ArchivesSeptember, 2018

20Sep

Engineer Qilin Li at Rice University’s lab is building a treatment system that can be tuned to selectively pull toxins from wastewater from factories, sewage systems and oil and gas wells, as well as drinking water. The researchers said their technology will cut costs and save energy compared to conventional systems. “Traditional methods to remove […]Continue Reading

20Sep

Wastewater generated from food production and agricultural activities is a major source of environmental pollution. It is also among the most difficult and costly waste to manage because food processing wastewater can contain large quantities of nutrients, organic carbon, nitrogenous organics, inorganics, suspended and dissolved solids, and it has high biochemical and chemical oxygen demands. […]Continue Reading

19Sep

Plastic has become an essential feature of human life. From the bottles we use to the clothing we wear — plastic is everywhere. Since plastic was first introduced in the 1950s, humans have produced over eight billion metric tons of plastic. Annually, we continue to produce millions of tons of plastic, most of which are single-use […]Continue Reading

18Sep

About 15 million households in America depend upon water from private wells for drinking, cleaning, bathing, and cooking. While people who live within the limits of a city or a town, and have their water supplied by the municipality, know that their water is subject to strict environmental guidelines, the same is not true of private wells. […]Continue Reading

17Sep

September is National Preparedness Month, and this year’s theme is “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” The simplicity of this message emphasizes its truth and importance. Every year, disasters happen. Every month, even, disasters happen. Floods. Wildfires. Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Spills. Contamination. All of these can drastically impact the essentials of life: shelter, food, and water. […]Continue Reading