Tag: resources

How to drink from the enormous lakes in the air

Attempts to conjure water ‘from thin air’ might offer relief for drought-ridden regions – and it could even help the rest of us go off-grid.

Putting waste water to good use

Wastewater irrigation is an economical and high-in-nutrients option for even the poorest farmers. But, if untreated, the consequences for our health and the environment can be catastrophic. Discover the techniques that could transform agriculture as we know it, offering perhaps the most sustainable and efficient use of resources available today. It’s not uncommon to see ...

How Western civilization could collapse

Some possible precipitating factors are already in place. How the West reacts to them will determine the world’s future, says Rachel Nuwer. The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle whose wheels are kept spinning by economic growth. Should that forward-propelling motion slow or cease, the pillars that define ...