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Science & Research

18.08.2016

16-year-old student combatting drought with a low-cost, biodegradable superabsorbent polymer made out of orange peels

South Africa is presently experiencing one of the worst droughts in 45 years, with the lowest ever rainfall since 1904. In 2015, South Africa received only an average of 403 mm, which is merely 66 % of the annual average rainfall. This matter has to be urgently addressed, with food sources under severe strain and still household food security being a major concern. However, a clear solution would be Superabsorbent Polymers (SAPs).

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