Can Desalination Save Us from Water Scarcity?
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What do you think of when you think of water scarcity? Do you imagine dry arid lands devoid of agriculture or people struggling to bathe or even find drinking water? All these things are possible with water scarcity and experts estimate that, as a result of global warming, many cities around the world may even run out of usable water by the year 2040.
But how could this be you ask yourselves? After all, 71% of the world is covered in water. There's water nearly everywhere. That may very well be true but only 3% of that water is drinkable. The rest is salty.
This is where desalination may come along to save us all. Desalination has been around for quite a while now but it hasn't really been perfected or made affordable. This is where science, technology, and engineering come into play. Using our best resources, we must try and make desalination common and inexpensive.
But how do you go about doing that? What are today's desalination methods? What are their advantages and disadvantages? What new desalination technologies are slowly but surely evolving? And will we have time to avoid water scarcity? We answer all these questions and more in our video.
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