Millions of the poorest people in the Philippines live without electricity.
Many are informal settlers who connect themselves to power sources illegally, often leading to fires breaking out in their homes and to the rest the cost is often to much.
Now, a new and cheap solar-light idea is providing an answer for a growing number of Filipinos, the project is being run by MyShelter Foundation who plan to run the idea out to over 1 million homes – looks like a bright idea to me (sorry 😉 ).
An amazing view of earth in this time-lapse video taken from the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night.
The movie was made up of data from Nasa and begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica.
Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line) and the stars of our galaxy.
This video shows Gregory Lincoln Kloehn and his new abode which he has crafted out of an old dumpster(skip). It’s very compact but he does seem to have incorporated a few home comforts in there, you can find out more on his facebook page.
This cctv footage shows some guys walking around Leeds city centre in the hat which was created by Tony Broomhead local architect and artist following an idea from his wife, Aprille.
The hat has still not returned but Tony has made a replacement and 2 Cosy is now back outside Jamie Oliver’s restaurant in Leeds, until October.
Tony and Aprille Broomhead have also been busy on another project this time its all about ‘Pom Poms’ the idea started after the theft of Cosy 1, they have since been inundated with them after a request for people to send them as many as they could. They’ve had so many they have decided that they are going to build a ‘small house’ out of them when they have finished will post and let you have a look
What looks like a Segway challenger but a bit more compact the Solowheel is a self balancing electric unicycle that is basically a wheel and two foldable leg pads which uses gyroscope technology to help the rider control it by leaning forward or backward aka Segway Style.
The unit is powered by a 1000-Watt motor; it reclaims energy when going downhill or slowing down which is stored in the on board lithium battery. The unicycle costs £975 and will be available in the UK from next month, looks like an ingenuous way to get around and not as obtrusive as the Segway.
The Story of Bottled Water video which was released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand and how it gets Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. The film concludes with a call to take back the tap, not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all.
This video is to promote a new season from the BBC called “Superpower” which launches on 8 March, in the video “the people of the internet” are portrayed as extraterrestrial figure sending messages to the people of Earth, showing how important the internet has become to civilisation and its impact on how we live.