Instead of using chemicals to disperse the oil or burning the spill on site which are complicated, expensive, and harmful ways to clean up, the membrane turns the oil to solid which can be easily lifted from the water and removed.
The 'kafya', as designers call it, uses solar cells to provide energy, has a fan to cool down users on a sweltering day, and more importantly, a GPS that locates users in case they get lost in the crowd during the Hajj.
Sundeep Waslekar –
Water plays an important role in global affairs, and water security is critical to peace and security. Strategic Foresight Group president Sundeep Waslekar makes a case for water to be recognised as "a strategic resource of humanity".
Alejandro Litovsky –
Countries taking in refugees may find it challenging to cope with increased pressure on resources, public services, and jobs. Earth Security Group chief executive Alejandro Litovsky shares how sustainable, inclusive business can help.
Hernando de Soto –
Opposition to globalisation is getting louder. Hernando de Soto, president of the Institute of Liberty and Democracy, analyses why and what it will take to keep global flows in motion.
The new world energy order, dominated by coal and oil, is coming to an end, says Volans chairman John Elkington. The future belongs to clean energy, and it is up to companies to innovate or fall behind.
Water scarcity can spark bitter conflict, but effective resource management and resilience policies can help countries avoid water scarcity and boost economic growth, says World Bank Group vice president for sustainable development Laura Tuck.
As the age of oil draws to an end, Saudi Arabia is taking small steps to expand its renewable energy use. But the oil producing countries of the Middle East need to do much more to adopt clean energy, says Sindicatum Sustainable Resources chief executive Assaad Razzouk.