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Water and weather, the delicate balance between evaporation and precipitation, is the primary cycle through which climate change is felt. As our climate changes, droughts, floods, melting glaciers, sea-level rise and storms intensify or alter, often with severe consequences. Only 3% of the planet’s water is freshwater, and of this, two-thirds are captured in glaciers...
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The UAE (United Arab Emirates) consumes an average of 13 billion bags of plastic and approximately 450 billion plastic bottles every year as per data provided by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. A significant portion of plastic bottle consumption comes from bottled water use. The UAE had been ranked the eighth largest per-capita...
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ABSTRACT/SYNOPSIS The demand for clean potable water is rising exponentially in the UAE and other countries part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) owing to the rapid urbanization and population growth in the region. Bottled water sector is leading in the beverage industry, accounting for 56% of the GCC beverage market.  The UAE had been...
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ABSTRACT/SYNOPSIS Water is indispensable for Earth resilience and sustainable development. The capacity of social-ecological systems to deal with shocks, adapting to changing conditions and transforming in situations of crisis are fundamentally dependent on the functions of water to e.g., regulate the Earth’s climate, support biomass production, and supply water resources for human societies. However, massive,...
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ABSTRACT/SYNOPSIS Water is one of the most precious resources on the planet. More than 1 billion people do not have access to a source of clean drinking water, and around 3 billion experience water scarcity at least one month per year. The increasing pressure on freshwater resources motivates the need for exploring new water harvesting...
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ABSTRACT/SYNOPSIS Alternative new technologies are urgently needed to overcome the rapidly increasing global water scarcity. Atmospheric dew water is a potential source of potable water, as the earth’s atmosphere contains billions of tons of freshwater (98% in a vapor state). The atmospheric water generator (AWG) converts water vapor into liquid water and is a promising...
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ABSTRACT/SYNOPSIS Water is one of the most important and treasured natural resources supporting the diverse array of life on earth. Rapid depletion of fresh potable water reserves, contamination of existing sources, and generation of large amounts of wastewater due to anthropogenic activities have forced scientists worldwide to find alternate sources of potable water and to...
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ABSTRACT/SYNOPSIS Desalination of seawater provides a climate-independent source of water for critical human needs and economic development (industry and agriculture in particular). It is an effective way to secure water supplies against the effects of climate change, a growing population and drought. Desalination is a process of removing dissolved salts from water in order to...
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ABSTRACT/SYNOPSIS The idea of having healthy alternatives to sugary soda drinks and yet provide the same or even better satisfaction and thirst-quenching feeling without being bloated and sluggish sounds too good to be true. This has been made possible thanks to the innovation of sparkling water – a low-calorie alternative to sugary, carbonated drinks. However,...
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Sparkling water or carbonated water has gained tremendous popularity over the last decade. For many people, sparkling water is the perfect beverage — versatile and utterly refreshing, able to cleanse the palate and it contains zero calories. And it sure seems to be having a moment. Sales of packaged sparkling water have skyrocketed since the...
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