TAG: Developing countries

Alarming Facts About Water

water-facts

Whether it’s the hour-long showers folks in the U.S. take, or the bath-in-the-swamp many people are forced to endure in underdeveloped nations, water is an important commodity, never to be taken for granted. Here are some interesting facts and information about water and how it affects people around the globe. The Good Water is the main constituent in the human body, and forms 50-60% of body weight and approximately 75% of body volume. Water contains zero fat, proteins, carbs, or calories. The average person uses 465 litres of water per day. However, with education and practice, those numbers can be severely… read more

Energy Opportunity

Energy opportunity

Many African states have committed themselves to realising milestone development goals in the near future. Development is measured by using an array of indicators, these include having clean tap water, tar roads, and electricity amongst other things. When a vast majority of a country’s population has unhindered access to these amenities, it can be said that development is on an upward trajectory. The move towards development presents numerous opportunities for new technologies and renewable energy to be introduced in these countries. For instance, there are still many communities without electricity and electric power. An article in the Economist reports that… read more

Giving Green A Helping Hand

Giving Green a Helping Hand

One of the main consequences of climate change is that the world is being literally forced into finding alternatives to the way things have been done traditionally. Our consumption habits have particularly been challenged, because unlike in the past, our choices must be informed by our impact on the environment rather than the price at which goods or services are offered. This being the case, it will not be easy selling the “green living” philosophy to everyone. What informs spending habits differs from person to person, thus if the government is going to encourage green living there must be benefits… read more

The $6 Million Dollar Toilet

Reinvent the Toilet

Sanitation is still a major problem in many parts of the world, especially in developing countries. The World Health Organization and UNICEF have released a report stating that about 2.3 billion people, which is approximately 40% of the world’s population, lack access to safe sanitation. UNICEF estimates that 1.5 million children die every year because of poor sanitation which causes diarrohea and other deadly diseases. A contest titled “Reinvent the Toilet” funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation granted more than $6 million dollar to design self-sufficient toilets that could be used in developing countries. Many leading universities designed models… read more

Simple Things

Innovation in developing nations

Science has always helped mankind with all it can to make life simpler and healthier. Revolutions happen around the clock from fountain pens to rockets helping humans in one way or the other. Certain innovations are made accidently while some are invented to meet problems but in most of cases they don’t reach the common man quickly or are too pricey for them to afford. Simple technology and easy-to-use innovations are better in places where energy, education and materials are plentiful.  In developing countries where resources are scarce  it could even be as simple as developing a water bottle but it makes a… read more