Tag Archives: Drinking water

Desalination may be key to averting global water shortage, but it will take time

As the most water-scarce region on the planet, the Middle East is particularly reliant on desalination technology. Maxim Petrichuk/Shutterstock Kiran Tota-Maharaj, Aston University Clean freshwater is critical for sustaining human life. However, 1.1 billion people lack access to it worldwide. Desalination represents an increasingly popular way of addressing this. Desalination is the process of extracting salt from saline water to …

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England and Wales are adding fluoride to water – but what effect will it have?

Fluoride is a mineral that can occur naturally in water. sonsart/ Shutterstock Damien Walmsley, University of Birmingham and Alexander John Morris, University of Birmingham The UK government recently indicated that fluoride would be added to water in England and Wales to cut tooth decay. A bill is proceeding through parliament to support this. And the chief medical officers of all …

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