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Clean Lakes Alliance provides Madison with year-round lake fun

On a chilly February day in Madison, Wisconsin, more than 8,000 people venture onto frozen Lake Mendota. Kids toast marshmallows and warm their hands over fires; people try curling, they skate, they slide, they fall on their butts — they have a great time. Kites brighten up the frozen landscape. Skydivers jump from planes and land on the lake’s glossy surface. This is the annual Frozen Assets Festival, a citywide party and a fundraiser for Clean Lakes Alliance. “The neat thing about Madison is ...
Tags: Design, Interviews, Environment, America, Conservation, Wisconsin, Madison, Water Quality, Lake, Water Issues, University Of Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison Wisconsin, Tye, Lincoln Nebraska, Mendota


cigu creates a hotel room of the future that emphasizes water recycling

For the Hôtel Métropole exhibition at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Parisian design collective ciguë recently showcased “Une chambre pour demain” (A Room for Tomorrow), an experimental redesign of a hotel room that champions water recycling. Created as a reaction against the amount of unseen excess and waste in the hospitality business, the pavilion takes the shape of a minimalist hotel room that uses a series of rainwater harvesting systems estimated to offer 70% water savings as compared to a sta...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Paris, Hotel, Water Issues, Water Tank, Rainwater Harvesting, Composting Toilet, Water Recycling, Ciguë, Phytopurification, Graywater, Le Sommer, A Room For Tomorrow, Le Sommer Environment, Une chambre pour demain


Washington moves to ban "detrimental" bottled water operations

Washington state, known for mountains, glaciers and rainforests, has an abundance of fresh water. To protect those natural resources, the state senate has passed a bill that will ban any new water bottling permits. Bill SB 6278, “An act relating to water withdrawals for commercial bottled water production; and amending RCW 90.03.290” was approved by the senate on February 17 and is currently progressing through the house. The bill will take effect retroactively to any applications as of January ...
Tags: Design, News, Montana, Washington, Oregon, Environment, United States, Maine, Michigan, Bill, Natural Resources, Water Issues, Washington State Legislature, Bottled Water


Craft beer waste saves Montana town $1M for wastewater treatment

A Montana town has found a money-saving solution to its sewage and wastewater treatment expenses, thanks to a nearby craft brewery. The innovation caught the eye of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which provided the town and its water reclamation facility an Honorable Mention accolade in one of the federal agency’s annual awards. Havre, Montana has a population of 10,000. Its 40-year-old water reclamation facility, as the EPA has described, “needed upgrades to help meet their final am...
Tags: Design, News, Montana, Environment, US, Beer, Epa, Npr, Water Quality, Water Issues, Ewg, Havre, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, Revis, Wastewater Treatment, Water Treatment


Sustainable agriculture cleans up rivers in Cuba

New scientific findings reveal that Cuba’s rivers are in better health than the Mississippi River. The research was a joint effort between Cuba and the United States, marking the two countries’ first collaboration in more than 60 years. The work was part of a study on Cuba’s hydrology, focusing on the water quality of the island’s rivers. Despite centuries of cattle and sugarcane farming, research results reveal there hasn’t been much damage to Cuba’s rivers thanks to the country’s other sustain...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, United States, Conservation, Agriculture, Cuba, Rivers, Gulf of Mexico, Sustainable Agriculture, Caribbean, Water Quality, Water Issues, Mississippi River, University Of Vermont, Hernandez


Modular Aquatecture panels can harvest rainwater from the sides of buildings

In response to the severe water shortage that recently gripped Cape Town, South African-born designer Shaakira Jassat of Studio Sway has developed Aquatecture, a building facade panel designed to harvest rainwater runoff as well as moisture from the atmosphere. Developed with modern, urban settings in mind, the modular panels feature a compact profile and stainless steel construction with attractive perforations made for optimal rainwater collection. Jassat’s focus on innovative, water-conservi...
Tags: Design, Drought, Architecture, South Africa, Netherlands, Cape Town, Water Conservation, Week, Water Issues, Eindhoven, Rainwater Harvesting, Modular Design, Dutch Design, Stainless Steel, Tredje Natur, Stormwater Management


