Cyclone Pam tears through South Pacific; Vanuatu reports catastrophic damage, Kiribati flooded

March 16, 2015 by  
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Photo © Humans of Vanuatu Cyclone Pam, a 168mph storm which hit the South Pacific Friday and Saturday (March 13-14th), has been described as a ‘worst case scenario’ for the archipelago of Vanuatu. The storm lingered over the region for some 24 hours with the force of a category 5 storm. Vanuatu’s President Baldwin Lonsdale told media that the storm has “wiped out” all recent development and that “everything” will have to be rebuilt, while humanitarian aid is desperately and urgently needed. The low-lying island nation of Kiribati , which has already experienced devastating flooding in recent weeks is also reported to have sustained significant damage. Read the rest of Cyclone Pam tears through South Pacific; Vanuatu reports catastrophic damage, Kiribati flooded Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aid work , australia , category 5 , cyclone pam , Disaster Relief , flooding , hospitals , housing , humanitarian , New Zealand , port-vila , schools , south pacific , storm , vanuatu

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

September 23, 2013 by  
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In my last column for The Biomimicry Manual , I mentioned the way the sea snake keeps herself clean of barnacles and algae by shedding her skin. Keeping surfaces clean is a huge challenge and a big industry. It’s a problem that comes up in nature all the time. Think about it: we have to dust to keep our home surfaces clean, but a plant can’t do that. But they need to let in maximum sunlight. They just can’t afford to be grungy! Lots of creatures deal with this same issue for all kinds of reasons. How do they do it? Can we learn better ways to stay clean from them? Read on to find out! Read the rest of The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antibiotic resistant bacteria , biomimicry , Butterfly Wing biomimicry , butterfly wings , cargo ship , cleaning boat hull , Coconut , green shipping , hospitals , lotus leaf , lotusan , morpho butterfly , nanosphere , pitcher plant technology , self-cleaning , self-cleaning cars , self-cleaning solar panels , self-cleaning windows , sharklet , sharkskin , Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surface (SLIPS) , SLIPS        

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Spencer Finch’s Glass Curtain Brings Color and Healing to Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital

April 9, 2012 by  
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Israel’s Hula Visitor Center Offers Breathtaking Vantage Points for Birdwatching

April 9, 2012 by  
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For Hospitals to be Green, Patient Rooms Must Be Right?Sized

September 7, 2011 by  
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Photo Credit: BBH Design – West Facade During Construction When’s the last time you questioned the design practices hospitals? Never? Well, you should – of all the building types in the world, hospitals should be a symbol of good health, sustainability, and wellness. But they are not. On average, it takes between five to ten years for a facility to go from the drawing board to its grand opening. The question is how to design the most state-of-the-art facility today so it will still be state-of-t… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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