Magazine article New Internationalist

Haven't the Foggiest

Magazine article New Internationalist

Haven't the Foggiest

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Fog gets a bad press. It's associated with a creepy malevolence that belies its innate worth as a generous supplier of drinking water. Fog Quest, a Canadian-based non-profit organization, aims to exploit the blanket-like stuff to its fullest.

Being a mass of water vapour condensed into small droplets ranging between 1 and 40 millimetres, fog is surprisingly easy to collect. A double layer of thin mesh erected against the wind between two poles with a trough connected to a storage tank underneath will suffice. Fog Quest's largest project to date in Chungungo, Chile, provides the 330 inhabitants with a daily haul of 11,000 litres of water.

Like most good ideas, however, nature was there first. Every morning the Stenocara beetle of Namibia tilts its body toward the wind and prepares to be engulfed by dense fog. …

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