From the of off-the-charts levels of air pollutants recently recorded in Beijing, to massive fish die offs and waste chemicals being dumped directly into its main waterways, China has quickly been gaining the well earned reputation as the world’s worst polluter. These hard to stomach images from Reuters show a land drastically changed in the country’s last decades of massive growth; a hard earned payment to become the product producing powerhouse that it is today. [Read more...]
Traveling through the streets of Beijing, this strange tricycle drips water on the road, leaving dot-matrix style Chinese characters in its path. When the vehicles creator Nicholas Hanna is asked why he did this unique project he likes to answer “because”. He was inspired by the local tradition of drawing calligraphy on sidewalks using large brushes and water, but where usually the artist would be judged on the form of their characters, Hanna’s tricycle creates forms with mathematical precision [Read more...]
What happens when you take the patterns of nature, small or large, then filter them through the lens of technology? If you’re artist Kane Cali, you create incredibly beautiful translucent sculptures reminiscent of the rippling patterns in water. His works are created using a unique process of computer modeling, female mold building and a final casting of colored resin. The results filter light much like fluid, creating an illusion of water frozen in motion. Swing by his website kanecali.com for a detailed explanation of his process and further inspiring work. [Read more...]
A bit of nanotech “magic” is turning sand into a super-effective water purifier. By coating coarse grains of sand with graphite oxide, researchers at Rice University have created a material that is several times more efficient at removing contaminants than sand alone. The breakthrough may benefit developing countries where more than a billion people lack clean drinking water. [Read more...]
Around the world unsanitary water leads to the deaths of more than 3.6 million people annually, 1.5 million of which are children under 5. According to the United Nations, unsanitary water kills more people worldwide than war. While many in high income countries see no effect on their water supply or quality, many people in developing countries face arduous daily hikes to find even the most marginal water. This graphic, created in a collaboration between Good.is and Column Five, puts revealing numbers to this expanding crisis. [Read more...]
Charity Water reminds us in this motion graphic that a billion people live without clean drinking water. For most of us it takes only a few seconds to get water, but for some it takes a 3 hour walk in harsh conditions to get even marginally potable water. The daily struggle to obtain water keeps many people occupied during time that could be spent working, learning or interacting with family.
To bring awareness to World Water Day on March 22nd, Solidarités International is launching a campaign to shed light on the tragic state of drinking water in the world and the many lives it takes. A little known fact, due to pollution and unsanitary conditions, water kills more than 3.6 million people each year, 1.5 million of which are children under 5. This makes it the worlds leading cause of death.
Solidarités International and its agency BDDP Unlimited created the video below, using pure water to create images that are only revealed with the symbolic pollution of black ink. Make sure to stop by solidarites.org for much more information on this little known but very important issue.
Built in the 10th century, the incredibly deep well of Chand Baori, India was a practical solution to the limited water in the area. In order for the water source to last for the entire year, the people of the area were forced to dig 98 feet down. The well has 13 floors and 3,500 steps. Local legends say ghosts built it in one night and that it has so many steps so that anyone who throws a coin into the well will be unable to retrieve it.