Doug Vining Coastal resources

Countries with large coastlines and little resources in the form of oil stand to benefit from this reversal in fortunes. South Africa is a good example.
Posted: 29 April 2004 at 00:00

Doug Vining Goodbye Perrier

I imagine the purveyors of expensive bottled water will be the first to suffer.
Posted: 29 April 2004 at 00:00

Wolfgang Grulke RE: Goodbye Perrier

Perrier are in deep trouble anyway. They are purveyors of 'real' mineral water bottled at source (even if they add the bubbles) and tehy are now finding their business totally eroded by cheap bottled waters with no provenance - essentially purified tap water.
Posted: 19 September 2004 at 00:00

Wolfgang Grulke RE: RE: Goodbye Perrier

It's always surprised me that the water companies don't sell bottled water - much higher profit margins!
Posted: 19 September 2004 at 00:00

Doug Vining Sewage as a source of green power

Seven years ago we published a rather radical MindBullet that suggested technology could generate power from sewage, and ultimately, from seawater.

Well, it seems the first part of that scenario, consuming waste water and providing electricity and clean water, is fast becoming a reality. This excerpt from the Guardian article makes the case quite clearly:

"If you go into a country and give them a waste treatment system - the World Bank and others have done this - they do not keep it going, as it needs power and maintenance. It is a drain on the community. But if you can also provide electricity for lighting, or charging mobile phones, that's a game-changer."


A FuturesForum post (titled: "Sewage as a source of green power") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=ee124571-b9ed-459f-a4c9-e0f090f09a01
Posted: 2 March 2012 at 09:16

Doug Vining Just add sunlight for pure water

Years ago we published a MindBullet that sketched a scenario which included the invention of a 'water cell' - a fuel cell that runs on seawater, producing electric power and pure water. Could this teenager's invention be the first step towards that slightly fanciful idea?
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Just add sunlight for pure water") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here: http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/FuturesForum/BlogDetails.aspx?PostID=11d7130c-d984-4d28-a020-fda13380612f
Posted: 18 August 2014 at 17:59
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