24-year-old Yemeni engineer invents mini biogas plants for home use

January 17, 2018 by  
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Some villages in war-torn Yemen still don’t have electricity since the recent conflict started nearly two years ago, according to 24-year-old chemical engineering graduate Omer Badokhon speaking to Reuters . So he invented micro-scale biogas devices to transform trash into cleaner fuel , to combat indoor pollution and slash energy poverty. He was recently among the winners of the Young Champions of the Earth prize from United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and polymer company Covestro , winning $15,000 he plans to use to construct 50 to 80 units. Badokhon could tackle multiple issues Yemen faces with his small biogas devices. The country has faced the biggest cholera epidemic the World Health Organization has recorded, and Badokhon connects cholera with organic waste pollution in the country – which has only worsened during the war. He said in a video organic waste is the primary reason for the cholera, but that garbage could be turned into something useful to help the country with another issue: electricity woes. Related: Off-grid village with game-changing green solutions blooms in the Middle East Badokhon told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, “In some villages, electricity has not been restored since the conflict began in 2015. In Mukalla City where I now live, I remember how desperate I felt trying to complete university assignments by candlelight when power shuts down for four to six hours every day.” More than three million people still cook over open flames in Yemen, according to UNEP , and Badokhon said in another video women and child die each year because of exposure to smoke. His biogas devices will be built locally with fiberglass or plastic . They “enable the rapid decomposition of domestic organic waste, thereby maximizing the amount of biogas produced,” per UNEP. And the remains of the fermentation process are useful too; Badokhon said in a video they can serve as rich liquid fertilizer . During the upcoming eight months, according to Reuters, the devices will be tested in 1,500 rural houses in Sana’a, Ibb, Aden, Hadhramaut, Shabwa, and Taiz. In addition to the Young Champions of the Earth prize money, Badokhon also received $10,000 for research from Yemeni oil company PetroMasila. Via Reuters and the United Nations Environment Program ( 1 , 2 ) Images via the United Nations Environment Program

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Rare tropical cyclone threatens to drench Yemen and Oman with 8 years’ worth of rain

October 30, 2015 by  
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In the Arabian Sea, a storm of epic proportions is brewing, and it’s forecasted to bring record rains to Yemen and Oman. A tropical cyclone called Chapala is strengthening rapidly, and experts predict it will bring eight years’ worth of rain to coastal areas of the two countries. The extremely rare storm is evidence of shifting weather trends stemming from rising global temperatures, and meteorologists warn that this won’t be the last record-breaking storm on the books. Read the rest of Rare tropical cyclone threatens to drench Yemen and Oman with 8 years’ worth of rain

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Amazing SUPERLOCAL hairdryer made of glass and cork

October 30, 2015 by  
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This iconic desert tree is in danger because of climate change

October 30, 2015 by  
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Evidence of the devastating effects of climate change is surfacing every day, and recent research highlights a new casualty : the iconic Joshua tree. It seems the hardy desert plant, belonging to the yucca family, can easily face long periods without rainwater when they mature, yet the seedlings need more TLC (tender loving care) from the environment. The ongoing drought in Southern California and other parts of the southwest US is taking a toll on this otherwise resilient tree. Read the rest of This iconic desert tree is in danger because of climate change

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Architects Preserve 2,000-Year-Old Thula Fort in Yemen

May 2, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Architects Preserve 2,000-Year-Old Thula Fort in Yemen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Abdullah Al-Hadrami , aga khan award for architecture , ancient preservation , eco design , green design , Social Fund for Development , sustainable design , Thula , Thula Fort , yemen        

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Brand New Smoking Island Rises Out of the Red Sea

December 29, 2011 by  
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As island nations around the world look for solutions to stem rising sea levels due to climate change, a new land mass has spontaneously popped out of the Red Sea. The smoking hot island is acting as a real-time geographical lesson in how volcanic oceanic islands are formed — it is bubbling above the surface due to a recently active volcano. NASA captured the rising island (shown above) from their Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) – check out an image of the spot before the volcanic eruption after the jump. Read the rest of Brand New Smoking Island Rises Out of the Red Sea Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , earth architecture , global warming , how islands are formed , islands in the red sea , new islands , oceanic island , red sea , red sea islands , volcanic eruption , volcanic island , volcano , yemen

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Sanaa, Yemen to Become World’s First Capital City to Run Out of Water

February 17, 2010 by  
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Photo via Virtual Tourist An Entire Capitol City Drying Up A Yemeni water trader profiled in a recent Reuters investigation explains that even though his well is 1,300 ft deep, he’s hardly extracting any water at all. The same goes for wells that ar…

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