Josh KearnsThought Leader

Josh is a PhD candidate in environmental engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a visiting researcher at North Carolina State University. His research explores the applicability of locally produced biomass char (biochar) as a low-cost adsorbent for drinking water treatment in developing communities. Josh has worked in the fields of ecological economics and sustainability science and he founded Aqueous Solutions, a non-profit organization that researches and deploys appropriate technologies in water and sanitation.

Josh Kearns

Innovation Needed Now! To Control Persistent Organic Chemical Toxins in Drinking Water in Developing Communities

June 28, 2016

Aqueous Solutions’ Bellwether Event Brings New Capacity to the WASH Sector. Environmentally persistent trace pollutants – such as pesticide...

Josh Kearns

Let’s stop using the word “sustainability”

January 29, 2016

The term “Sustainability” is irrelevant in the 21st Century. Instead, we must think in terms of “Strong Transition.” In recent...

Josh Kearns

The End of Global Development as We Know It

November 4, 2014

Development professionals do their work under the assumption that the developing world will some day look a lot like...

Josh Kearns

Forget the cutting edge embrace the old tech future

August 29, 2014

This solar array is part of a high-tech toilet prototype that converts waste into biochar. It works, but it...


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