Survival Magnesium Flint Stone Fire Starter Lighter Kit

This magnesium flintstones is the most important item in your survival kit is the means to make a fire. with it, you can easily and quickly start a fire when you need one.  Its high-heat spark makes fire building easy in any weather and at any altitude. It is an essential tool for any one […]

23rd World Conference on Disaster Management

Hurricane Sandy a Disaster? We’ve Seen Nothing Yet, Say Organizers of 23rd World Conference on Disaster Management One of largest conferences of its kind to draw representatives from more than 35 countries to explore the question: “How prepared are we?” Toronto, Ontario – After a year of extreme weather events, devastating storms, droughts, wildfires, flooding, and record-breaking hot and cold temperatures, […]

RSA – Natural Disaster relief – 2005/06

Stuart Williamson Industrial Designer Macclesfield, Cheshire, United Kingdom Ensuring the immediate supply of food/medicines/water is a key priority in responding to disaster situations. Supplies have to be delivered quickly and efficiently and this can often be difficult due to remote locations/bad weather and limited transportation available. Maximizing the capability of these supplies is vital. Examine […]

The design development of the hexi-house – part 3

While retaining the concept of a lightweight structure, made from sustainable materials, the Hexi-House design has now gone through a radically reappraisal and we have decided to abandon the original idea of a funnel shaped roof. The central downpipe has been removed and the inward sloping roof has been replaced with a simpler six-sided roof […]

Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value

Get the chance to scale up your impact by nominating your initiative for the Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value. The Prize is awarded every two years and helps innovative, commercially viable, and high impact initiatives achieve social scale and financial sustainability. The Laureate receives an investment of up to CHF 500 000 (approx. USD 530 000) to scale up […]

Disaster-Ready Shop

Tully’s Coffee Japan Co. opened its new environmentally friendly and disaster-conscious concept shop  in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward. To make it environmental friendly the shop is equipped with rooftop solar panels, storage batteries, and an EcoCute electric water heater that can supply 420 liters of hot water in emergency situations. It is also furnished with water-saving toilets that […]

Fantastic Plastic

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In today’s consumer world, plastic is everywhere—from plentiful stores of bottled water to disposable plasticware to the containers that hold our store-bought food. It seems like you can’t go out shopping without running into a good deal of plastic. And while this material is strong, reliable, and undoubtedly useful, we also may have way too […]

empowering people. Award

Low technological solutions or products for basic supply problems in developing and emerging countries – this is what the Siemens Stiftung is looking to identify. The “empowering people. Award” is addressed to individuals, teams, organisations or enterprises fulfilling certain criteria from any region in the world. Solutions entered have to already be in use or […]

Green solar grill

Derek Ham writes over at Barbeque Lovers about a solar-powered grill project he has been working on that uses latent heat storage to both extend cooking times, create hotter temperatures, and reduce the problem of intermittent sun. Based on technology developed by MIT professor David Wilson, the concept is expected to generate cooking temperatures of 450F, and […]