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Coverage of desalination since April 28, 2022.

Oil spill, fertilizer leak from sinking of cargo ship highlight risks to Red Sea from Houthi attacks

"...MIAMI (AP) A vibrant fishing industry, some of the worlds largest coral reefs, desalination plants supplying millions with drinking water. They're all at risk from large amounts of fertilizer and oil spilled into the Red Sea by the sinking of a cargo ship attacked by Yemens Houthi rebels..."

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Dont let wastewater opportunities flow down the drain

"...In its new report, Wastewater: Turning problem to solution, UNEP warned that only 11 per cent of treated wastewater is reused while around half of the worlds untreated wastewater still enters rivers, lakes and seas. Furthermore, CO2 emissions from wastewater are substantial, hovering slightly below those from the global aviation industry. With the right policies in place, wastewater could provide alternative energy to half a billion people, supply over 10 times the water obtained through desalination processes and reduce the demand for synthetic fertilizers..."

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Can We Desalinate Water without All the Mess? Hakai Magazine

"...Andrea Achilli, a chemical and environmental engineer at the University of Arizona who is not affiliated with Oneka, calls devices like this direct desalination systems. Direct desalination can also be accomplished with solar energy, which can be turned into heat and used for thermal desalination. In simple terms, thermal desalination boils fresh water, collecting the vapor and leaving the salt behind..."

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The CHFCA is delighted to announce Sipihko Energy as a Start-up member.

"...“Sipihko Energy is a pioneering hydrogen production company with roots in Indigenous ownership,” said the CEO of Sipihko Energy, Kevin Heck. “Based in Calgary, Alberta, the company's vision is centered on the commercialization of clean hydrogen production through a novel desalination technique, employing the most advanced technologies in the industry. Sipihko Energy takes a cooperative approach, working closely with Indigenous partners in Canada to forge a path to mutually beneficial success and positive environmental impact..."

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Cities Are Rapidly Reclaiming Land at Risk of Extreme Sea Level Rise Hakai Magazine

"...Even on shorter timescales, the expense of creating and maintaining reclaimed land already appears to be catching up with developers. Reclaimed land is costly to build and maintain. Sand, for example, the prime ingredient of new land, is tough to come by..."

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The CHFCA announces SAIT as new Academic Member

"...CERCUTS is home to award-winning applied research and innovation in energy, environment and electricity. Led by Dr. Vita Martez and a team of research scientists, engineers and technologists, key areas of applied research and innovation include: hydrogen from production to applications using fuel cells and hybrid electrolyzers, critical minerals, energy storage batteries, electrification via hybrid micro-grids, waste-water desalination and treatment technologies, CO2 capture and low carbon solutions..."

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Three years in, Californias drought continues with no relief in sight

"...Spiking temperatures exacerbate and intensify drought conditions, baking moisture out of landscapes at the same time that plants, animals and people require more moisture to adapt to hot conditions. Meanwhile, the weather phenomenon La Niña, a pattern characterized by surface ocean temperatures that can cause heat increases and rainfall shortages, is also expected to occur for a third straight year, increasing the potential for less precipitation. Another dry year would mean little to no water deliveries from state supplies to southern California cities beyond what’s needed for drinking and bathing..."

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Former Fernie resident hooks up Caribbean Island with fresh water

"...Harder has been living in Calgary for the last several years working in business development with the water and wastewater treatment company, Waterworks Technologies..."

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Water and Sabotage in Paradise: Greeces Hidden Climate Conflict

"...But as captivating as discovering the identity of the saboteurs might be, theyre only part of the sorry saga. Because while much of this water shortage is rooted in the mass tourism that has transformed these once lightly populated islands into something very different, this is also an illustration of some of the shenanigans that climate change can fuel. Total rainfall is falling and, perhaps more importantly, increasingly coming within more condensed time periods across the eastern Mediterranean..."

