SINGAPORE (Feb 19): In Iran, rainfall is declining at a rate of 25% by 2030 while summers are expected to heat up by 2°C to 3°C. Mohammad Sherafatmand hopes to one day contribute to alleviating his homeland’s water crisis. The 28-year-old Iranian has founded Hydroleap, a start-up that hopes to use electrocoagulation to treat and recycle wastewater. “The importance of industrial recycling is to [increase the supply of] domestic water [around the world],” says Mohammad. “Also, pollution [from] industrial wastewater… such as illegal factory discharge can destroy an entire lake.”

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