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Almost 100 million Europeans do not have access to safe, reliable water. As conventional methods of detecting pathogens can be complex and take time, developing an effective system to quickly test water has become imperative.
Published: 20 January 2015
Teams of social scientists and engineers are studying different areas of Latin America in an EU-funded project to discover how political processes, community engagement and appropriate technologies combine to deliver clean water and sanitation. The aim is to use the research to help deliver clean water and sanitation to local communities currently without adequate access.
Published: 19 November 2014
EU-funded researchers have developed a smart irrigation system that calculates the exact amount of water crops need each day. The technology allows farmers to save time, effort and water and achieve the best yield possible - drop by drop.
Published: 8 October 2014
Although home to 18% of the global population-around 1.15 billion people-India only has around 4% of the world's fresh water resources. With climate change and urbanisation increasing the pressure on a scarce resource, an EU-funded project's improvement of natural water treatment systems couldn't come at a better time.
Published: 29 September 2014
Harmful bacteria can be removed from water sources through the addition of copper and silver ions. The SILCO project has developed an innovative monitoring device that senses the elimination process of complex bacterial communities known as biofilm and unsafe bacteria from drinking water systems.
Published: 15 September 2014
We are only aware of about 10% of our brain activity, so scientists at a lab in Barcelona are working to increase that percentage. They hope to enable us to perform better in a world which is increasingly overwhelmed by data.
Published: 14 July 2014
What does a coal-fired power plant produce? Well, electricity, of course, but it could also supply clean water. And so could many other types of factory. Technology developed by the EU-funded CapWa project extracts water from flue gas - more, in some cases, than was initially brought in. It also saves energy.
Published: 14 May 2014
An earthquake, a terrorist attack, a fire in a tunnel it takes a special kind of person to rescue survivors from large-scale emergencies. But first response teams dont rely just on their outstanding courage and skill to operate effectively. They also need information and coordination, and a way to communicate. EU-funded research is improving the ICT systems at their disposal.
Published: 12 May 2014
A waterbag is a flexible container system for freshwater transport. The Refresh project consortium chose to test their water bag prototype in Crete. The technology is not new, but the team have developed a new approach.
Published: 11 April 2014
"Definitely, the glaciers in Greenland are retreating," that's the view of Bo Vinther, Glaciologist, Centre for Ice and Climate, University of Copenhagen. "We see that ice strings are increasing their velocity. And thereby they are producing more icebergs out into the ocean," says Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Coordinator, WATERundertheICE project.
Published: 25 March 2014