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Our Dirty Fuels and Overconsumption are Changing Our Oceans

This article was originally published by our friends at Twilight Earth, Adam Shake writes thoughtfully about how our way of life is impacting our oceans. I think we’ve got to be simply dense, or maybe just in denial, to think that the combined actions of our population of 6 billion people doesn’t have any impact […]

October 13th

"Major" Desalination Breakthrough Mini-Mobile-Modular (M3)

Researchers at UCLA recognize the world water crisis is not just affecting third world countries, but California is also at risk. Concern over access to clean water is no longer just an issue for the developing world, as California faces its worst drought in recorded history. According to state’s Department of Water Resources, supplies in […]

July 17th

Oceans and Carbon Dioxide: Known Causes Creating Unexpected Effects

Scientists found two unexpected effects of climate changes in the world’s oceans this week: the Southern Ocean is absorbing less carbon dioxide than expected, while fish raised in water with higher carbon dioxide levels are growing larger ear bones. Scientists have long known that climate change would effect ocean ecosystems, but neither of these effects […]

June 28th

Chile May Protect Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems From Fishing

A bill has been introduced into the Chilean National Congress that would protect vulnerable marine ecosystems. According to the United Nations, a vulnerable marine ecosystem is defined as: An ecosystem that is particularly susceptible to disruption, to damage or even to destruction due to their physical characteristics, the activities and interactions of the organisms therein […]

June 5th

Ocean Acidification Puts Corals in Jeopardy

By 2050, our planet’s oceans could be too acidic for corals to reproduce or rebuild, and the $16 trillion ocean-based economy is in danger of being wiped out if things continue as they are. The high levels of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere from human activities have a dramatic impact on many of our oceans’ […]

April 6th

The Watercone: A Simple, Effective Solar Still

In many parts of the world, lack of access to clean, potable water is a major issue. Water may be found nearby, but only in a brackish or polluted state. Areas close to the ocean may see miles of water, but not a drop to drink. UNICEF estimates that every day 5000 children die as […]

March 13th

Saltwater + Freshwater = Blue Energy

Blue energy, or reverse electrodialysis, generates electricity through the convergence of fresh and salt water using artificial semi-permeable membranes. The technology is currently in use in the Netherlands, but the possibilities for its application exist wherever saltwater and freshwater mix. It’s not a new discovery, but until now, the cost of the membranes has been […]

March 9th