Climate change threatens every part of the U.S. in one-way or another, but in South Florida, it’s not just a threat: it’s a looming catastrophe. Much of the area lies just a few feet above sea level, and thanks to warming temperatures and melting polar ice, the sea is on the rise. A few decades from now, significant parts of the region could literally be underwater. Not only that: while hurricanes could be fewer as time goes on, the ones that do sweep in are likely to be more powerful, with higher winds and more devastating storm surges that will drive the high water much deeper inland.
But that’s not what keeps people like Earl King up at night.
King is the Deputy Director of Public Works, Utilities and Engineering in Hallandale Beach, just south of Ft. Lauderdale. Among other things, he’s in charge of making sure his town has access to fresh drinking water. But the sea is pushing in from underground to contaminate the community’s wells — and as sea level rises, the problem is only going to get worse. Read more
A tribute to water. Designed in Montreal, Aquaovo’s Ovopur uses age-old principals to clean and restore tap water to crystal clear quality in the greenest possible way…
Read here about how Ovopur’s shape helps it put gravity and circulation to use, imitating nature’s filtration of water. Everything about the system is aesthetically pleasing: from the egg-shaped ceramic reservoir to the reuseable glass filter. This water filter could definitely find a place in our homes, as it’s much greener than bottled water or other filtration systems, it’s cost-effective over time ($0.07 per liter), and it is just plain beautiful. Read more
In recent days, talk show hosts who really should know better have been touting a peculiar invention known as the water kit. An engineer has claimed to have found a way to use water as a fuel that can run cars.
Japan had already invented water generators in 2008 and we’re claiming to have invented them in 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS
He claims to have done this by splitting the oxygen and hydrogen molecules in water, a feat which, if real, would represent one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of science. However, we must not forget that water is not a fuel and the fact that the matter is being debated and hyped up without proper scientific investigation, displays our profound scientific illiteracy and the media’s irresponsible response to this claim. Read more
Works of industrial designer Tokujin Yoshioka are quintessentially modern and sculpturistic in nature and the the “Waterfall” Table is no different.
Having the distinction of being the world’s largest optical glass table, “Waterfall” once again solidifies Yoshioka position as one the most critically acclaimed Asian designers. Commissioned by a private gallery in Tokyo, “Waterfall” measures a whopping 4.5 meters and will be seen at the ‘Spectrum’ exhibition at Beyondmuseum in Seoul, Korea. Read more
It’s not the newest hair-loss solution for men. But it is cool photography.
In a recent series of photos called Water Wigs, L.A. photographer Tim Tadder captures photos of bald men getting pounded with water balloons on the head. The water flowing around their shiny jugs looks like their missing hair might if they were driving with their heads out the window.
“I got tired of repeating the same thing all the time,” says Tadder, a successful commercial photographer who has become known for his edgy ads for companies such a Gatorade and Adidas. “I wanted to find a visual concept that I’d never seen before.” Read more