DailyDirt: Fresh Water On Demand

from the urls-we-dig-up dept

The Earth is literally covered in water, but 97% of that water is in salty oceans and not useful for drinking. In fact, only about 1% of the world's water is really usable by humans (because a lot of fresh water is frozen in glaciers or otherwise inconveniently located). Here are just a few links on the lengths people could go to in order to get drinkable water. By the way, StumbleUpon can also recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Pixelation, Mar 9th, 2012 @ 7:06pm

    "The United Nations held a design competition to create ads that help raise awareness of water conservation efforts."

    This will be especially important if Fracking is allowed to continue.

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    Pixelation, Mar 9th, 2012 @ 7:08pm

    "A team of software engineers created a simulation that concludes it's possible to tow an iceberg from the waters around Newfoundland to the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. The expense of actually doing this, however, has not been shown to be worthwhile by anyone yet."

    The biggest problem being that the iceberg is the size of a peanut by the time it gets to the Canary islands.

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 10th, 2012 @ 9:11am


    Why does that iceberg towing plan sound so familiar?

    I'm sure I've heard it somewhere before...

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    Max, Mar 10th, 2012 @ 7:00pm


    Pipe the Mississippi river across the great plains to the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Tap it in the plains for towns, cities and forestation of the plains.

    Pipe the North Pole melting ice to the desert southwest arrid region. This water is among the healthiest on earth as it contains trace minerals for improved health. Terrestrial trace elements have by way of the hydrologic cycle been moved back to the sea.

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Mar 11th, 2012 @ 2:48pm

    “Aged For Millions Of Years” Nonsense

    How old is the water that comes from your tap?

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    Michael Ho (profile), Mar 12th, 2012 @ 12:16pm

    Re: “Aged For Millions Of Years” Nonsense

    It's a stupid gimmick, but you almost have to respect that the guy would actually use a real glacier -- instead of just freezing tap water and just telling people it came from a glacier.

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