Monday, 27 September 2010

TPRF Videos For International Peace Day

Following my previous post, below you can see the two new videos from TPRF, which were streamed to a global audience on International Peace Day, earlier this week.

The first, Flame of Hope, chronicles the results of the first four years of the Food for People program, with facilities in India and Nepal.

The second, A Message of Peace, features Prem Rawat introducing his message that the way to lasting Peace in the world begins when we first find peace within ourselves.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Spray-On Solar Panels

A new spray-on solar film has been developed by EnSol AS, a Norwegian Company. The spray allows windows to generate solar power without clouding the view. Consisting of metal nanoparticles embedded in a transparent composite matrix, it can be easily sprayed on - and not just on glass - they can also be used on the rest of the house.

The coating would be built into the windows or other materials as part of the manufacturing process."`Lead researcher Christopher Binns of the University of Leicester said, "It could even be used on the roofs of cars to charge up batteries — although powering the vehicles themselves would probably be pushing it.

The cells achieve efficiencies of 20 percent (which is average) and the company claims they will be commercially available at a reasonable price by 2016.

Via:Daily Mail

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

WaterAid's Giant Poo Delivers Message In New York

On the eve of a critical UN Summit to review efforts to tackle world poverty, WaterAid let loose a giant poo on the streets of New York to highlight a global sanitation crisis responsible for 4,000 child deaths every day.

Diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor sanitation and unsafe water kill more children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. In Africa, diarrhoea is now the biggest killer of children under five. Some 2.6 billion people across the globe live with no access to a safe clean toilet.

WaterAid's Kate Norgrove said: "A giant poo at large on the streets of New York may seem like an odd way to get a serious message across, but sanitation is still such a taboo subject that getting world leaders to address the issue calls for drastic measures!"

Saturday, 18 September 2010

A Message Of Peace

For the International Day Of Peace on September 21 the new video from TPRF, A Message of Peace, has been included in the United Nations’ International Day of Peace Global Broadcast.

1st showing of A Message of Peace:
Saturday, September 18
8:00 AM PDT; 4 PM GMT
(A Message of Peace will follow a short video about the Food for People program.)

2nd showing of A Message of Peace:
Monday, September 20
3:30 AM PDT; 11:30 AM GMT

A Message of Peace will be broadcast on the United Nations’ website at the same times:

TPRF is participating alongside organizations such as UNICEF, Action Against Hunger, World Economic Forum, CARE, UN World Food Programme, The Peace Alliance, Amnesty International, and many others.

A Message of Peace will also be available on soon.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Eco Friendly Hemp House

In order to test its properties as a building material, researchers at the University of Bath have used hemp to build a first-of-its-kind hemp house. Called the ‘HemPod’, the one storey highly insulating structure has been built from the chopped woody core of the industrial hemp plant mixed with a specially developed lime-based binder.

The hemp traps air in the walls, creating excellent insulation, and the lime based binder holds the hemp together to make the building fire resistant. As it grows, the hemp absorbs carbon dioxide and the lime takes in even more of climate change gas, thereby effectively reducing the building’s carbon footprint.

Via: Bath

Friday, 10 September 2010

AirDrop House For Flood-Hit Areas

The AirDrop House is a sustainable housing solution for flood-hit areas which has been conceived by architect Andrew Maynard and his team. The tiny houses which are made from dried sponge-like material could be dropped onto affected areas by standard military aircraft.

As soon as they contact water these instant floating abodes expand up to a seven meters diameter from their original one-meter diameter. Slowly soaking up water, they swell into self-sustaining temporary houses. They come with embedded seeds that sprout over time to create a green roof, which becomes a food-producing covering.

To further waterproof and increase durability, the house can be rendered in available local materials, and each pod can be customized to allow different functions. These can then be assembled together to form complex local centres.

 If left unrendered, the house will very slowly decay until it completely breaks down to become a fertile crop bed. By this time, locals have had time to re-establish their home following disaster.

Via: Inhabitat

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Pakistan Floods Update

The area of Punjab is known as the land of 5 rivers, but the floods have turned it into one lake. Millions of acres of farmland have been laid waste. Watch the World Food Programme video below where Marco Frattini visits the area and meets a family living on the side of the road waiting for the waters to recede.

To help please visit the WFP site here.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Be Fulfilled

Image: YPI

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