***** Making dirty water drinkable: @IOM_Somalia is using Polyglu to treat drinking #water and help Somalis affected by the recent #drought. *****Appropriate technology: Bangladeshi Inventor invents AC without cost and electricity. *****Appropriate technology: As farms dry up, Kenyan women switch to clean energy ...
Clean energy businesses are giving women steady income and protecting forests, which in turn help stave off drought By Kagondu Njagi NYERI, Kenya, April 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Perched on a stool in a tin shed, Nyawira Njau carefully lines the top of a dozen cookstoves with aluminium foil.
A call on her mobile interrupts her concentration, and she answers with one word: "Tomorrow". "That was an order for 20 cookstoves to deliver in Murang'a County," she explained. Making and delivering cookstoves in this central Kenyan region has been Njau's job for the past year. Unusually long drought has caused fields and soil to dry up around Nyeri, forcing men to take on seasonal work as road or construction builders.
A growing number of them are setting up clean energy businesses, such as selling cookstoves that burn less firewood than traditional stoves, as an alternative livelihood. "It used to take me three months to make that amount by growing and selling vegetables," she said. *****Appropriate technology: This durable solar power light inflates in seconds. *****Appropriate technology: Alfred Heineken created a bottle that could also function as a brick to build houses in impoverished countries, 1963. *****Appropriate technology: Bamboo tumbleweed is designed to clear landmines. *****Appropriate technology: Clockwork radio - 1994: Clever Trevor Baylis showed Tomorrow's World his amazing wind-up radio. The rest is history... Which Writing Implement Can You Use In Space? This is IKEA's flatpack refugee shelter. Read more.
*****Giant nets harvest fog in Morocco. Solar-powered oxygen delivery system saves lives in Uganda #innovation. Offgrid clinic uses #renewableenergy to support health services in Chile #resilience #health #medical. Cheap solar ambulances to speed into service in rural Bangladesh #medical What offgrid solar is for. More than 1,000 villages in India are set to be given free WiFi access. Read more // Source: CNN Tech. ***Infrastructure for development: How low-income countries can strengthen their growth.
By Tao Zhang and Vladimir Klyuev Versions in: عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese), Français (French), and Español (Spanish) Low-income countries should build more infrastructure to strengthen growth.
A new IMF analysis looks at ways to overcome obstacles. The clock is now ticking on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and while investment—critical to this agenda—has been rising in recent years among low-income countries, weak infrastructure is still hampering growth. These paper-airplane drones may one day save your life - Recode. ***Drone-based blood deliveries in Tanzania to be funded by UK - BBC News. Image copyright Dfid The UK government is to fund a trial of drone-based deliveries of blood and other medical supplies in Tanzania.
The goal is to radically reduce the amount of time it takes to send stock to health clinics in the African nation by road or other means. The scheme involves Zipline, a Silicon Valley start-up that began running a similar service in Rwanda in October. Experts praised that initiative but cautioned that "cargo drones" are still of limited use to humanitarian bodies. The Department for International Development (Dfid) has not said how much money will be invested in the Tanzanian effort or for how long. It also announced plans to fund tests of drones in Nepal to map areas of the country prone to damage from extreme weather, so help prepare for future crises.
Parachute deliveries. ***Do smoke-free stoves really save lives? (Appropriate technology evaluation) Image copyright Handstand Productions/ CAPS "Exposure to household air pollution is a problem of poverty," says Kevin Mortimer, a medical doctor and a respiratory health researcher at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
"If you're not poor, you're not exposed. " About 2.8 billion people - between a third and a half of the world's population - burn solid fuel such as wood, crop waste, charcoal, coal and dung to cook their food in open fires and leaky stoves. Inside those homes, cooking smoke is eye-stingingly visible, and it blackens the walls. But the invisible effect it has on the tiniest, branching airways of the lungs is what makes this a global crisis. Those smoke particles are taken up by cells that form part of the natural defences of the lungs. In April, Japan & Panama signed an agreement to construct the 1st monorail project in Central America! Read more.
The fog catcher who brings water to the poor. Is Cadbury's move the end for Fairtrade? Roll a Hippo. The Hippo Water Roller - A Smarter Way to Move Water For many, clean water comes with the twist of a tap.
But in rural Africa, access to water requires hours of walking, waiting in line and heavy lifting. On average, a woman spends six hours a day collecting and transporting water to supply her family’s daily needs. The time spent on this basic necessity keeps many children out of school and prevents women from engaging in more empowering activities and income-generating work. The hippo water roller has an innovative design that allows the transport of water more easily and efficiently by placing the water inside its “wheel.” Hippo Water Roller: This Wheelbarrow is not a Wheelbarrow.