Archive for the ‘People’ Category

Why There is Malnutrition in Guatemala

September 20, 2010

Source: Unicef Guatemala

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported 11,083 cases of acute malnutrition in the national health system and of those cases reported 56 children have died from poor nutrition.

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Sugata Mitra: Can kids teach themselves?

September 7, 2010

Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” experiments have shown that, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest.

Why Water

August 5, 2010

Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.
charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We use 100% of public donations to directly fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person clean water for 20 years.

Source:  charity: water.org

Imagine Leadership

October 27, 2009

Nitin Nohria and Amanda Pepper of Harvard Business School’s Leadership Initiative collaborated with XPLANE to create this video in order to generate a discussion of the value and importance of leadership

World Food Programme

October 16, 2009

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How we can make a difference…

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Gapminder

July 7, 2009

A great application that is preloaded with statistical and historical data about the development of the countries of the world.

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Global Hertitage Fund – MIRADOR

January 29, 2009

mirador_3d_6101Mirador Archaeological and Wildlife Preserve is a proposed 525,100 acre protected area located in the heart of the Maya Biosphere in northern Guatemala. Mirador is home to the earliest and largest Preclassic Maya archeological sites in Mesoamerica, including the largest pyramid in the world- La Danta. Experts describe the Mirador as the Cradle of Maya Civilization.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the Maya Biosphere has lost 70% of its forests in the last ten years. Establishment of the Mirador Archaeological and Wildlife Preserve is our last chance to protect the last remaining forests of the Maya Biosphere from total environmental catastrophe (see cover showing 2000-2005 fires in red).

Global Heritage Fund (GHF) is working with the Guatemalan government, community leaders, the Foundation for Anthropological Research and Environmental Studies (FARES) and the U.S. Department of the Interior, to create an economically sustainable park based on the successful model of nearby Tikal National Park.

GHF’s primary conservation goals for Mirador are:

1. Establish a 525,100 acre archaeological and wildlife preserve
2. Secure UNESCO World Heritage designation
3. Become a sustainable protected area within 10 years

Source: GHF 

UTPMP Guatemala

December 17, 2008

This past weekend I had the opportunity to be a volunteer in “Un techo para mi Pais” and I wanted to share my experience with you guys.

More than one hundred volunteers showed up for the event.  Our objective was to build 20 wooden houses for the people of Palencia, Guatemala. In order to achieve this we were dividend in two camps and then divided into teams of 5 to 6 persons. Each team was responsible of building their house with the new home owners, who welcome us to their ordinary house and treated us like another family member.

They shared their amazing stories about their lives, their work and their family…truly exceptional people who can teach us a great deal about life and who deserve a worthy home.

Now I want to share some gratifying moments:  

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The Green Wall of China

May 6, 2008

Gobi DesertThe Green Wall of China or Green Great Wall is a project to plant 2,800 miles of forest strips across the northwest rim of China skirting the Gobi Desert. It is consider one of the biggest ecological projects in history. The project will take 73-years of forestation and will cost 96.2 billion over the next decade.

The Director of the State Administration of Forestry, Zhou Shenxian, said “The project will greatly reduce the sandstorm thread to Beijing, upon completion.” The Gobi Desert has been taking grassland over the year, which is a great threat to China agriculture economy. 

 

Some Examples o Environmental Engineering

1996

Italian army blows up 15,000 pounds of explosives to block lava flowing from Mount Etna to villages below.

1999
Mexico City installs 20,000 air filters on streetlights in the smog-choked central district.

US approves an $8 billion project to rechannel a river as part of reengineering the 4 million-acre Florida Everglades.

Los Angeles builds a massive ground-based sprinkler system to control dust pollution in nearby Owens Valley.

2001
New York City Transit dumps some 1,000 subway cars in the ocean off Delaware and South Carolina to serve as artificial reefs.

2002
Construction begins on Italy’s $3 billion plan to build hinged dams around Venice to keep the city from sinking.

2003
First generators go online at China’s Three Gorges Dam, a $24 billion project that will provide 18.2 million kilowatts of power by 2009.

Source: WIRED, BBC News

 

 

 

Gorlov Helical Turbine

March 3, 2008

The Gorlov Helical Turbine (GHT)developed by Alexander Gorlov, a Russian civil engineer, is a newly developed technology that provides a reliable source of electricity by extracting kinetic energy form flowing water.

 Whats most important is that GHT is not as expensive as wind or hydro turbines. Also, has great advantages:

  • No flooding from dams
  •  Minimal obstructions of water flows
  • Reliable
  • Low cost, etc.

It is a great alternative!  Take a look at this example:

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 Project Goal: Use Tidal Energy to generate electricity.

Scenario: In the amazon, rural residents are not able to access power lines due to their locations. The only options available to the are solar panels and diesel generator.

 Equipment Needed:

The Helical Turbine rotates on a shaft with a pulley that runs an alternator by means of belt. The alternators chargers batteries when used off the grid.

Results:

  • Accessible Technology
    • About 90% of Tide Energy stations can be built using locally available labor, materials, and equipment.
    • Only the technically refined helical turbine blades are outside components

Benefits:

  • Sufficient to meet basic need of 10 households.