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Using seawater to end droughts.

With climate change really starting to bite we are beginning to hear a lot more about water shortages and severe droughts in the developed world as well as across Africa and less well off parts of Asia. California is in the grip of a drought…
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Kids These Days...

There's sometimes a tendency to dismiss kids. Sure, what would they know anyway? Best leave them to their phones and whatever arcane stuff they get up to on the internet... Perhaps we could look to them a little more often. Now and then you'll…
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Bringing Down The Dams

Recently, in the US, hundreds of dams have been abandoned as no longer serving the purpose for which they are designed. On the surface the remaining lakes, now sitting undisturbed, seem like a boon to the local wildlife and to returning land…
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Banning the Bottle?

A couple of places in the US, (like Concord) and in Australia have banned single use water bottles outright. They're tired of the waste, tired of the landfills overflowing and they've become very aware that huge food companies are using public…
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Four ways to collect and use rainwater! (Part 3)

This time 'round we are looking at a more developed type of rainwater filter. This second type of filtering is a multi-layer filter and is incredibly effective, giving clean potable water and it lasts a long time before you need to empty…
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Four ways to collect and use rainwater! (Part 2)

So last week, we looked at a simple rain- barrel for gardening and DIY needs. Harvested rain can be used for anything that mains or well water is usually used for, as long as it is filtered. To use it for washing dishes (or people) it would…
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Four ways to collect and use rainwater! (Part 1)

As bizarre as it seems, even in rainy Ireland, a country crammed with lakes and streams, we can often run foul of water shortages. We have an antiquated water system that is as expensive to run as it is wasteful with vast amounts of drinking…
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So, what do you think of water metering?

I was in Wexford recently and noticed Water Authority letters being delivered to houses in the town. Soon enough every house in the country will be metered and like most other places in Europe we will pay directly for our treated water. But…
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Tedx is back in Dublin with more ideas worth spreading!

TEDx is back in Dublin! If you haven't heard of Ted Talks you're seriously missing out. The premise is simply "Ideas worth spreading" that they gather people who are exceptional in their fields in some way and they give short, often inspirational…
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Hydration and staying awake in the Great Desert Races.

While I was reading up on the simple rules of hydration, I was reminded that there are some alarming hobbies in the world. While some people enjoy the simple pleasures of jumping off bridges tied to elastic bands or crawling under mountains,…
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Has an Irish company cracked the food and water crisis and global warming too?!

This is really exciting. Really exciting! In fact it's hard not to get carried away given that we at Punc Bottles are water geeks! There's an article today in the Irish Independent that made me go on a flurry of web searching because the…
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A Billboard That Produces Clean Drinking Water From Desert Air!

This is really cool! Old proverbs are only sometimes right ('what doesn't kill you makes you stronger' being particularly suspicious to me) but necessity really is the mother of invention, along with, these days, government agencies that…
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Two ways to decrease greenhouse gases and save the oceans too!

It can often feel like we have lost the battle with climate change. In trying to get politicians and industrialists to take climate change seriously, environmentalists can state things in such a bleak way that it can seem like the fight is…