Under the Sea-Water Greenhouses

Saltwater is converted into freshwater in these greenhouses that provide a mermaid-approved alternative to desalination. The plants grow faster and yield more, and the areas surrounding the greenhouses benefit from the extra moisture in the air. Currently found in such areas as Tenerife, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Oman, and Australia, the greenhouses use an evaporator and “prevailing winds” to distribute humid, freshwater air to plants for absorption.

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An Urban Jungle Yields Fruit in Haiti

In many developing countries, agricultural production is a major source of both employment and sustenance. In a country with poor infrastructure such as Haiti, it is often difficult for urban populations to gain access to the fresh food produced outside of the city. One organization has decided to turn the issue on its head: why not grow the food right in the city instead of transporting it?

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Working for Peanuts – Agricultural innovations for small-scale farmers

In many underdeveloped nations, the primary form of income generation is agriculture. Often a lack of resources means that the physical labour required is highly intensive and sometimes inefficient. Large mechanical tools are expensive and may not be practical or available – but they’re not the only options. The Full Belly Project offers simple agriculture inventions as a solution.

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Raising the Bar in Water Purification with Nanotechnology

The World Bank reports that over 88% of worldwide illness is related to contaminated water. An Oregon-based company has successfully produced a highly effective personal water purification system that could be of massive benefit to humanitarian relief efforts. The Solar Bag, developed by Puralytics, boasts the ability to not only filter, but truly purify water of up to 99.999% of …

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Young Entrepreneur Develops Waterless Bath Product

Globally, over 2.5 billion people lack consistent access to clean water. Of those with intermittent access, their supplies are routinely interrupted by drought, weak economies, broken piping, and conflict, among other issues. When water is such a precious resource, how to make use of it can be a life or death decision. Most prioritize nutrition – either for direct consumption …

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Reinventing the Wheel: India’s New Water Collection Device

  In the state of Rajasthan in northwestern India, women spend an average of six hours per day collecting water. This statistic is mirrored in countries throughout the Global South where women and girls disproportionately bear the time and physical constraints of water collection. In response, U.S. social venture Wello has developed a device known as the WaterWheel. The WaterWheel …

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More Crop per Drop: India’s Micro-Nutrient Solution

Rain-fed agriculture accounts for over 80% of the world’s farm area and generates about 60% of the world’s staple food supply. It also supports the livelihoods of about 80% of the world’s population. Related to this, 95% of the world’s poor live in the Global South and the bulk of those people rely on subsistence agriculture for survival. Climate change …

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Another Feel-Good App Wastes an Opportunity

  The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), works to improve the lives of children living in poverty by providing health care, clean water and sanitation, and emergency relief. New this year to UNICEF is the Tap Project, an initiative that seeks to provide children world-wide with safe drinking water through an app that purports to save lives if the …

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