Can Sea Water Desalination Save The World?

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Today, one out of three people don’t have access to safe drinking water. And that’s the result of many things, but one of them is that 96.5% of that water is found in our oceans. It’s saturated with salt, and undrinkable. Most of the freshwater is locked away in glaciers or deep underground. Less than one percent of it is available to us. So why can’t we just take all that seawater, filter out the salt, and have a nearly unlimited supply of clean, drinkable water?
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Can Sea Water Desalination Save The World?

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Oct 16, 2019




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:39 Don't know about Newark but I live in Puerto Rico.. when did that happened? I remember the crisis for about a month or so when hurricane Maria hit the island but that was it.
Andrew Hyde
Andrew Hyde 2 hours ago
Another shill. You have to power a desalinator. There are no nuclear reactors and there is an energy shortage already. California truthfully needs to stop stealing water from the colorado river to plant water intensive crops in a desert that only serves to enslave illegals.
Kevin M
Kevin M 9 hours ago
How about limiting everyone to just two children per family unit? Obviously this is another problem created by idiots overpopulating the earth. In all honesty, why does anyone need a big family these days? That or we need another bigger global war to cull the herd. Better happen soon cause I'm tired of traffic.
BudG 9 hours ago
Why not put the brine into evaporation ponds, then harvest the salt for Industrial use, such as salting the roads ?
William M
William M 15 hours ago
Elegant solution to brine problem: NaCl + CO2 + H2O + NH3 -> NaHCO3 + NH4Cl (products: baking soda: help reduce ocean acidification, ammonium chloride which is an excellent rice fertilizer & palm tree fertilizer). This has been known for decades (modified Solvay process aka DUAL process developed in Japan in 1980).
william wilson
william wilson 18 hours ago
Over population is the biggest problem
James Shelnutt
James Shelnutt 19 hours ago
what happens when you try to populate a world with 7.75 billion people that can effectively sustain say about 6 billion people? Well, either you figure out how to create technology to boost sustainability or 1.75 billion people are going to die. How many people can earth support? There is definitely a limit cause this planet has a finite size & finite resources. We can't just over-populate our world without consequences.
*db* 19 hours ago
Let's not beat around the Bush, you want to sell tap water.
Pinky Mixology
Pinky Mixology 21 hour ago
For brine, just pump it a bit into the desert, let the water evaporate, and build magic salt mountain.... you can ski on it all year.
James Alan
James Alan 23 hours ago
Generally, 2-8 million gallons of water may be used to frack a well. Some wells consume much more. A well may be fracked multiple times, with each frack increasing the chances of chemical leakage into the soil and local water sources
TomKaren94 23 hours ago
How many thousands of streams run down the mountains of California and directly into the Pacific Ocean? Put catch basins at their termination and capture it.
TomKaren94 23 hours ago
"wreck havoc..."?
Ken Wells
Ken Wells 23 hours ago
This is not a science problem. This is a corruption problem.
Apex Maintenance
Air, water, food, and shelter (to some degree. Includes clothing) is absolutely essential. Everything else is a luxury.
TheLeetfrog Day ago
anyone what the song is at the intro bit ???
Jay Day ago
We are screwed..
arnon oren
arnon oren Day ago
this is an invention of mister zharchin gods forbidden another clever jew... (: and it is practiced way back in isreal .... not bds and no bos can deny that !! mmm so few but so helpfull " adolph whoof whoof" ....
jacob edwards
How are they going to clean the Nuclear waste pouring in to the Ocean?
necro maniac
necro maniac Day ago
Mixing technologies could lower the price of desalination while upping the efficiency just like how Jeffrey Epstein was murder in prison
Srishti Verma
desalination should taken as an option, firstly we should try to harvest the rainwater, concerning upon the recharge of ground water and moreover build some technology to collect the vapor that get evaporated from the water sources like waterfalls(like Niagara falls mentioned in the video) and also by waste water management we could reduce the situation where the desalination of brine would come into practice and the task would be done more efficiently.
NyuuMikuru1 Day ago
Wormwood flavored water coming soon.
Gaming Princess Luna
Climate change isn't an issue truth factory shows why co2 is actually good for a green the earth. m.usvid.net/video/video-_rNPA1UiUCk.html
MrSquareart Day ago
The Resurrection is coming
doesnt matter how much brine is produced because all the water we get from the processor will return to the ocean within a year restoring the previous balance
Waseem M
Waseem M Day ago
Why not practice drinking sea water??
Jason Doucette
We don't have a clean drinking water problem. We have an over population problem. Nuff said.
DeShon T
DeShon T Day ago
Atmospheric Water Generators!!... "There are over Three Tuadrillion Gallons of Water In The Atmosphere Everyday!"..
Michael Kranyak
A British study a few years ago stated the planet can sustain 5 billion people we are at about 9. This is not going to end well. Wealthy nations will erect walls deport migrants and the Third World will have to make due.
