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.
Nirj Deva –
Solving the refugee crisis will involve mobilising private sector funding to achieve developmental goals, writes Nirj Deva from the European Parliament. Could blended finance be the answer?
Mahmoud Mohieldin –
Efforts to end extreme poverty are at risk of stagnating unless the region shifts to a more sustainable economy, with greater cooperation on issues like water, energy and climate change, says World Bank expert Mahmoud Mohieldin
The ambition and size of China's Belt and Road Initiative will have far-reaching impacts for development in the region. WRI China's Shouqing Zhu outlines how China could imbue sustainability into its massive infrastructure plan.
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".
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.