We live in a global economy in which wealth, natural resources, and basic necessities are controlled by a tiny, one-percent of the population. It is a state of affairs literally threatening the survival of vast numbers of people. Recognizing that, some people are getting extremely creative in adapting. Below are two examples.
A technical university in Peru has created a billboard that extracts the moisture out of humidity and produces drinking water.
From YouTube description:
Finally, a Billboard That Creates Drinkable Water Out of Thin Air
I’ve never cared much for billboards. Not in the city, not out of the city — not anywhere, really. It’s like the saying in that old Five Man Electrical Band song. So when the creative director of an ad agency in Peru sent me a picture of what he claimed was the first billboard that produces potable water from air, my initial reaction was: gotta be a hoax, or at best, a gimmick.
Except it’s neither: The billboard pictured here is real, it’s located in Lima, Peru, and it produces around 100 liters of water a day (about 26 gallons) from nothing more than humidity, a basic filtration system and a little gravitational ingenuity.
Let’s talk about Lima for a moment, the largest city in Peru and the fifth largest in all of the Americas, with some 7.6 million people (closer to 9 million when you factor in the surrounding metro area). Because it sits along the southern Pacific Ocean, the humidity in the city averages 83% (it’s actually closer to 100% in the mornings). But Lima is also part of what’s called a coastal desert: It lies at the northern edge of the Atacama, the driest desert in the world, meaning the city sees perhaps half an inch of precipitation annually (Lima is the second largest desert city in the world after Cairo). Lima thus depends on drainage from the Andes as well as runoff from glacier melt — both sources on the decline because of climate change.
Enter the University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC), which was looking for something splashy to kick off its application period for 2013 enrollment. It turned to ad agency Mayo DraftFCB, which struck on the idea of a billboard that would convert Lima’s H2O-saturated air into potable water. And then they actually built one.
It’s not entirely self-sufficient, requiring electricity (it’s not clear how much) to power the five devices that comprise the billboard’s inverse osmosis filtration system, each device responsible for generating up to 20 liters. The water is then transported through small ducts to a central holding tank at the billboard’s base, where you’ll find — what else? — a water faucet. According to Mayo DraftFCB, the billboard has already produced 9,450 liters of water (about 2,500 gallons) in just three months, which it says equals the water consumption of "hundreds of families per month." Just imagine what dozens, hundreds or even thousands of these things, strategically placed in the city itself or outlying villages, might do. And imagine what you could accomplish in any number of troubled spots around the world that need potable water with a solution like this.
Now that we have water, let’s see about getting some electricity. A group of “guerilla” activists in Greece has taken a step toward turning the tables on the banker parasites that are occupying the country.
From the description:
The Prime Minister of debt-ridden Greece is in the United States – on a mission to restore his country’s credibility. Antonis Samaras will meet President Obama later on Thursday to talk economy and foreign policy. The White House earlier praised Athens for ‘working very hard in challenging conditions’ – but the Greek people seem to be growing tired of unfulfilled promises of recovery, as Egor Piskunov reports.
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