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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Spectacular luxury treehouses in Tuscany let you sleep above lavender-covered hills

June 14, 2016 by  
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Surrounded by 12 hectares of lavender hills, Suite Bleue offers spectacular views that can be enjoyed from an outdoor terrace. Despite its rustic appearance, the 44-square-meter treehouse offers luxury accommodations , from its four-poster double bed and spacious bathroom to a stocked fridge with champagne, sparkling wine, and more. Related: Historic stone stable in Tuscany hides a beautiful contemporary interior The treehouse is accessible via a spiral staircase. Farmhouse La Piantata also offers other accommodation options, including the 87-square-meter Black Cabin raised on stilts . You can book a night at the treehouse on the La Piantata website . + La Piantata Via Fubiz Images via La Piantata

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Syrian refugees at Za’atari camp restore destroyed cultural heritage in miniature

January 12, 2016 by  
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EPA finally admits popular insecticide threatens honeybees

January 12, 2016 by  
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The Environmental Protection Agency has just released a report reaffirming what researchers have been saying for years: neonicotinoid pesticides are devastating America’s bee population. The report singles out one widely-used pesticide, imidacloprid, as posing a particular risk. The danger to bees is so high, the agency wrote in a recent statement, it may consider restricting or limiting the use of the chemical by the end of the year. Read the rest of EPA finally admits popular insecticide threatens honeybees

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IKEA Launches Program to Bring Solar-Powered Light to 10 Million Refugees

February 4, 2014 by  
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There are nearly 10.5 million refugees around the world, and nearly half of them are children. When the sun sets, many of these people displaced by either environmental or political catastrophe live in the dark, which curbs their ability to conduct everyday functions like using the toilet, studying and doing income-producing work. To address this enormous energy shortfall, IKEA and the UN refugee agency United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) recently announced that they are launching a new program called Brighter Lives for Refugees that brings solar-powered lamps to refugee camps. Read the rest of IKEA Launches Program to Bring Solar-Powered Light to 10 Million Refugees Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Antonio guterres , Brighter Lives for Refugees , ikea , IKEA foundation , IKEA LEDARE LED bub , improving power supply , indoor lanterns , lighting for refugee camps , making refugee camps safer , primary school education in refugee camps , solar street lamps , solar-powered lamps , unhcr , United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees        

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IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing

December 17, 2013 by  
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Earlier this year, Scandinavian flat pack furniture masters IKEA unveiled an easily deployable solar-powered shelter that can provide sturdy, safe housing in an emergency. Designed in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees , the shelters are ideal for situations such as the ongoing mass displacement of individuals fleeing from the war in Syria. However, as many Syrian refugees enter Lebanon, the Lebanese government has been hesitant to approve the use of the IKEA shelters for fear that they might prove too permanent . Now, after six months of negotiations, the IKEA housing will finally be available to Syrians in Lebanon, but they may not be ready in time to protect many from the harsh winter. Read the rest of IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Emergency housing , emergency shelter , humanitarian design , ikea , lebanon , refugee camp , Refugee Housing , shelter , Solar Power , sustainable design , Syria , syrian war , unhcr , united nations refugee        

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