People living in informal settlements across the world often go to dangerous lengths to secure clean water and electricity. A new skylight can provide both - safely, using just seawater and sunlight.
Creating a cloud inside a shipping container, powered by renewable energy - the winner of the Water Abundance XPrize beat off 97 other teams to win 1.5 million USD to develop their innovative technology that "makes water out of thin air".
The beginning of 2011 has been devastating in regions of Australia, Brazil, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka where large scale floods have caused hundreds of deaths and left thousands displaced or homeless. International aid has come from hundreds of organizations and independent relief efforts, providing flood victims with food, shelter, and most importantly water.
The best-designed plans for the building and maintenance of public toilets in India seem to come undone. But the argument that the pay-per-use model popularised by Sulabh is the only workable one is superficial and unrealistic in a country where millions are denied their right to basic services like clean water and sanitation, says Kalpana Sharma