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.
Ilan Kelman –
Hurricane Harvey isn't a "natural disaster" because disasters are not natural, says University College London researcher Ilan Kelman. Rather, they are the result of social and political forces which shape people's vulnerability to events.
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".