High-tech wetsuit protects divers and surfers from toxic elements in the oceans

With ocean waters being polluted at an astonishing rate, swimmers, divers and surfers are putting their lives at risk simply by entering the water. Vissla and Surfrider have collaborated on a slightly depressing solution aimed to keep water-lovers safe. The Rising Seas Wetsuit is a high-tech body suit that uses nanotechnology to block the absorption of any harmful pollutants in the water. Additionally, Nitrile pads on the stomach, elbows and knees help surfers maintain their grip on the board, e...
Tags: Design, Climate Change, Yves Behar, Sea Level Rise, LED lighting, Green Design, Ocean Pollution, Water Issues, Rising Sea Levels, Vissla, Rising Seas Wetsuit


The Ocean Cleanup reveals the Interceptor to remove plastic pollution from rivers

After recently announcing its first success at collecting plastic waste from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, The Ocean Cleanup team is widening efforts by addressing the main entry point of litter — rivers. To tackle the 1,000 rivers responsible for about 80 percent of global ocean plastic pollution, the nonprofit has deployed a new invention, the Interceptor. The Interceptor catches and collects plastic junk, preventing its flow from rivers into oceans. “To truly rid the oceans of plastic, wha...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, River, Interceptor, Plastic Waste, Waste Disposal, Water Issues, Boyan Slat, Ocean Cleanup, Plastic Pollution, Indonesia Malaysia, The Ocean Cleanup, United States Los Angeles, Slat, Plastic Cleanup


NRPA and Coca-Cola partner to install trash traps to clean Atlanta waterways

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), which is the leading nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recently partnered up with beverage giant Coca-Cola to install trash trap systems in southwest Atlanta. The initiative seeks to keep pollution out of estuaries the Proctor Creek feeds into, such as the Chattahoochee River, and ultimately the ocean. As a 9-mile tributary of the Chattahoochee River, Proctor Creek experiences both stormwater runoff and flooding. The wate...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Atlanta, Waste Management, Coca Cola, Water Quality, Waste Disposal, Water Issues, PepsiCo Inc, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, Litter Cleanup, Chattahoochee River, National Recreation and Park Association NRPA, NRPA, Atlanta Public Schools


Canada unveils its first chemical-free public outdoor pool and it's gorgeous

Toronto-based architects, gh3* have just unveiled a stunning chemical-free natural pool in the city of Edmonton, Alberta. The Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool, which replaced an existing pool that dated back to the 1950s, was incorporated with several innovative natural filtration processes that uses a combination of stone, gravel, sand and botanic filtering to keep the waters clean and pristine. The project was a massive undertaking from the start. The old pool and infrastructure had to be co...
Tags: Design, Toronto, Architecture, Canada, Gallery, Urban Design, Innovation, Urban Planning, Green Building, Edmonton, Sustainable Design, Gh3, Water Issues, Edmonton Alberta, Post-format-gallery, Water Filtration Systems


EPA repeals water protections, choosing industry over wetlands

On Thursday, the Trump administration repealed the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, an Obama-era policy designed to protect waterways. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the EPA plans to reinstate 1980s water rules. The EPA and U.S. Army will decide this winter which waterways to regulate. “Today’s Step 1 action fulfills a key promise of President Trump and sets the stage for Step 2 — a new WOTUS definition that will provide greater regulatory certainty fo...
Tags: Design, News, Obama, California, Environment, Policy, North Dakota, Wheeler, Epa, District Of Columbia, Environmental Protection Agency, Trump, Environmental Working Group, Water Issues, Earthjustice, Reuters


Second Nature transforms abandoned fishing nets into 3D-printed seashells and bowls

Did you know that ghost nets are considered among the deadliest ocean debris in the world? The term refers not to haunting specters in the water, but discarded synthetic fishing nets that pollute the seabed and trap fish, mammals and other sea creatures. To raise awareness about these abandoned fishing nets and marine plastic pollution, Rotterdam-based research and design studio The New Raw has launched a new initiative called Second Nature that’s transforming the deadly ghost nets into 3D-prin...
Tags: Design, 3d Printing, Circular Economy, Mediterranean, Recycled Materials, Plastic Waste, Ocean Pollution, Waste Disposal, Water Issues, Rotterdam, Seashells, Fishing Net, Galaxidi, Second Nature, Daphne Matziaraki, Marine Plastic Pollution


