Human Relief Efforts

Philippe Starck Unveils an Awesome Pop-Up Multimedia Library for Refugees

Philippe Starck Unveils an Awesome Pop-Up Multimedia Library for Refugees

According to PSFK, Patrick Weil, the Chairman of Libraries Without Borders, never worked with a designer before, but has heard of Philippe Starck. So he sent a letter without much hope and the French

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Google Buys Solar-Powered Drone Manufacturer Titan Aerospace to Boost Internet Access in Third World Countries

Google Buys Solar-Powered Drone Manufacturer Titan Aerospace to Boost Internet Access in Third World Countries

3D printing may be all the rage in design, but for Big Tech, drones are where the money is. On Monday, web giant Google beat out Facebook in a race to acquire Titan Aerospace, a solar-powered drone

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Hey Gardeners! Consider Planting an Extra Row for the Hungry This Year

Hey Gardeners! Consider Planting an Extra Row for the Hungry This Year

It's estimated that one in eight people suffers from hunger and malnutrition, which means that all around the world, millions of people—including children—go hungry each and every day. That means that

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Shigeru Ban’s Kirinda Housing Project Helps a Sri Lankan Village Swept Away by the 2004 Tsunami

Shigeru Ban’s Kirinda Housing Project Helps a Sri Lankan Village Swept Away by the 2004 Tsunami

After consulting with locals about the preferred layout of their new micro homes, Ban designed the 31 square meter homes with a bathroom and kitchen that is separated by the living area. This last

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Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

The Exo Shelter is inspired by the humble coffee cup - a sturdy, stackable, insulated object that is easily transported and utilized to deliver life-saving sustenance. Turn that coffee cup upside down and

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All-Terrain Extreme Weather Rescue Vehicles Could Save Lives During Natural Disasters

All-Terrain Extreme Weather Rescue Vehicles Could Save Lives During Natural Disasters

Designer Phil Pauley has come up with a series of Extreme Weather Rescue Vehicles that could navigate through deep floodwaters and around physical obstacles, unlike conventional trucks and emergency

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Leapfrog Project: Living Art Installations Could Bring Light and Hope to Typhoon-Ravaged Philipines Town

Leapfrog Project: Living Art Installations Could Bring Light and Hope to Typhoon-Ravaged Philipines Town

The Leapfrog Project is an initiative to rebuild the city of Tacloban, Philipines, which was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Initiated by Atelier Lira Luis, the project seeks to set up ten

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Mobile Network in a Backpack Restores Communication After Disasters

Mobile Network in a Backpack Restores Communication After Disasters

One of the most frightening aspects of a natural disaster can be the toll it takes on communication infrastructure. The inability of survivors to contact friends or family, call for help, or give details

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IKEA Launches Program to Bring Solar-Powered Light to 10 Million Refugees

IKEA Launches Program to Bring Solar-Powered Light to 10 Million Refugees

There are nearly 10.5 million refugees around the world, and nearly half of them are children. When the sun sets, many of these people displaced by either environmental or political catastrophe live in

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Self-Powered Cyborg Cockroaches Could Locate Disaster Victims

Self-Powered Cyborg Cockroaches Could Locate Disaster Victims

Cockroaches are not everyone’s cup of tea, but a recent development by a team of Japanese scientists may change the way you look at the virtually indestructible creepy-crawlies. Osaka University and the

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Cambodian-American Protester Sews Dollar Bills for 8 Hours Outside of an NYC H&M

Cambodian-American Protester Sews Dollar Bills for 8 Hours Outside of an NYC H&M

While other New Yorkers tried to minimize their time outdoors last week, Cambodian-American artist Kat Eng sat in front of an NYC H&M for a whopping 8 hours. With the goal of raising awareness for

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Hungarian Town Flooded by Toxic Red Sludge Re-Emerges as a Model Green Town

Hungarian Town Flooded by Toxic Red Sludge Re-Emerges as a Model Green Town

On October 4, 2010, the Hungarian town of Devecser woke up to a landscape soaked in toxic red sludge from a nearby alumina plant reservoir that had burst. The crimson flood of the caustic byproduct of

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High-Tech Farm Aims to Reclaim Fukushima’s Contaminated Soil for Crops

High-Tech Farm Aims to Reclaim Fukushima’s Contaminated Soil for Crops

 Image © Shutterstock Construction has just begun on a futuristic farming project in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture. A combination farm and solar park, the Renewable Energy Village will contain 120

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Brad Pitt Promises to Make it Right with Rotting New Orleans Homes

Brad Pitt Promises to Make it Right with Rotting New Orleans Homes

Some of the homes built by actor Brad Pitt’s Make it Right foundation, a non-profit responsible for constructing 100 homes in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, are beginning to rot despite being only

