Today’s Solutions: December 03, 2021

Water

Here's another reason to drink water regularly—it staves off heart failure

If you need another reason to adopt healthy hydration habits, look no further—according to research presented at a European Society of Cardiology last week, regular proper hydration helps stave off heart failure. Now, the keyword here is “regular,” which means reaching and maintaining good Read More...

This river revitalization plan prioritizes underprivileged communities in LA

Urban green spaces have historically been more accessible to privileged communities within cities. However, there has been a surge in awareness and activism that calls cities to address the inequity in access to these spaces, as clean air and access to nature is a human right, not only to be Read More...

Microbe-based protein could make livestock feed much more sustainable

As an extremely resource-intensive process, producing livestock feed has a huge environmental impact — putting a strain on our water reserves, using a massive amount of land, and, of course, releasing pollutants into the environment. A new study, however, shows that farming protein from microbes Read More...

World’s first underwater farm is growing fruits and veggies once again

While floating farms are already an indication of how agriculture might look like in the future, underwater farms are just getting started. With that said, their prospects to increase food security across the world look promising. Just recently, the world’s first underwater farm started producing Read More...

There may be a better and more beautiful way to treat wastewater: Willow trees

The unpredictable and extreme weather patterns we are experiencing due to the climate crisis are making it increasingly difficult, especially for big urban areas, to stay on top of storm drainage and wastewater management. Heavy rainfall and flooding overwhelm stormwater management systems, Read More...

Argentina is first country to ban salmon farming over sustainability concerns

Argentina made history this past week as the first country in the world to ban salmon farming due to concerns about sustainability and its impact on natural ecosystems. Salmon farms (and fish farms in general) spread parasites such as sea lice among each other and to wild marine life. To address Read More...

As the weather warms up, here's how to help animals handle a heatwave

Right now, Western North America is experiencing an ongoing heatwave with record-breaking temperatures, and it’s not just humans who are struggling to cope. It’s getting hot in here—but remedying that by removing various items of clothing isn’t an option for local wildlife or for most of Read More...

Scientists use a 3D printer to create a living material made from algae

Being some of the most productive organisms on Earth, it’s no wonder that algae are the subject of intense study in the scientific community. We have previously written many stories about these miracle organisms and their incredible qualities, such as sequestering greenhouse gases and Read More...

Mangroves roots inspire scientists to develop efficient water purifier

While solar stills have been around for some time already, there’s plenty of room for efficiency improvements. In a bid to do exactly that, scientists from Virginia Tech have developed a mangrove-inspired “synthetic tree” that mimics the natural process of transporting water from the roots to Read More...

Beyond seawalls: How oysters can more sustainably protect our coastlines

We’ve written at length about using natural materials to restore degraded coastlines. The strong natural composition of oysters makes them a popular choice for these projects and in Southern California, one scientist is combining native oysters with the power of seagrass to promote coastline Read More...