Carnival Corporation is polluting oceans while on probation

The popular cruise liner Carnival was charged in 2016 for excess ocean pollution, yet the company is still breaking U.S. laws. New court findings show that Carnival’s fleet of cruise ships have dumped more than half of a million gallons of oil, sewage and food waste into the ocean from April 2017 to April 2018. Carnival is currently on probation for violating ocean pollution standards and is being monitored for any further violations. Between the springs of 2017 and 2018, the company had rela...
Tags: Design, News, Food Waste, Sewage, Carnival Corporation, Carnival, Ocean Pollution, Water Issues, Donald, Miami Herald, Carnival Cruise Lines, Chris Donald, Carnival Cruise Ships


Ocean plastic waste has been a problem since the 1950s, reveals 60-year plankton study

A 60-year study on plankton has revealed the dark truth about the history of ocean plastic waste. The study shows how plastics have been polluting our oceans since at least the 1950s and how the problem has steadily gotten worse in the six decades since. The first documented case of ocean plastic waste was fishing twine discovered in the 1950s. The next mention is a carrier bag in 1965. From there, the data shows that plastic waste significantly increased between 1970 and the early 2000s, with ...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Plastic, North Sea, Plastic Waste, Ocean Waste, Water Issues, Northwest Passage, Plankton, Ocean Plastic Waste, Nature Communications Researchers, Clare Ostle, Ostle


Water pollution is rampant in streams across Europe

Europe is facing a large-scale water pollution crisis. A new study from Greenpeace revealed that pesticides and antibiotics are contaminating European waterways at an alarming rate, endangering the lives of wildlife and making microorganisms more resistant to drugs. The study, which was conducted out of a lab in the University of Exeter, found 100 pesticides and 21 drug variations in 29 different water sources spread throughout Europe. A total of 10 European nations, including the U.K., were fe...
Tags: Europe, Design, News, California, Environment, Water, Pesticides, Greenpeace, Syngenta, Water Pollution, Bayer, Water Issues, University of Exeter, Water Contamination, Paul Johnston, Lake Erie Bill of Rights


Cora Ball emulates natural filtering of coral to remove toxic microfibers from your washing machine

Microfiber is a word that many of us have grown familiar with, as it is listed on many clothing descriptors. Only recently connected with the term microfiber is the knowledge that the miniscule particles wash off of our clothing and into our waterways with each load of laundry. Seeing the problem, Cora Ball offers a solution that traps those errant microfibers before they escape down the water drain. As common as the phrase is, many people don’t know that microfiber is actually a tiny synthetic...
Tags: Design, London, Washington, New York City, Environment, US, Sustainability, Sea, Pollution, Gallery, Wildlife, Ocean, Innovation, Microfibers, Coral, Waste


Water pollution inspires the Lake Erie Bill of Rights to improve water quality

Residents of Toledo are fighting back against water pollution in Lake Erie. Residents in the Ohio town voted on a Lake Erie Bill of Rights to help protect the lake from human waste, a move that has been criticized by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). The piece of legislation, dubbed LEBOR, basically gives the lake the same rights as humans. If the measure stands up in court, residents will be able to sue individuals and businesses on behalf of the lake. Citizens in Toledo hope this will c...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, United States, Pollution, Noaa, Ohio, Lake Erie, Water Pollution, Water Quality, Citizens, Toledo, Water Issues, Lucas County, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Joe Cornely


7 ways to conserve water and reduce your water footprint

When it comes to conserving water, making small changes can have a huge impact. But many of us don’t really think about water shortages unless we are in the middle of a heatwave, when temperatures are consistently at 85 degrees or more. Extreme heat or not, the water system is overstretched, and with climate change, we can expect to put even more pressure on the depleting water supply. Here are some ways to do your part in conserving water. According to Friends of the Earth, 97.5 percent of the...
Tags: Design, Water, Features, Conservation, Water Conservation, Water Issues, Water Footprint, Sasin Tipchai, Save Water, Ways To Conserve Water, Jerzy Gorecki Pierre Gilbert Charles Deluvio Steve


