• Deepa Rao

The Climate Crisis Is Not Waiting for Us. Can We Afford To NOT ACT?

Updated: Jan 31

Existing dangers to our well-being are worsening, we are witnessing stronger hurricanes, rising seas, longer droughts to name a few. The impacts of the climate crisis are far-reaching, and a large majority of people in the world do not even know the truth about what is happening to our planet or what we can do.

Climate change is a man-made disaster. Our climate is changing primarily as a result of increased levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide (CO2), caused by human behaviors and necessities such as the burning of fossil fuels and the cutting down of trees for domestic and industrial purposes, among other things. Burning fossil fuels and cutting trees have added hundreds of billions of tonnes of heat-trapping CO2 into the atmosphere throughout the decades, where it will remain for millennia. The increased carbon and heat are more than the Earth's perfectly balanced ecosystems can tolerate. All of this is human-created.

The Last century rose the average world temperature by more than 1 degree Celsius with two-thirds of the increase occurring since 1975. On its face, this might not seem like a lot, but with each degree Celsius increase in temperature, the atmosphere stores 7% more water vapour, resulting in catastrophic rainfall events that wash out essential crops, as well as devastating hurricanes that bring strong storm surges, floods, and lightning strikes.

It is true that even if we stopped releasing carbon pollution today, we'd still be dealing with the effects of climate change for a long time. The pollution that has contributed to our current crisis remains in the atmosphere for tens to hundreds of years; climate change is not a phenomenon that can be stopped in its tracks suddenly. Now that we all agree that humans are creating this problem and as a result, the atmosphere is storing 7% more water vapour creating disasters, can we now look at a brighter side?

What we need is a transition to a just inclusive, and climate-stable ecosystem that will improve overall public health outcomes. Create systems that are climate-smart and energy efficient to ensure that our communities are safe, healthy, and long-lasting.

We cannot change human behavior overnight, maybe not even in decades, but maybe we can use this extra water vapour in the atmosphere thanks to us. So, what do we do with this? We understand the importance of water availability for the ecosystem. Hence let us consider the possibility that atmospheric water technology brings for a global climate crisis.

The central principle of Atmospheric Water Generation (AWG) technology is the extraction of moisture from the surrounding air to produce water. An Atmospheric Water Generator cools the air below its dew point, then removes the ambient moisture from the air as potable water by putting it under pressure. It's comparable to a dehumidifier in many ways, but it generates drinkable water instead.

Warmer regions with a high amount of humidity are ideal for AWG technology. In chilly climates, it is less effective. Now, who can benefit from atmospheric water generation technology? AWG enables those who are experiencing natural or man-made water shortages to reduce or eliminate their problems. The minimal cost of construction and parts availability make this technology very appealing. Many places lack the financial resources to invest in a cutting-edge water treatment system, but they can design and manufacture AWG devices. Moreover, it is applicable for areas whose freshwater supply has been polluted to great extent or an area that is dominated by agricultural activities.

200,000 trillion litres of water vapour is held in the atmosphere we breathe. It would reach halfway to the moon if we put it all into a 1x1 kilometer column. If healthy humans require 1 litre of pure drinking water per day, the world's 8 billion people's daily drinking water needs could be satisfied utilizing only 0.000004% of the water vapour in the atmosphere.

The challenge is finding a cost-effective way to make that water vapour available in liquid form to those who need it most – those who rely on bottled water or don't have access to reliable piped water. Atmospheric water generators are a novel technology that generates “Water from Air”, it takes water vapour from the environment and converts it to liquid water. Phase change, or the conversion of water vapour to liquid form, is the process through which atmospheric water is produced. Researchers have been trying to figure out how to tap into the massive amount of water ready to be retrieved in the atmosphere for quite some time. The goal is to develop phase-change devices that can capture water vapour from the atmosphere and convert it to liquid at a low cost.

We need something that doesn't affect ground or surface water if we want climate-proof drinking water, thus phase change devices are a good option. When traditional water supply systems are destroyed or out of function for several days due to natural disasters, atmospheric water producers have a lot of potentials. It's exciting to think about re-inventing drinking water supply chains. Drinking water for disadvantaged people can be detached from standard water treatment and piped water infrastructure using this family of devices.

As a result, personal water ownership, like what has been happening with distributed renewable energy systems, is a possibility. This is also known as energy storage in a glass. In any case, it's turning up to be a potentially game-changing approach to addressing water security issues in the world.

Atmospheric Water Generators (AWGs)

The technology pulls “water from air" and converts it to pure, safe drinking water. In these times, Atmospheric Water Generators are critical for everyone who wants pure and clean drinking water without the risk of municipal contamination or the expense of carrying and storing bottled water. As a result, plastic water bottle waste and the necessity for water bottle/container deliveries are eliminated, lowering the ‘carbon footprint.' Water from air is the purest and most abundant water supply in the world. Atmospheric water generators produce safe drinking water from the air we breathe simply and reliably.

AWGs can provide you with the solution to your water needs and in doing so will help reduce ‘carbon footprint’ and achieve both an ecological & economical answer to the ever-increasing water crisis.

Maithri Aquatech is reinventing water access and water purification with decentralized, sustainable, and highly scalable water solutions. Maithri Aquatech distributes ‘state-of-the-art' Atmospheric Water Generators that produce the purest, most natural drinking water possible directly from the humidity in the air we breathe.

Maithri Aquatech's MEGHDOOT AWGs are designed for domestic, industrial, and commercial usages producing water ranging from 50, 100, 250, 500, 1500, 3000 and 5000 litres per day (lpd). Maithri’s MEGHDOOT AWG systems are decentralized sources of water, as they are both a water generation and purification solution in one and they also provide re-mineralized water with customized solutions. The filtration mechanism is state-of-the-art, ensuring that they dispense quality, re-mineralized drinking water.

Maithri’s AWG systems are used in industries, construction, farms, hospitals, hotels, residential, rural areas, navies, fisheries, defense, educational institutes, and many more. These systems require no water source, can work off the grid, do not waste any water, and yet provide clean potable water as per requirement. They do not rely on delicate natural resources and produce no carbon emissions. As powered by renewable

energy, there are zero emissions both directly and indirectly.

Experts at Maithri Aquatech deliberate on the real issue every day- humans historically were satisfied with ground and surface water. But now, there is a serious scarcity due to our erratic and irresponsible behavior.

Where do we go? Where do we tap into? Surplus air around the blue planet seems the only quick, feasible and reliable option.

Talk to us and share how we can together solve this global crisis.

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