Irrigation – Water Goes Back to the Roots

Climate change not only means more extreme weather conditions but also changing rain patterns. Formerly dry areas will get more rain, others will get substantially less – both may struggle to adjust because populations and cultural habits don’t change as quickly. Since water will become an important issue in many densely populated areas, new irrigation tools are very welcomed, particularly if they are as simple and effective as this one.

Developed by the Australian engineering student Edward Linnacre, the moisture harvester called Airdrop works by routing air through a simple pipe system buried in the ground, where it cools down. Eventually the cool air cannot hold the moisture and condensates. The resulting water is then channeled directly to the roots of plants.

Brightnews! It’s so simple that it can be used even in very rural and remote areas and it provides water, even in the driest places – that’s really good news. The new tool still needs to be mass-produced and to be deployed in the field but in any way, it’s a very clever device with the potential to remarkably improve water supply in dry areas.

Source: Good, Sidney Morning Herald

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