Valuable wetlands are disappearing 3 times faster than forests, new study warns

Wetlands around the world are disappearing at an alarming rate. New research shows that these valuable ecosystems are vanishing at a rate three times that of forests. Unless significant changes are made, the disappearance of wetlands could cause severe damage around the globe. The Global Wetland Outlook, which was completed by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, found that more than a third of the wetlands on Earth have disappeared over a 45-year period. The pace that wetlands are vanishing jump...
Tags: Science, Design, News, Animals, Study, India, Environment, Research, Water, Earth, Conservation, Greenland, Forest, Ecosystem, Wetlands, Water Issues


Flood frequency of the Amazon River has increased fivefold

New data suggest that flooding in the Amazon River has dramatically increased by as much as five times in both intensity and frequency in the last 100 years. Scientists analyzed data points from the past century and believe the increase in flooding is linked to global warming. Scientists have measured the river’s water levels for 113 years at the Port of Manaus in Brazil. Over time, they found that large flooding events and extreme droughts have gone up over the past 20 to 30 years. In the earl...
Tags: Amazon, Design, News, Climate Change, Environment, US, Water, Global Warming, Atlantic, Ocean, Brazil, Flooding, El Nino, Floods, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean


Hurricane Florence could cause dangerous floods of toxic sludge and animal waste

Torrential rains are not the only thing Hurricane Florence will bring once it hits landfall. The massive storm is expected to dump record amounts of rain in the southeastern United States — rain that could overflow toxic chemical waste and animal manure sites along the coast, increasing danger to both public health and the environment. One toxic waste site in North Carolina is particularly vulnerable to the incoming storm. Two years ago, the state tasked Duke Energy Corp. with cleaning up coal-...
Tags: Weather, Design, News, Environment, Nasa, Public Health, United States, Hurricane, Rain, Flooding, Waste Management, Waste, North Carolina, Florence, South Carolina, Natural Disasters


Scientists working to help manatees poisoned by Florida red tide

The toxic red tide has been raising states of emergency within Florida counties over the past few months. The harmful algal blooms are causing extensive fish deaths as well as sickness and death in sea turtles, birds and marine mammals, including manatees. Scientists at Florida International University (FIU), in coalition with Mote Marine Laboratory, are racing against the clock to neutralize the poisonings with a new treatment. Red tide accounts for 10 percent of manatee deaths in the last dec...
Tags: Florida, Design, News, Animals, Environment, Poisoning, Algae, Manatees, Water Issues, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Walsh, Wildlife Service, FIU, Florida International University, Florida International University FIU, Mote Marine Laboratory


Recent figures reveal Spain's human population is now outnumbered by pigs

Environmentalists are alarmed by recent data that reveals Spain’s pig population now outnumbers its human one by 3.5 million. This is the first time the number of pigs in Spain has exceeded that of humans, and the discrepancy is adding to concerns about the environmental impact of the pork industry. This impact stems primarily from greenhouse gas emissions, nitrate discharges, and water consumption. The number of pigs in Spain has increased by nine million in the last five years; in 2017 alone,...
Tags: Design, News, Animals, Environment, Livestock, Drought, Spain, Farming, Agriculture, Population, Carbon Emissions, Cambodia, Pigs, Emissions, Greenhouse Gases, Water Issues


UK bag tariff halves plastic bag marine litter, reduces sales of plastic bags by 86%

Following a 5p charge per bag, the sale of plastic bags in the U.K. has fallen by 86 percent, according to reports from the “big seven” supermarkets in the country. Scientists at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) have also found that approximately 50 percent of plastic bag marine litter has been eliminated from the Earth’s waters since the tax was put into effect. Statistics on individual consumption show a decline from 140 bags per person to 19 as a result o...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Design, News, Tax, Earth, Policy, Birds, Plastic bags, Waste Disposal, Water Issues, Sustainability Initiatives, Plastic Pollution, Thames River, Maes


