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Floating School Offers Hope to Lagos' Water World Slum

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February 7, 2014
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A new floating school in Lagos' sprawling water-world slum of Makoko is providing hope to a community where thousands grow up without hope of an education. Video provided by AFP


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Spain: The Battle Over Water

Spain: The Battle Over Water

Deutsche Welle (Aug. 21, 2013) — As a result of the economic crisis, many municipalities in Spain have sold their public water utilities to private companies. Now some local communities are finding out that the water supply networks are no longer being maintained properly and that water quality is on the decline. By the end of the year, about 60 percent of water utility management will be partly or entirely in private hands, making Spain the frontrunner in water privatization within Europe. Some experts are already calling it a "water bubble, and communities that are still trying to sell their water utilities are no longer able to obtain top prices. Now some communities are trying to regain public control over their water supply.
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Philippines: Plastic Bottles Go Solar

Philippines: Plastic Bottles Go Solar

Deutsche Welle (Mar. 18, 2013) — In the Philippines' urban slums, families are unable to afford electricity and often have no access to the grid anyway. But Filipino actor Illac Diaz is looking to change that. With his organization My Shelter Foundation, he's come up with an innovative idea: turning empty plastic bottles into lamps. The bottles are filled with water and a dash of bleach before they're built into the roofs of slum huts. The organization has already installed around 300,000 of these makeshift lamps across the Philippines.
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Italian Engineers Pioneer Floating Solar Panels

Italian Engineers Pioneer Floating Solar Panels

AFP (Feb. 22, 2012) — Solar panels floating on the sea: the idea may sound like something from science-fiction, but an Italian firm has made it a reality. In the first scheme of its kind in the world, the panels turn on the water in order to follow the sun. As well as providing renewable energy, the scheme is cheaper to install than traditional solar panels.
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EnerKey: Clean Energy for the Slums of Johannesburg

EnerKey: Clean Energy for the Slums of Johannesburg

Deutsche Welle (Sep. 2, 2013) — South Africa's most populous city is attracting more and more people on the search for work and a better life. Most of the migrants find housing in derelict buildings and slum-like settlements without electricity. How to provide these people with clean and affordable energy is the aim of the German-South African "EnerKey" research project. Sometimes simple solutions can be found, like improved cooking stoves. Conventional stoves fired with wood or waste can emit lung-damaging smoke indoors. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 1.5 million people have their lifespans shortened by emissions from their wood or coal-burning stoves.
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