5 Drought-Stopping Inventions

Creating more water is the answer with 1.8B facing extreme shortage by 2025
By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted Dec 14, 2008 6:08 PM CST
A man carries containers for sale in Harare, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008. Due to the shortage of potable water, the price of containers to carry water has gone up ten fold in recent weeks.    (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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(Newser) – One UN study estimates 1.8 billion people will face extreme water shortage by 2025; the US government projects 36 states could face a similar fate by 2013. Doug Cantor, in Esquire, examines potential shortage solutions:

  • PlayPump: A pump attached to a children’s merry-go-round extracts water from the ground as it spins. Expected to provide water for 10 million people by 2010.

  • Windmill power: A specialized mechanism extracts 50 to 130 gallons of water daily from the air.
  • Ocean power: California firm’s new desalination technology allows pumping without choking the energy grid.
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