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The Green Adsorbent – Reducing Water Pollution

As industrial revolution unveiled powerful fuels and chemicals, the hazards that came with it were inescapable. The damage made to our environment by untreated water dumping through centuries is massive. It is frightening to know that 70 percent of industrial wastes are dumped untreated into waters in developing countries. This puts the entire existence of life in our planet in jeopardy, since water is without doubt the elixir for survival. Many professionals and researchers who’ve pursued their engineering abroad, have come up with technologies that can not only help with reduction in water pollution, but also guide with keeping pollutants like dyes, phenols, pesticides and pharmaceuticals away from the water using natural ingredients.

Metal and Chemical substances spread fast once released into the soil or water and any measure that needs to be taken to contain this, should be done quickly. These components can potentially harm the ecosystem in the ocean which could disrupt the cycle of life itself. Even though there are many adsorbents available to get rid of chemicals from the water, it is important to make sure that these materials do a good job absorbing toxic materials from the oceans and do not leave harmful components from their own ingredients.

The green adsorbent material was introduced to put a stop to all these concerns by addressing all the challenges that makes normal adsorbents unreliable. This method utilizes lower cost methods compared to the super-adsorbents like modified chitosans, activated carbons, structurally-complex inorganic composite materials etc. Green adsorbents are made from agricultural byproducts and agricultural wastes.

With the remarkable technology used in the making of this material, it can be used instead of the super adsorbents due to its low-cost potential. Materials like Almond skin, banana peel, mango peel, pomegranate peel etc. have been identified as materials that can be used as sustainable adsorbents to keep the water resources clean. These materials need cleaning, conditioning and pre-treating before using them to serve the intended purpose. Many study abroad programs encourage students to find relevant and appropriate methods to deal with environmental hazards like these which would ease our struggle for survival in this world. ICAS Manipal facilitates courses in foreign universities for students who wish to pursue their future abroad, after their first two years in India.

The Deep-Water Horizon disaster in Gulf of Mexico still haunts the ocean life and vegetation in that area. The incident has harmed more than 1,300 miles of coastline, killing seabirds, sea creatures and other wildlife, leading to huge financial losses for the tourism and fishing industries. The incident was a wakeup call for all the stakeholders to consider preventive measures for recovering from such spills and conserving the flora and fauna that belongs to the oceans. This is a huge unexplored section of sustainable adsorbent manufacturing that needs nurturing now. Information on different ecofriendly agricultural products needs to be collected and studied in order to make this practice reliable. Rescuing the water bodies from this chemical catastrophe forced upon by the over exploitation and industrial boom is extremely vital for extending our peril in this planet.

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