November 8, 2013 | 0 comments

With 3.575 million people dying each year from water-related disease, our current water crisis is one of epic proportions. At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by those suffering from illness brought on by limited access to safe drinking water, poor hygiene and sanitation. Granted these harrowing realities plaguing our society, it’s imperative that designers, inventors, engineers and visionaries do what they can to find a solution. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of innovation on tap – read on for six water purifying designs for the developing world:

November 7, 2013 | 0 comments

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — Africa “is the center of gravity for security sector reform,” has surpassed many other parts of the globe in tackling difficult defense reforms, and “has led the world in developing an understanding of security that transcends traditional military and defense institutions,” says Professor Thomas Dempsey, a retired U.S. Army colonel who is Chair of Security Studies at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS). Addressing nearly 60 African leaders from 40 different countries at the Next Generation of African Security Sector Leaders program on October 25, 2013, Prof. Dempsey spoke about the process of security sector reform in Africa. The presentation was followed by questions and discussion by participants on the issue and how they have experienced this reform in their own countries.
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November 5, 2013 | 0 comments

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employs more than 240,000 people in a variety of areas and activities, from border security and aviation to emergency response and cybersecurity, plus everything in between. Many may not be aware of the fact that DHS has also been busy developing some cool, high-tech, life-saving gear to protect people before, during, and following disasters and emergencies:

November 5, 2013 | 0 comments

Great civilizations have fallen because they failed to prevent the degradation of the soils on which they were founded. The modern world could suffer the same fate. A new study describes how the productivity of many lands has been dramatically reduced as a result of soil erosion, accumulation of salinity, and nutrient depletion:

November 4, 2013 | 0 comments

One year after Superstorm Sandy hit the eastern United States, local, state, and federal agencies as well as community groups and businesses are working to strengthen the U.S.s resilience to future disasters. A National Research Council (NRC) release notes that the NRC has issues a series of studies and reports, and has put together workshops and study groups, which should advance the national conversation on preparedness and resilience: