Monday, 31 August 2009
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Monday, 24 August 2009
The Stockholm Water Foundation and the Stockholm International Water Institute awarded 18-year-old Ceren Burcak Dag of Nisantasi, Turkey the 2009 Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Cerek won the honour for developing an innovative method for generating energy through piezoelectric pulses from falling raindrops.
The young woman competed with a record-breaking field of more than 8600 projects from around the world. The award ceremony was held at the 2009 World Water Week which was held in Stockholm from 16 - 22 August.
The World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual meeting place for the planet’s most urgent water-related issues. Organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), it brings together experts, practitioners, decision makers and leaders from around the globe to exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions.
The jury also awarded Diplomas of Excellence to Emily Elhacham of Israel and Mary Zhao of Canada (seen below with Ceren Burcak Dag) for their respective projects Detecting water contamination chemical sensors using metal nanoparticle networks and Grasping water: A novel method of inducing precipitation using the Ice Nucleating Protein.
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
You can also watch this short video Delivering Aid Despite The Risks
Thursday, 6 August 2009
Amazing! These guys from Brooklyn, New York have started their own Truck Farm! Not what you'd normally think of as a green vehicle, but they use a 1986 Dodge Ram to grow rows of vegetables. They call themselves Wicked Delicate and they're producing a series of music video shorts with lyrics. Watch this short 'teaser'.
Getting Truck Farm started, holes had to be drilled into the bed for drainage. Alive Structures, an NYC-based company that specializes in rainwater management helped with a root barrier, erosion blanket, drainage mat and cups which are usually reserved for green roofs. Last, but not least, the soil that lies in Truck Farm’s bed is not just regular dirt - it is a special lightweight blend of styrofoam, gel, organics, and clay.
A truck that drives your veggies to customers to pluck straight out of the soil with their own hands!
You can watch the whole series of Wicked Delicate shorts here. Below is Episode 1. The music's great, too!
Saturday, 1 August 2009
I've just started helping to raise money for the World Food Programme with SocialVibe. SocialVibe is a network where you can choose a cause and a sponsor, who donates money to your cause depending on the number of points you make.
There are a variety of causes to choose from, related to Hunger & Poverty, Environment, Peace & Human Rights, Animals etc. Once you have chosen what you would like to support, you choose a sponsor from the list given. Finally, you create a badge which you can place on your site or social network pages. You can see mine for WFP below and on the left sidebar.
You get points from people visiting through your badge and from a number of other ways on the site itself. All these points translate into hard cash, which your sponsor donates to your cause. It seems a really great way to raise money, and SocialVibe was the Blogger's Choice Winner, Non-Profit Causes and People's Choice Runner Up, Non-Profit Causes in the 2009 Mashable Open Web Awards.
symposio invites you to SocialVibe.com