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6 Ways You Can Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

6 Ways You Can Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS  The International Medical Corps focuses on infection control and deployed a team of medical personnel and sanitation experts to respond immediately to the disaster. The

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Life Box: An Air-Droppable Pop-Up Recovery Shelter For Victims Of Natural Disasters

Life Box: An Air-Droppable Pop-Up Recovery Shelter For Victims Of Natural Disasters

Life Box is an air-droppable, rapid-response emergency shelter that can be quickly inflated to provide housing for four people. The Red Dot Award-winning shelter contains supplies to provide relief to

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iLab Haiti Relief Project 3D-Prints Direly Needed Medical Supplies On Demand

iLab Haiti Relief Project 3D-Prints Direly Needed Medical Supplies On Demand

3D printing is great for homes because it can let you print just about any plastic object you crave. But in Haiti, which is still recovering from a devastating earthquake, the technology has a more urgent

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WakaWaka Provides Portable Solar Power to Syrian Refugees

WakaWaka Provides Portable Solar Power to Syrian Refugees

An estimated 6.8 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes due to the ongoing civil war, which has claimed over 100,000 lives since 2011. With many refugees struggling to find access to

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Voltac Launches BOGO Solar Charger Campaign to Help the Philippines

Voltac Launches BOGO Solar Charger Campaign to Help the Philippines

Voltaic Systems, manufacturer of solar chargers for smartphones, laptops and other electronic equipment, just launched a BOGO (Buy One Give One) campaign to help residents of Philippines whose lives were

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8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

8 Innovative Emergency Shelters for When Disaster Strikes

IKEA Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelter This flat pack, easy to transport shelter was developed in collaboration between the IKEA Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR).

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Red Cross Maps Super Typhoon Haiyan’s Destruction to Show What Storms Do to Our Cities

Red Cross Maps Super Typhoon Haiyan’s Destruction to Show What Storms Do to Our Cities

It's been years since I've seen the movie Twister, but one of Helen Hunt's final lines haunts me to this day: “You haven’t seen it miss this house, and miss that house, and come after you.” She's

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10,000 Feared Dead in the Wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan

10,000 Feared Dead in the Wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan

Rescue workers are struggling to reach towns and villages in the central Philippines following the assault of super typhoon Haiyan on the region. Preliminary reports estimate that at least 10,000 people

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The World’s First Anti-Malaria Vaccine Could be Available by 2015

The World’s First Anti-Malaria Vaccine Could be Available by 2015

Image © Shutterstock Just months after Sanaria researchers created the world's first malaria vaccine, UK drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has made a similar breakthrough in its own large-scale Phase III

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Scientists Discover Blueprint for World’s First Universal Flu Vaccine

Scientists Discover Blueprint for World’s First Universal Flu Vaccine

Image © Shutterstock One of the major challenges in fighting influenza worldwide is how rapidly the virus evolves -- new strains of the disease emerge every year, rendering older vaccines ineffective.

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UNICEF Study Warns Children Will be Hit Hardest by Climate Change

UNICEF Study Warns Children Will be Hit Hardest by Climate Change

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has released a report that reveals the world's children are most at risk from the effects of global warming. More than 600 million children who live in the 10

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New Device Saves Disaster Victims by Detecting Heartbeats Through Rubble

New Device Saves Disaster Victims by Detecting Heartbeats Through Rubble

The Department of Homeland Security and NASA have teamed up to create a new technology capable of detecting the heartbeats of disaster victims through up to 30 feet of rubble, 20 feet of solid concrete,

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8 Years After Katrina Strikes, the Gulf Coast Shores up for Future Storms

8 Years After Katrina Strikes, the Gulf Coast Shores up for Future Storms

Thursday August 29, 2013 marks the eighth anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina's ripped into Louisiana, devastating the Gulf Coast and killing over 1,800 people. Nearly a decade later, as residents

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8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

Ecological Urinal The Ecological Urinal was created as a solution for places like Uganda's capital, Kampala, where on average, 1,000 people have to share the same toilet. The make-shift urinal is an

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Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

A reciprocal frame is a self-supporting system of beams or poles that require not center pole or support beam. In a reciprocal system, each pole relies on the pole beneath it for support and can be built

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Nendo Designs ‘Coffee Beer’ Bottles to Raise Money for Earthquake and Tsunami Reconstruction

Nendo Designs ‘Coffee Beer’ Bottles to Raise Money for Earthquake and Tsunami Reconstruction

Coffee and Beer lovers have something to look forward to. Japanese brewery Sekinoichi is adding coffee beans to its beer during the brewing process to accentuate the taste of beer, resulting in a rich,

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