World Resilience NEWS

Pod-like Survival Capsule protects those who can’t flee a tsunami

tsunami-survival-capsule-537x402While the rest of us watched in horror as tens of thousands died in the tsunamis of 2004 and 2011, two Seattle aerospace designers felt compelled to build a shelter that could protect people from such devastating natural disasters. Since 2011, Julian Sharpe and Scott Hill have actively developed Survival Capsule, a range of pod-like disaster shelters for between two and ten people. While the pair are at pains to note that evacuating is the best plan in such an emergency, the capsules are particularly intended for the very young, the elderly and the infirm who cannot so readily escape…


Meet Grillo, an early warning system for earthquakes that only costs $50

In Seattle, it’s not a question of if, it’s the question of when the next big earthquake will hit. Perhaps this little system will be in place before then. Grillo, developed in Mexico City to better detect earthquakes, is an advance warning system that its creators are hoping will save lives and reduce damages around the world — and at a much lower cost than more complicated advance-warning systems like the one in Japan. Grillo, which means “cricket,” is an in-home alarm system that gives people up to two minutes of warning before an earthquake hits and costs about $50. The technology combines linking data from existing sensors and distributing it through the cloud…


Singapore Committed to Become Greenest Capital of the World

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who chairs the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change, said yesterday that, “for a very small country with limited alternative energy options, the stabilisation of our emissions with the aim of peaking around 2030 requires serious efforts by everyone”. Singapore’s greenhouse gas emissions amounted to 46.83 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2010. The country plans to cap the figure at about 65 million tonnes by around 2030, and stop any more increases…


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