World’s largest solar plant in a refugee camp opens in Jordan

November 14, 2017 by  
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The world’s largest solar plant found in a refugee camp has begun operations at the Za’atari Refugee Camp in north Jordan , near the Syrian border. The project, which cost $17.5 million, was funded by the German government and will provide power for up to 14 hours per day. The newly available solar energy at Za’atari will be used by more than 80,000 residents to charge phones, contact families outside of the camp, and power refrigeration, lights, fans and televisions. With this power comes greater security for the residents of the camp. “That allows the children to continue their studies, and also (for) the safety of women and young girls to go about. Camp life will be made much easier,” said Stefano Severe, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative in Jordan, according to Reuters . The new solar plant , which consists of 40,000 solar panels, will reduce carbon emissions of the camp by 13,000 tons per year and will save $5.5 million annually, which will then be reinvested back into the refugee community. Access to electricity, taken for granted in many countries, has a transformative power in the daily life of residents at a refugee camp. “When we have electricity during the day, our children can stay home, they don’t go out in this weather and play in the dust and mud,” said Anwar Hussein, a Syrian refugee who fled Damascus five years ago and has been living in Za’atari ever since. Related: SOLARKIOSK E-HUBBs put goods, services, and power back into Africa’s hands Although Za’atari may boast the world’s largest solar plant at a refugee camp , it is certainly not a unique feature. Solar energy is increasingly being used to provide power to displaced communities across the globe. For example, in nearby Azraq, an area of Jordan that once hosted magnificent wetlands that have since largely dried up, a 2-megawatt solar plant provides the electricity needs for two villages of 20,000 Syrian refugees. The Azraq plant opened in May as the world’s first solar plant in a refugee camp. Via Thomas Reuters Foundation / UNHCR Images via UNHCR/Yousef Al Hariri

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Mayor born in Syria converts abandoned Greek resort into a sanctuary for refugees

June 14, 2016 by  
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Now LM Village’s 38 bungalows are filled with two families each. About 320 refugees are staying there as they wait to find more permanent homes. The Greek Defence Ministry worked to make the resort habitable again. They renovated rundown buildings and outfitted the area with electricity and drinking water. The refugees have helped clean up the resort and maintain it. They dwell in brightly painted two story apartment homes, have a place to cook traditional food, and can spend time at the beach. Related: Temporary (SLICE) Refugee Hospitality Center is carved into a coastal cliff in Greece Morad is the first naturalized Greek citizen born in Syria to be elected in Greece. He at first sent clothing donations to the refugee camp at Idomeni, but felt it wasn’t enough and organized the approval and re-opening of LM Village. Now lawyers visit LM Village to provide free consultations. The new inhabitants of the resort wait for opportunities to interview with the Greek Asylum Service so they can find more permanent homes. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that ” more than a dozen ” have already moved out of LM Village, headed for new homes in Portugal. While the refugees wait for housing, they have access to a school and library set up by the Red Cross, as well as donated food. UNHCR said that they are setting up a “prayer space” for Ramadan and a “food distribution system.” Former restaurant owner Tarek Al-Felou lives in a bungalow with his wife Kindra, two children, and another family. They fled their home near Damascus and are now living in LM Village. Tarek told UNHCR, “In this place we try to forget we are refugees. We can pretend we’re on holiday.” Kindra told UNHCR, “Here, of course, is better than the other camps…Still, this is temporary. We are still looking for stability.” Via UNHCR Images courtesy of UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis

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United Nations signs on to bring 10,000 flat packed IKEA shelters to refugees world wide

March 25, 2015 by  
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Kiyoshi Mino’s startlingly realistic felt sculptures blow taxidermy away

March 25, 2015 by  
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Curing Car Vs. Cyclist Road Wars With A New Rule: "Just Don’t Steal The Right-Of-Way"

August 18, 2011 by  
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Photo Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious via flickr and Creative Commons license. Though a world-class cycling city, Portland lacks a bike share system similar to those in other great cycling cities such as Minneapolis, Montreal, Paris, Barcelona. Though bike sharing is considered to be important to attract new cyclists onto the lanes, lack of funds has hampered planning efforts. At first, 2011 seemed to be the year the city of Portland would fund bike sharing. But then, as a vote neared, opposition arose from Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who claimed she couldn’t support funding bike sharing due… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Canada Mothballs High-Tech Oil Spill Detecting, Arctic Ice Monitoring Planes

January 14, 2011 by  
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photo: sbamueller / Creative Commons Last December Canada’s Commissioner for the Environment and Sustainable Development admitted that the nation is badly prepared to handle an oil spill . Yet, according to a new article in TheStar.com Environment Canada has now mothballed … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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NYC Rolls Out Real-Time Water Metering

July 16, 2010 by  
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This past Monday, New York City’s Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway initiated a city-wide tracking system that will help consumers and businesses monitor their water usage in real time.

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Katie Couric, Eric Schlosser, and David Kessler Discuss the Food System

February 19, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Grist Recently, Katie Couric sat down with Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation , and former FDA Commissioner David Kessler to discuss the state of the food system in the United States. As Grist reports , much of the conversation revolved—for better or worse—around obesity…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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What are the Top 5 Cities for Clean Energy Jobs?

February 19, 2010 by  
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Photo via Ning We talk a lot about the growing economic importance of the clean energy sector , the employment opportunities it will provide, etc–hell, so does pretty much everyone these days. But there still seems to be a bit of a perceived disconnect between the concept of clean energy jobs or green jobs and their actual existence: they seem like something that perpetually linger on the horizon,…

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5,000 Amazing New Undersea Species Discovered in Marine Census (Pics)

February 19, 2010 by  
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Photo via the BBC The decade-long project of completing an exhaustive census of marine life is finally drawing to a close. And from the early reports, it’s been quite a success: the Census of Marine life has been reported to have uncovered no less than 5,000 new species, and it has provided vital information about the health of sea life populations . We’ll have to wait until October of this year to get the full report, but here’s a look at some of the bizar..

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