Ever been on a beach filled with litter or find an undiscovered oil spill? A new app allows you to map and report any marine pollution. The free Marine Defenders App was made from a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. It will not only make the little guy a whistle blower, but will draw attention to how widespread the problem is. Originally intended for New Jersey, the now national app is available for iPhone/iPad/touch users with a planned Android application to come.
We love our Swiss Army knife and are pleased that Wenger continues to expand its line of products. They have now ventured into the solar charging field. The Standard Charger has 2.25W of power, a 5v Micro USB output, an included mAh battery and a five-tip adapter that can charge almost anything with a USB connection. A 4 hour charge can give a smartphone enough power for 6 hours. The foldable, water-resistant panel comes in both a 20.3I x 6.7 x .2" and a 17.7 x 11.6 x .2" model with an optional LED light available.
Danish artist Olafur Eliasson teamed with engineer/buddy Frederick Ottesen
and designed the Little Sun, a portable solar lamp that can last up to 3 years. When put in charging mode in the sun for five hours, it emits light for 5 hours nightly. This is such a deal if you consider that the solar lamp can save up to 90% on what they would spend on kerosene. Plans are already in the works to distribute in Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Contact Olafur if you want more info on the Little Sun as they plan to produce 500,000 units during 2012, more than enough to equip a few large villages.
While the power has been restored to most of the 600 million in India who were affected by the outage, there are those who feel that power grid failure may occur again due to too much demand and not enough supply. So it is no surprise that the country is looking to increase alternate power sources.
Solar power is often used in remote regions, as shown in this video from SunEdison. They recently built a 15 kilowatt plant in central India's Meerwada village with enough power to serve 70 houses. Hopefully solar power will become more widespread in time, including in congested urban centers.