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New polymer made of sugar molecules purify water ‘in seconds,’ study says

04-01-2016

US scientists have developed a new polymer that has a unique capacity to remove pollutant substances from water “in seconds.” The discovery could revolutionize the water-purification industry, make the process cheaper, and involve minimum energy.A team of researchers from Cornell University made the breakthrough. The full research has …

Bengaluru may have to be evacuated in a decade if water crisis persists

30-12-2015

When a residential complex near Bellandur Junction recently drilled a borewell, they found water at a depth of 1,050 ft. "This is the sixth borewell we got drilled in 10 years. And we are not sure how long water would last in this one," said Ajith Kaverappa, a resident of the complex that has 60 apartments. Most of the apartment complexes that …

Pressure-Retarded Osmosis as Sustainable Energy Production System Is Crippled by Biofouling, According to New Study by Researchers at the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research and Yale University

29-12-2015

Researchers at the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Yale University have determined that pressure-retarded osmosis technology is not feasible primarily due to biofouling (the accumulation of organic material as well as different organisms such as algae and bacteria on various surfaces that …

Olympics: Singapore sailors wary of Rio’s troubled waters

29-12-2015

TODAY reports: Singapore's eight Olympic-bound sailors are taking precautions, after disease-causing viruses linked to human sewage was found in Rio's Guanabara Bay. Seven different vaccination jabs - that is just one of several precautionary measures the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) has lined up for the Republic’s eight Olympic-bound …

The Biggest Little Water Reservoir in the West Bank

29-12-2015

It was a day for water in all its incarnations. The steel gray skies darkened and finally burst into one of the rare rainstorms of the season as the Palestinian Water Authority and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) inaugurated the Deir Sha’ar pipeline and the Halhoul reservoir, which are expected to change the tenor …

The innovators: US scientists harness the power of evaporating water

29-12-2015

A team at Columbia University hope to use the energy produced by bacteria when they expand and contract A small Lego device on the shelf of professor Ozgur Sahin’s office at Columbia University could open up the possibility of another form of renewable energy, and one that is much cheaper than solar and wind. Sahin has used the simple …

Editor’s pickTurning surface water in Thailand into clean drinking water

22-12-2015

A new sustainable water treatment system from Grundfos is designed to turn river water and surface water into drinking water for the residents in 15 Thai villages. The project is funded by the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency of Thailand, which focuses on implementing efficient and sustainable solutions in remote …

The HydroGaïa International Water Trade Fair continues to thrive

22-12-2015

25 and 26 May 2016 – Parc des Expositions, Montpellier, France Hosted by Montpellier Events with the support of the Languedoc-Roussilon region, Pôle EAU, the SWELIA business network, and Sud de France Développement, the 6th edition of the HydroGaïa International Water Trade Fair will be held in Montpellier, France, at the …

Okayama University research: New technique for removal of strontium from waste water

22-12-2015

Large amounts of radioactive nuclides were released into the environment when the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was damaged by the earthquake on March 11, 2011 [1, 2]. Among these, the more long-lived radioactive nuclides, such as 134Cs, 137Cs and 90Sr - which have half-lives of 2.06, 30.17 and 28.79 years respectively - are of great …