GreenTalk Radio’s Sean Daily talks to Peter Cleary, Director of Communications of Vestergaard Frandsen, about LifeStraw, a water purifier that helps to get access to safe drinking water at home and outside in regions where water is an issue. LifeStraw is made by Vestergaard Frandsen. an international company specializing in complex emergency response and disease […]
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The Smart Shower is a multi-use, energy- and water-saving shower entered for the 2009 James Dyson Award that can be used by anyone, including less able-bodied individuals. The designer says that the catalyst for the project was to create an â€œall-in-one shower enclosure that was efficient on energyâ€ and that provided â€œsafety and comfort for […]
Heart of Dryness, a new book by James G. Workman, is a nonfiction narrative that examines the growing world water crisis against the backdrop of the struggle and survival of Africa’s Bushmen in the face of water scarcity and perpetual drought. Workmanâ€™s book is an account of his journey to interview and meet the Bushmen […]
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), July 2009 was the hottest month on record for the average global ocean surface temperature. The previous record was broken in 1998.Â When combined with global land surface temperatures, July 2009 was the fifth warmest month since data collection began in 1880.
As water becomes more and more scarce, it has offset political problems throughout the globe. More than a billion people across the globe donâ€™t have access to safe water. Every day 3900 children die as a result of insufficient or unclean water supplies. The situation looks like it is becoming worse as water becomes evermore […]
If you live in the U.S., your Water Footprint is about 2,480 cubic meters/ year. In China? 700 cubic meters/person/year. In the UK? 1,245. In the coming years, water scarcity will become a greater issue around the world, and a new report created by the Food Ethics Council and London-based health and food organization Sustain […]
Americans are guilty of wasting water; that’s not news. But did you know that businesses and homeowners overwater grass and plants by up to 300%, wasting 225 billion gallons of water each year? According to water management company Hydropoint, it’s all because of dumb irrigation systems that are guilty of saturating water-starved flora with too […]
Got a roof? Get a tank. Harvesting rainwater is a great way to conserve this one of the scarcest natural resources and save your dollars in the bargain.
It resembles a pet or a small garden pest more than anything else, but the “Pure” system, created by industrial designer Emilian Dan Cartis, is actually a solar-powered water purifier. The system requires almost no upkeep–just put it outside and watch as the device gathers rainwater (or sea water) and turns into potable water suitable […]
Drought is a problem facing many parts of the world.Â It is a normal climate event that occurs from time to time; however, the cause is often not “natural”.Â Drought is often confused with aridity.Â Aridity is a permanent climate change, whereas drought is recoverable.Â According to the National Drought Mitigation Center, drought is defined […]
There is nothing more annoying then seeing automated sprinklers watering sidewalks or spraying on lawns during rain.Â Such excess water use is common in affluent communities.Â Almost 100 Massachusetts communities are exceeding state guidelines for water usage. The state advises residential water consumption be limited to 65 gallons a day per person.
In 2004, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, enacted a law that required meters to be installed on all residential and commercial properties by 2025. This was partly based on studies that showed metered customers used less water on average than those charged a flat rate.