Former businessman bicycles down the Thames River to stop plastic pollution

Dhruv Boruah, a former management consultant turned environmental hero is cleaning up the Thames River in London on a floating bicycle. The endeavor, named The Thames Project, is more about striking up conversations with passersby and raising awareness than it is about removing all of the plastic waste from the canals — an impossible feat for the one man show that is Boruah. The self-constructed rig, made up of a bamboo bicycle with yellow floats on either side, a rudder and a pedal-powered pr...
Tags: UK, Design, London, News, Environment, Cnn, Bicycling, Plastic, Bruges, Water Issues, Plastic Pollution, Rio de Janiero, Thames River, Plastic Recycling, Dhruv Boruah, Environmental Footprint


Australia takes stand on single-use plastic bags

Single-use plastic bags are going out of style in Australia, but shoppers aren’t thrilled by the reduction. Two major retailers, Big W and Coles, have officially ended the use of plastic shopping bags from their stores. The move effectively outlaws their use in nearly every Australian state. After Tasmania and South Australia started by installing a plastic bag ban, national retailers voluntarily began relying on them in stores. On June 20, 2018, Woolworths stopped offering single-use bags, ins...
Tags: Design, Australia, California, Environment, United States, Conservation, Hawaii, Plastic, Un, Npr, Tasmania, Sustainable Food, Seattle, South Australia, Plastic bags, Ocean Plastic


US Forest Service allows Nestl to continue taking water from California national forest

The U.S. Forest Service has offered Nestlé Waters North America a three-year permit on water rights in the San Bernardino National Forest, allowing the company to continue to take millions of gallons of water from the site. Under the proposed agreement, Nestlé would draw from the Strawberry Creek watershed “when there is water available consistent with the forest’s Land Management Plan” for its various bottled water brands, including Arrowhead. If California returns to severe drought conditions...
Tags: Design, News, California, Environment, Water, Drought, Associated Press, Forest Service, Natural Resources, Water Issues, Napa Valley, U S Forest Service, AP Nestle, Oakland Calif, US Forest Service, Nestlé Waters North America


A massive five-ton plastic waste whale breaches in a Bruges canal

Five tons of plastic waste has been pulled from the oceans and transformed into the Bruges Whale, a gigantic sculpture that highlights the staggering amount of trash floating in our oceans. Designed by Jason Klimoski and Lesley Chang of the Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary practice StudioKCA, this massive environmental artwork was created for the 2018 Bruges Triennial with the theme of “Liquid City.” The Bruges Whale, also called the Skyscraper, was positioned to appear in mid-breach in a canal...
Tags: Art, Design, Animals, Brooklyn, Gallery, Hawaii, Kickstarter, Belgium, Skyscraper, Public Art, Bruges, Carousel Showcase, Plastic Waste, Water Issues, Environmental Art, Lesley Chang


Wet wipe pollution is clogging up riverbeds across the UK

The UK’s obsession with wet wipes is completely changing rivers around the country. A London environmental group found a 1,000-fold increase in the number of wet wipes showing up in waterways, with more than 5,000 of them covering the bed of the Thames in just 116 square meters (about 1,250 square feet). “The Thames riverbed is changing. Wet wipes are accumulating on the riverbed and affecting the shape of the riverbed,” said Kirsten Downer of Thames 21, a non-profit working to clean up the riv...
Tags: UK, England, Design, London, News, Thames, Water Pollution, Environmental Destruction, Waste Disposal, Water Issues, Downer, Wet Wipes, Deposit Photos, River Pollution, Thames 21, Thames pollution


Underwater robots just discovered the world's biggest dead zone

Underwater robots exploring off the coast of Oman made a devastating discovery this week: the largest dead zone in the world, covering at least the size of Scotland and possibly more. While scientists already knew that there was a dead zone in the Gulf of Oman, they had no idea just how bad it was–until now. Scientists from the University of East Anglia and Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University launched undersea robots to explore the dead zone, and they published their findings in Geophysical Resear...
Tags: Science, Design, News, Scotland, Robots, Oman, Google Maps, Gulf of Mexico, Environmental Destruction, Water Issues, University of East Anglia, Gulf of Oman, Geophysical Research Letters, Sultan Qaboos University, Underwater Robots, Dead Zone