Suriname in South America, is almost bankrupt. President Bouterse has to cut on salaries and other government spendings.
What could help the Suriname economy? Water. Suriname can earn billions on clean water. Read More
This is a great low cost, green and rapid solution for a new river barrier.
The UK suffered from floods in 2014. Neptune has an answer to it.
This barrier does not have to be knocked down and rebuilt. Its height can easily be increased on site responding to any unexpected increase in sea levels whenever they might occur. Read More
Climate change must take into Northern parts of the world with wetter winters and drier summers. That means less fresh water in the period when farmers there are most in need.
Underground water buffers will help the farmers. Since the summer 2015, a new underground water storage technique has been tested successfully. Read More
Since last weekend, the Virgin Islands, an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea, runs a sustainable desalination plant on solar power, designed by ‘Elemental Water Makers’.
Concentrated solar power (CSP) systems generate solar power by using mirrors or lenses to concentrate a large area of sunlight, or solar thermal energy, onto a small area.
Electricity is generated when the concentrated light is converted to heat, which drives a heat engine (usually a steam turbine) connected to an electrical power generator or powers a thermochemical reaction. Read More
Clean drinking water is a growing problem in the war-torn Yemen.
Due to the ongoing bombardments and fighting, again millions of people have been cut from the basic needs of fresh water.
Oxfam warns: “They are forced to drink unsafe water, causing the outbreak of various diseases.”
Less water is always the best option.
And the costs of sea water desalination are going down.
Thermal desalination has been overtaken by reverse osmosis and that led to some major changes:
In addition, changes in weather patterns in the Caribbean due to climate change are exacerbating existing water challenges.
Since 2007, 68 new desalination plants have been built across the Caribbean, which now boasts an installed capacity of 782,000 cubic metres of purified water per day, according to the Caribbean Desalination Association.
The third generation rotating biological contactor (RBC) technology has arrived in the UK.
Wastewater treatment specialist WPL has brought a highly efficient rotating biological contractor to the UK municipal market.
Desalination of Pacific Ocean water may prove to be a cheaper solution for California. California is running out of water. Since 2010 progressive drought is rendering the Central Valley, into a desert.
The San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers are drying up as is the aquifer beneath them. The Colorado River basin no longer meets the freshwater demands of both landowners and city dwellers in the U.S. Southwest. Read More
Want to know which cities suffer from water stress? The Nature Conservancy has published a list of the top 20 of cities with water stress.
Over 500 cities around the world were investigated. In (big) cities like Tokyo, Shanghai and LA, a large number of people in a relatively small area puts a lot of pressure on water supplies, especially during times of drought. Read More
China is running out of water. People in cities like Shanghai already search for water by drilling for groundwater themselves.
Throughout the city you see water hoses hanging at private houses providing groundwater because the supply of water from the tap is already for months heavily rationed by the government.
Already, water is scarce for two-thirds of China’s 660 cities and as China’s economy expands, so will its demand for water. Read More
The Guarani Aquifer, located beneath the surface of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, is one of the world’s largest aquifer systems. Of course this enormous reservoir is an important source of fresh water for the regio. The countries over the aquifer are also the original four ‘Mercosur countries’. Since 2010 they work together in managing the Guarani Aquifer System.
The Guarani Aquifer is named after the Guarani people, it covers 460,000 square miles.
It may not be the heat or rising sea levels, or even frequent severe weather events that create the greatest challenge to humanity and other life on the planet. Instead it could be the absence of freshwater.
A quarter of the planet will experience severe water shortages one month per year by 2030.
Here at BetterWorldSolutions Headquarters we had a fight. Not physical, but a firm discussion it was. The discussion was about fresh water, the first basic need of virtual all living beings on Earth.
Eventually we met in the middle. Although it is not a really realistic middle (yet), it is a worldwide compromise to strive for, we reckon.