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2023 Living Vehicle off-grid trailer now makes water out of thin air

"...With more available battery power than some electric vehicles, up to 3,400 watts of deployable solar charging and a list of appliances that reads like a luxury vacation home, the Living Vehicle is already one of the most capable off-grid trailers money can buy. For model year 2023, it's loading up on even more self-sufficiency, adding an optional water generator that makes clean drinking water from ambient humidity, even in the desert. Now that it's able to develop both electric power and clean water, the Living Vehicle is ready to ramble even farther from civilization..."

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Teflon-like desalination membrane purifies water fast and friction-free

"...Engineers at the University of Tokyo have developed a new type of desalination membrane that they claim is faster, and requires less pressure and energy than existing tech. The new membrane is made up of a series of nanoscale tubes lined with a Teflon-inspired material that repels salts while allowing water to flow through with little friction. Many regions around the world face a scarcity of clean drinking water, and the problem is only going to worsen with a changing climate..."

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The tech that could eradicate fossil fuels forever | Hard Reset Podcast #3

"...The scalability of Heliogens tech offers opportunities for powering industrial processes, such as desalination plants and vertical farming, which require substantial energy inputs..."

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How Nature Can Protect Cities from Floods & Droughts

"...By carefully managing rain and wastewater, it aims to fight water pollution, scarcity, and flooding..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about desalination relevant to the latest news.

Polypyrrole-doped cellulose hydrogel evaporator for steam generation and wastewater cleaning

"...Solar-driven steam generation is considered an energy-saving and environmentally friendly thermal distillation method to solve freshwater shortage through desalination and wastewater treatment..."

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Monitoring temporal changes in coastal mangroves to understand the impacts of climate change: Red Sea, Egypt

"...Change detection analyses using satellite imagery were conducted to evaluate the effects of rapid coastal sustainable development, including human urban and tourism activities; the decline and destruction of large areas of the mangrove forest for animal feeding along camel trade roads; and the threat of natural impacts such as flash flooding, coastal and soil erosion or human impacts such as established desalination plants and other human activities along the coastal zone of the Egyptian Red Sea..."

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Inland Surface Waters Quantity Monitored from Remote Sensing

"...Most of the world's water demand relies on continental surface waters (rivers, lakes, wetlands and artificial reservoirs) while less on underground aquifers and seawater desalination..."

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Compendium of technologies for the treatment of reverse osmosis concentrate from inland desalination plants

"...Desalination of groundwater and brackish water reverse osmosis is becoming more common worldwide as a means of supplementing and diversifying fresh water supply..."

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Desalination plant feasibility and site selection on the southern Caspian Sea coasts using SAW and TOPSIS multi-criteria analys

"...In this study, the construction of desalination plant units was prioritized and ordered based on multi-criteria decision-making methods using capacity and environmental strength, considering coastal and marine environmental, technical, and operational criteria such as water quality, distance from the estuary, land use restrictions, and socio-economic criteria including water consumption and population..."

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Water desalination using PV panels based on boiling and evaporation

"...A domestic desalination unit based on solar energy was designed, built, and tested to solve this problem in remote areas that do not have access to fresh water or electricity but have access to salty water..."

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Environmental and economic analysis for desalinating seawater of high salinity using reverse osmosis: a life cycle assessment a

"...Two SWRO desalination plants (DPs) in Kuwait have reduced their operations and consume additional energy and chemicals compared to the average SWRO DPs..."

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Enhancing microalgal cultures in desalinized wastewater from semiarid regions: An assessment of growth dynamics and biomass acc

"...This study demonstrates a circular bioeconomy model that can be applied to semiarid regions to provide water and food security for the local population..."

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Hollow fiber membranes of polysulfone/attapulgite for oil removal in wastewater

"...Wastewater treatment and saltwater desalination are ways to confront water scarcity in the world..."

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Benchmarking of VIV numerical analysis with prototype response for fatigue assessment of inverse catenary coldwater pipelines

"...The pipeline endured in-line oscillations due to shear current in one of the desalination plants, and this gave an opportunity to observe the response parameters of the prototype pipeline..."

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