Water out of thin air

Signal of change / Water out of thin air

By Gwyneth Marcelo / 17 Apr 2017
A team at MIT has developed a new type of porous materials called metal-organic frameworks which have massive surface area and are capable of capturing water molecules from the air and funneling them down into a collection vessel. Unlike previous air water-capture technologies, this passive technology is still useful in dry, arid regions. Commercial development is not far off, with similar materials already under production by BASF. Across the globe, over two-thirds of our population suffers from water shortages. Trillions of productive hours, typically belonging to women, that are spent collecting and transporting water. On a massive scale, this technology could combat growing water scarcity. But what would be the implications for micro-climates?

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What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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