Lighting the way after a natural disaster…and more

How an unhealthy and greedy diet causes climate change, natural disasters and hunger

Diets are changing globally and have done so rapidly in most high-income countries, like the UK, over the past 50 years. This dietary transition is now happening in most cities of the global south, the nations of Africa, Central and Latin America and most of Asia, where people’s habits are changing from a traditional plant-based diet (which is healthier and lower in greenhouse gas emissions) to a diet that is high in processed, energy dense convenience foods (rich in fat and sugar, but poor in nutrients). This includes widespread consumption of sweetened bottled drinks; which are easily available and cheap, even in the most remote parts of the world….


Lighting the way after a natural disaster


Penn State mechanical engineering juniors Emily Burke and Joe Consoli were part of a team that took first place in the 2015 MDX+PSU+US Innovation Challenge. Six teams participated in this year’s contest, which was held as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The challenge charged students with defining a problem or need in one of four categories: green technology, social entrepreneurship, “in-the-home” and transportation; developing and validating a solution concept; and preparing a final three-minute video presentation. Schreyer Scholars Burke and Consoli, along with Evelina Jasiukajc and Shantanu Mujumdar from Middlesex University, London (MDX), and Tea Mraovic and Nikola Pepur from the University of Split (US), Croatia, proposed Pedal Pack, a device that uses human power to generate light. Consoli explained, “A person sits on a bike seat, collapses the seat to a comfortable position and pedals. The energy that is generated…


Humanitarian crises and disasters risk: 2016 INFORM global assessment now available

Assessment results on the risk of humanitarian crises and disasters in 2016 for 191 nations were released today. The analyses were carried out by applying the Index for Risk Management – INFORM, an open-source risk assessment tool designed to support decisions about crisis and disaster prevention, preparedness and response. The index was designed by a partnership of international organisations and governments, including the JRC. The international team working with INFORM has also released its strategy for taking the same risk assessment process and methodology to regional and national level. From 2016, INFORM Subnational will support local partners…


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