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>> Apps for PC
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I've always meant to elaborate on this idea and maybe now is the time. There was a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal on Saturday. The situation is very bad. People are buried and those that aren't don't have any shelter and access to utilities is most definately down. What we need is blimps! These blimps would be travelling all around the world doing their various jobs, but when a big disaster like this strikes, as many as possible would get mobilized right into the emergency area for assistance. Some mega blimps would have hospitals. Many of them would be power stations, solar on the roof, they could be anchored to the ground (and supply power lines to the ground) and extend wind turbines to generate power. Microwave transmissions might also be useful in the future so we can put the blimps into high altitude. The blimps would transport in shelter like honey comb hotels, toilets (composting/biogas), showerloop and also water recycling sinks and water points. I should look up how they do that now. It would be interesting to see. How does the municipal water utility deal with thousands of broken pipes? Things are going to be messed up for years. The blimps should then bring in pumps and lots and lots of hose to temporarily provide water across the city. I guess they'll truck that stuff in. The blimps could also be used as cranes to pick up debris (or would it not be stable enough?)
In Kathmandu valley, of the 16 camp locations identified by the government, 9 are in Kathmandu, 4 in Lalitpur and 3 in Bhaktapur. Oxfam is working with UNICEF and will start building its first sanitation facilities in Tudikhel in Bhaktapur tomorrow, serving 1500- 2000 people in this location alone. Tomorrow, Oxfam will also be completing its assessments in the Lalitpur camp.
Zubin Zaman, Oxfam India Deputy Director, said: “Our priority is to ensure that people affected have adequate humanitarian assistance and we are able to prevent secondary disasters, including outbreak of disease by providing safe water and critical sanitation support. Hundreds of thousands of displaced people need urgent humanitarian assistance now - including children and women who are forced to be out in the open, huddled in groups with no food, safe water, or shelter.”
Save the planet and get paid 8000€, APPLICATION DEADLINE 30.3.2015
So this articles is really overdue but it's not too late for you to get involved. In short the PiP programme is a work exchange program for professionals working in the field of climate change. The programme is outlined below with the domestic placement, lasting one month, will be in the region that you're in and Finland is hosting it for the first time this year. The regional placement, again for one month is generally in one of the Climate-KIC partner cities. Including some training workshops and an additional group work it's at minimum 2.5 months of work.
The payoff is that you become familiar and part of a huge EU-wide network working on climate change issues. Costs are also covered up to 8000€! The programme goes both ways so companies can send workers on this amazing experience or host pioneers to help them.
Jason (our chairman) was a part of this 2014 and he had this to say: "It was awesome - a real growth experience for me. I'd just graduated and was looking to grow my start-up. I met lots of like minded people and got to practice and learn new skills. It's great that PiP isn't just a work placement - you are the climate expert that's going in to help these companies and research institutes and I really felt like it. I love working in the places I travel to because you really get to know the people and the city. I highly recommend it to pioneers and hosts. If you have any questions feel free to contact me @ 040-2163939 (FI)"
A global event & hackathon exploring the Open Source Circular Economy_ June 11-15th
How joyful it is to find out that this summer there's an event with the same agenda as Looploop. Hopefully this will be our chance to look at how we can opensource our ideas and collarborate with local parnters in and around Helsinki. We are (hopefully) collaborating with students from Aalto University's Creative Sustainability department. More information coming soon.
Counting energy consumption of streetlights and tea cups
It seems like everyday a new product is revealed promising to scratch an itch that you didn't know you had. Sometimes it's relevant because we are unaware of our ignorance and new technology may solve problems we never identified as such because there was no alternative. Sometimes that itch is better left alone because scratching will only make it worse. Often it's an issue of marketing or how the problem is presented. This inductive water heater called Miitois designed to heat up only the water that you need for a single cup of tea (or a teapot).
In the promo video they quote a study claiming that most people heat more water than they need and the cumulative wasted energy is equivalent to all the street lighting for all of Britain - daily. I decided to count the numbers just to get an idea of how much energy we are talking about and how relevant this claim is. A few simple calculations turned into a whole poster.
Showerloop is the first of several domestic technologies we are creating to greatly reduce the demand for natural resources. The average 10 minute shower = 100 litres of water & 3.5 kWh for heating energy which is enough energy to charge a smartphone 700 times. Showerloop filters, purifies and loops the water in real time so you can shower for as long as you want without wasting resources. Overall the system decreases water consumption by 90% and heating by 80% compared to the average shower.
We began working on the prototype as early as 2011 and have our 3rd prototype being tested. We're trying to commercialize our approach to what is a popular idea today, as there are several competitors that are already selling their versions of a recycling shower. Our one is still the most cost-effective. Find out more
>> Information laced with semi-original thoughts on circular systems
Welcome to looploop where nothing stays the same, just like the real world. The world is in a constant state of flux. While some things are renewed, others are not. Here we study and hopefully provide insights on how humans can live sustainable lives in tune with nature. While our focus is on circular systems we also look at new and old social and technological systems.
>> We are an NGO
We're a small group that's dedicated to brining new cool stuff to the world. We do everything on a shoestring budget, which is both good and bad. We can't do all the amazing stuff that we'd like to show you (yet) but this also means that anything we come up with can be reproduced simply and cost effectively.
by sending 15€ to 140030-131654 or International: FI84 1400 3000 1316 54 BIC code: NDEAFIHH. Add your name and e-mail in the message section. Members get a Looploop goody bag with stickers and other fun stuff as well as discounts to our events. All the collected money goes towards material costs of Showerloop and all our spending is reported on!