BufferThe most common question I field when I mention desalination is, “Doesn’t that take a lot of energy?” The truth is, yes, it does. That’s why you’ll not hear me advocate for desalination without strongly insisting on complementary conservation. We must redouble our conservation efforts by upgrading infrastructure intelligently and in no way excuse wasteful [...]
BufferConcrete. There’s a lot of it on earth. Pretty much every paradise has its parking lot. And its big-box store, high-rise condos, sidewalks, stadiums and office parks. Bridges, tunnels, jetties, locks, canals, station platforms: all require concrete. Concrete is the second most consumed substance on earth (pdf), after water: three tons of it per year, [...]
Worldwide desalting capacity is projected to increase by 50 million cubic meters per day over the next six years, according to a recent study by Pike Research.
Meanwhile, annual spending on desalination will double by 2016, from $8.3b to $16.6 billion. Spending will total $87.8 billion during that time period.
With their vast coastlines and open spaces, Western Australia can mitigate the effects of drought by looking to the seas for partnerships between advanced, efficient water technology and sustainable energy like wind and solar.
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