Brian Bienkowski

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Brian Bienkowski is a Michigan-based environmental journalist.

Brian Bienkowski serves as editor of Environmental Health News and its sister site, The Daily Climate. He holds a master’s degree in environmental journalism and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Michigan State University. He lives with his miniature dachshund, Louie, in Lansing, Michigan.

Poseidon Water employees stand between rows of reverse osmosis filters at the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant, currently under construction in Carlsbad, California.

Desalination is an expensive energy hog, but improvements are on the way

Desalination — taking the salt out of seawater so humans can drink it — is becoming more important as the Earth warms and drinking water gets more scarce, but it's not a cheap or simple process. Here are some ways it might get more affordable and environmentally friendly.

Desalination is an expensive energy hog, but improvements are on the way