Tag Archives: Sea

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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Suckers for learning: why octopuses are so intelligent

Suckers for learning: why octopuses are so intelligent Morten Brekkevold, CC BY-NC-SA Lisa Poncet, Université de Caen Normandie Our last common ancestor with the octopus existed more than 500 million years ago. So why is it that they seem to show such peculiar similarities with humans, while at the same time appearing so alien? Perhaps because despite their tentacles covered with suckers …

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Coral reefs: climate change and pesticides could conspire to crash fish populations

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Jose Angel Astor Rocha/Shutterstock William Feeney, Griffith University and Marc Besson, École pratique des hautes études (EPHE) Australia barely had time to recover from record breaking fires at the start of 2020 before the Great Barrier Reef experienced its third mass coral bleaching event in the past five years. Only five of these have occurred since records began in the …

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