Sony protects forests in Sumatra

The technology giant, Sony, is working to protect the forests in Sumatra. In 2011, Sony began preservation efforts on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, with the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Japan. The forests, full of rich biological diversity, have shrunk drastically. Now, radical action must be taken to save the wildlife. Recently, […]

Walk, run or bike to clean power

The nPOWER PEG harvests kinetic energy from motion such as walking, running or biking. It then uses this energy to charge hand-held electronic devices. The project is currently looking for funding on Indiegogo. The goal is to deliver 100 generators to high-risk areas that are off-the-grid, but that use mobile devices. “Over half a billion mobile […]

CDRN – an efficient way to give aid

The Corporate Disaster Resource Network is a supply chain management system that gives access to information, services and products that emergency humanitarian aid groups need. The mission of CDRN is, “Facilitating an efficient real time supply chain management system for effective deployment of resources – financial, material, volunteers and skilled professionals for preparedness, response and […]

Red Cross Alert App

The Red Cross just released its second emergency alert app. This new app focuses on hurricanes. In using the app, people can access local and up-to-date information about what to do before, during and after a hurricane. The previously released and first app from the Red Cross was on the topic of first aid. The […]

Solar Kiosk

The world’s first solar powered kiosk is helping developing nations to develop renewable energy while growing sustainable small business. This solar powered kiosk, designed by GRAFT Architects of Germany, opened in Lake Langano, Ethiopia. The small store provides local residents access to goods and offers power for battery charging. The kiosk has photovoltaic panels on […]

Floating satellite

The GATR-Com, developed by Paul Gierow, provides a method of communication in times of disaster. The floating beach-ball-like satellite dishes provide connections when the on-ground condition is compromised. The satellite balloon was tested and approved during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. The device can be flat packed into two backpacks and assembled in 15 minutes. […]

Liter of Light

The project, Liter of Light offers a sustainable alternative to kerosene lamps traditionally used in homes in developing nations. Kerosene lamps are dangerous and they emit toxic gases and large amounts of CO2. MIT student Alfredo Moser, envisioned an alternative lighting system made of recycled plastic water bottles, functioning as solar lamps. Illac Diaz, a […]

Drought in the US grows worse

The US is currently experiencing the worst nation-wide drought since 1956. Last week, the areas under extreme drought conditions in key agricultural states tripled. Now, close to 2/3rds, that is, 56% of the nation is experiencing drought conditions.This is the worst drought that the country has experienced since 1956, when 58% of the country was […]

tools4disaster

Below are two designs for tools that aid in recovery and repair efforts during the aftermath of disaster: The Multi-Purpose Disaster Tool The Multi-Purpose Disaster Tool, designed by Tamir Niv, is designed to be used during the recovery and repair phases of disaster. The tool serves many functions. By changing the angle of the head […]

Blizzard Survival made easy

The company, Blizzard Survival has redesigned the emergency blanket adding a new honeycomb-like structure that reflects and traps heat, in order to keep the user warm. This technology is called Reflexcell. Reflexcell products offer protection from blizzards, avalanche and in any cold-climate during both emergency and non-emergency situations. Reflexcell blankets and products are made of […]