How soon can we use the oceans to quench the world's thirst?

Which each passing year, the world gets thirstier. As the human population continues to grow, and becomes more urbanized, our sources of drinkable water get pushed to their limits. The solution? Desalination — the process of removing salt from ocean water. But given the tremendous costs and energy requirements of… » 8/24/12 11:30am 8/24/12 11:30am

Seawater Crops Could Solve Food, Water Shortages

Imagine going to the beach, looking out across the ocean, and seeing an endless stretch of...tomato plants. Those days may still be years off, but the case for using seawater for farming is getting stronger. Italian researchers reporting in the Journal of the American Chemical Society say that when tomato plants are… » 4/29/08 1:40pm 4/29/08 1:40pm