Fury in the Waterbed

There is so much oceanic activity going on right now that it is hard to decide where to focus.  We have Hurricane Florence about to make landfall, A cyclone headed towards Mexico/Texas, which if it picks up speed could be named Kirk.  We have tropical storms Isaac, Joyce and Helena potentially heading towards us.  That is just in the Atlantic waters.  We also have tropical storm Olivia heading towards Hawaii.  And then we have the Typhoon Mangkhut heading towards China and Philippines.

 

Sad State of Water Affairs

Can we all agree on one thing?  As a collective populace of the world, can we get to a place where all of the world’s citizens get unfettered access to clean water and clean air?  Seeing that those are natural resources, it should not be a difficult task right?  Well think again.  These demonstrations of unrest and the public outcry in South of Iran over water issues are telling of the fact that water sufficiency is a difficult balance to achieve.  Around 40% of the country has been in drought conditions for past few years with December 2017 being the driest months in around 67 years.  The continued politicals struggles and investment in wars has not been helpful either.  My prayers with the families struggling for clean water.

Water-Energy Nexus – The Cool Water

This is a fascinating article on how few engineers from MIT have developed an innovative approach for generating fresh drinking water from the cooling water lost from power plants.  The process considers zapping water with electrically charged particles, ions, and producing water usable for drinking purposes.  The implications of this study for treating seawater and also producing drinking water from not-so-potable sources of water is limitless.

What is amazing is that the approach was developed by a Ph.D. student, Maher Damak, and an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Kripa Varanasi, as part of their startup company called Infinite Cooling and part of Damak’s thesis.  Not too shabby for a Ph.D. dissertation, there.  The research was supported in part by the Tata Center for Technology and Design.

Puerto Rico and the New Normal

One of the deadliest storms to have hit Puerto Rico and Dominica in September 2017, Hurricane Maria still continues to impact puertoricans’ ability to get back to normalcy.  Is it getting back to normal or is it a new normal?  Read on to find out the struggles of the country and its populace as they try to grapple with water issues.

All the resources and support in the world and yet recovery takes a lot of time.  I am hoping that the country gets back to its feet soon enough so when I dream of Puerto Rico, images like the one above come to mind !!

Credit:  Article referred by a friend.