In Japan, They’re Farming With 99% Less Water

Published on November 7th, 2014 | by

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This hydroponic farm in Japan cuts water usage by 99%! The farm occupies an abandoned Sony chip manufacturing facility in Miyagi prefecture, near where the earthquake and tsunami struck the country in 2011. It is the brainchild of Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist who was inspired by a vegetable factory he saw at the Expo ’85 World’s […] read more

When it Comes to Water, Don’t Waste What You Don’t Have

Published on November 5th, 2014 | by

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I’m still thinking about my 4 Liters Challenge from a few weeks ago – it’s amazing how much we take a resource like water for granted! While a number of things I learned stand out, I constantly come back to turning on the water without even thinking about it – I had to catch myself […] read more

Did You Know: More Oysters Means Better Water?

Published on October 28th, 2014 | by

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Oysters are filter-feeders. That means they suck in the water around them, filtering out the plankton and bits of dead animals and waste that they eat, then spit the water back out, free of that waste. The process feeds the oysters, produces food for humans, and cleans the water around them. Exactly how much these […] read more

Clean Drinking Water, From the Air

Published on October 27th, 2014 | by

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Originally published by Insteading. With much of California experiencing record levels of “exceptional” drought- and with what little water there is available being tainted by the fracking industry– water security has recently gone from a “prepper” topic to a mainstream concern for many people inside and outside the troubled state. For the guys behind Molecular […] read more

EPA: Watersense Shower Heads Save 2900 Gallons Per Year

Published on October 21st, 2014 | by

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Back in 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created “WaterSense” as a label for high-efficiency plumbing products that not only use less water, but work as well as “conventional” fixtures like faucets, toilets, and shower heads. That means that shower heads labeled with “WaterSense” have been tested for both spray force and water coverage and […] read more

Sustainablog Takes the 4 Liter Challenge (w/ Video)

Published on October 20th, 2014 | by

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Hi, gang! It’s been a while since our last post, and since then this “4 liter challenge” thing has surged in popularity and then kinda died down. A few weeks ago, however, our good friend Jeff McIntire-Strasburg took on the challenge and documented his day in words and YouTube videos which he was kind enough […] read more

World’s Strongest Waterproof Glue

Published on September 26th, 2014 | by

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Anyone who has ever had to clean the underside of a boat knows that there are some sea creatures that are nearly impossible to remove. Now scientists have put that stick-to-itiveness to work by using mussels to create the world’s strongest waterproof glue. Mussels produce proteins in their feet that allow them to “glue” themselves […] read more

Top Water Woes and Cures: Water Pollutants to Look Out For and Avoid

Published on July 1st, 2014 | by

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If you are drinking your water from the tap, most of the water is safe to consume. A few water pollutants, however, can pose a risk to your health even if they are under the government’s legal limit. These chemical additives are especially dangerous to people with cancer and AIDS, small children and pregnant women. […] read more

Efficient Wind Power Designs Advance Clean Tech Cause

Published on June 17th, 2014 | by

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So far, the story of the US renewable energy transformation has skipped a key chapter, which is the exploitation of our massive offshore wind power potential. In the offshore wind category, the US has been lagging far behind other nations. However, the spotlight is starting to swing out to embrace this wind power option, and […] read more

West Virginia Water Woes – How You Can Help

Published on February 3rd, 2014 | by

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The West Virginia water woes continue, with more chemicals being discovered in the already contaminated Elk River.  At least ten thousand gallons of MCHM leaked into the river upstream of Charleston’s drinking supply.  No one knows the safe limit for MCHM, since the EPA grandfathered the chemical in when the Clean Water Act was created. […] read more