David Poulin
David Poulin Day ago
just mix the brine at the waste water treatment plant
Chris Day ago
You dummies need to just stop having kids or die
Odin Thorsdad
If it rains where you live and you have a few cubic meters of spare space it should be mandatory to have a rainwater tank to wash your clothes and flush your turds away.
bernarr parker
any process that destroys the marine environment is selfish and stupid .
why not take that brine ... desalinate it again and again... then evaporate it (either to collect the steam for more water or use the power of the sun to evaporate) and then you have two products to sell: a lot of water + seasalt. Everyone needs water but people need salt too.
Naw Lawt Jangmaw
Naw Lawt Jangmaw 2 days ago
I think when we have a solution that can produce energy cheap and safe or maybe if we have unlimited amount of it, we'll have solution of it
Abhishek Singh
Abhishek Singh 2 days ago
Well ,here comes another simple yet destructive solution... Means if u hv destroyed one resource,no worries, move over to the other.. incredible Rather we should be focusing more upon the rainwater harvesting n bringing the climatic cycle back to its normalcy..!!!
Joshua Lee
Joshua Lee 2 days ago
Solution : Plant more trees! Nature will provide you with fresh water!
Aj Sky
Aj Sky 2 days ago
The alternate title should be : "The dumbest and most inefficient invention yet: Desalination plants"....Let's ask Elon.
Aj Sky
Aj Sky 2 days ago
So Kevin Costner was right about Waterworld??? Jeez!
Alex Smith
Alex Smith 2 days ago
Why not mix brine with salt water to lower the concentration and then put it back into the ocean more spread out? Like have a long pipe going out with a small outlet every few feet?
Wally Wally
Wally Wally 2 days ago
Just make it rain
Aisha Hussein
Aisha Hussein 2 days ago
Go vegetarian and plant trees.. but we will fight over the ideas
Suyog Kulkarni
Suyog Kulkarni 2 days ago
plant more trees smart people
Dino A
Dino A 2 days ago
I wonder about Camels...while they are literally large in size which in my opinion might demand higher volume yet drink once a week, we humans need more water a day than a fish do!
Camping and Gaming
Yea its expensive to do reverse osmosis....but what about thermal desalination? They dont even do it lol would cost nowhere near as much and is a natural method. Wouldnt cost as much energy or anything. Like wtf.
archer bob
archer bob 2 days ago
Question at 1:22 Answer: Because we polluted it...!
john p
john p 2 days ago
plenty of rainwater we are not capturing.
Adam Jones
Adam Jones 2 days ago
Around 1.4 billion gallons of fresh water but animals and water on land. How much can we drink?
Adam Jones
Adam Jones 2 days ago
Or how much water is available to drink? Also, how can water be so scarce? Can land not be hydrated via sea water? Here in Wales we have salt marsh sheep and lamb's that graze the salt grass. I'd love to see Africa and India mainly come into some sort abundant water source.
lionel bonnett
lionel bonnett 2 days ago
Humans need to *-*-reduce human population, upgrade infrastructure , electronic power grid, all factory's reenginered, upgraded recycle all waste materials , for god sakes, give up this suicidal delusional dream of endless profits never paying fare share of taxes ,debt we lerarn /remember karma is debt free =no run on endless sin w/o paying the price!!!!!!!!!
Luna Azule
Luna Azule 2 days ago
We need to stop worshiping our own species so much that we destroy earth trying to keep them all happy and healthy. HOW ABOUT SOME SMART BIRTH CONTROL?!?! Drop condoms not food.
James Robert Coyle
With Nuclear heat it could. www.thoriumenergyalliance.com
Daniel Paulson
Daniel Paulson 2 days ago
It will help the sea salt industry.
Aaditya Karthik
Aaditya Karthik 2 days ago
investments should be made on rainwater harvesting and STP AND ETP
Ally Hauptmann-Gurski
Surface water will not be enough for this ever growing population for growing food, cleanliness etc. Desalination will have to be from renewables (green hydrogen) and the brine needs to be used for salt production, not fed back into the sea. The tech is there, it just needs the will and capital to be implemented.
ATAHUALPA867 3 days ago
We must adapt and do a huge effort not to waste . Toilet and showering worse ways to waste it . We must help ourselves. Desalination is not new but up to now is seen as way to save this planet and people of running out of water.. Thanks CNBC..
lomhow1234 3 days ago
Time to build more power plants gamers
SimpleGamingF2P pc
1/3 people dont have safe drinking water? bruh my whole school has safe drinking water. all my friend has safe drinking water.
TAVO 3 days ago
we need to plant more trees don't ask me how it works but i can tell you where there trees there is fresh water in abundance and if you cut them water disappears.
Martin x
Martin x 3 days ago
The energy consumption is not a problem. Most people, when asked if they want next year either use disco ball in their appartment, or drink for a next year, they tend to pick the most survival centric issue, wich the drinking really is.
Mr Grey man
Mr Grey man 3 days ago
it isn't 'can't' it is won't.
Zeph 3 days ago
Yes - IF the ocean's water is kept clean, this is the answer. However, rivers , which constantly flow into the ocean and run around the globe faster than one realizes, have to be kept free of industrial waste, nuclear waste, and other pollutants..
rob379 3 days ago
Warmer air holds more water. just sayin’
Little Bai
Little Bai Day ago
more water vapor traps more heat.
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