These 2 breakthroughs may make fresh water available to all

It's a long-standing problem that needs to be resolved.
Loukia Papadopoulos

YouTuber Matt Ferrell uses his videos to introduce us to some of the most pressing environmental issues and technologies in today’s world. You may remember this clip where he discussed whether solar panels are worth it after four years and this video where he explains the breakthrough that lets electric vehicles charge in minutes.

In this video, he discusses the breakthroughs that may make fresh water available to all. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, even though water covers 70 percent of our planet, freshwater makes up only three percent of it.

As a result, some 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to water, and a total of 2.7 billion find water scarce for at least one month of the year. Inadequate sanitation is also a problem for 2.4 billion people, and two million people die each year from diarrheal diseases alone stemming from water scarcity.

You would think that with all the advancements we have made in science, we could find a way to produce more fresh water. In this clip, Ferrell discusses two innovations that may do just that. What exactly are these inventions? How do they function? When might they become commercially viable and available?

The video provides answers to all of these questions and more.