the region – and their industry is still struggling to rebuild after the tsunami. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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

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

Related:

“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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUFQf871vUI

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