Does aid work?

Attitudes and responses to aid. What do you think?

Did you know that one out of three child deaths – a total of nearly 3 million each year – is caused by diarrhoea or pneumonia? But did you also know that we now have two new vaccines that will help stop these two killers?

Sign a petition here asking the leaders of our governments to make sure these two vaccines get to the children who need them most.

Why Bother? from ONE Campaign on Vimeo.


Interactive 3D Model of the Solar System

Visit this site to explore the solar system. The site is called the Solar System Scope.

It is a very user-friendly application. It’s full of space-art graphics, has easy-to-use interface with various settings and offers interesting information.

The Solar System Scope will illustrate for you real-time celestial positions with planets and constellations moving over the night sky. It gives you a chance to observe space from within it, rather than from a textbook.


Japan’s earthquake explained

On Friday 11 March 2011, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale triggered a tsunami that devastated parts of coastal Japan. ‘Japan’s Tsunami: How It Happened’ investigates the science behind these twin geologic catastrophes – the earthquake and tsunami.

The programme follows Professor of Geological Sciences Roger Bilham, a seismologist at the University of Colorado, who arrived in Japan two days after the earthquake.


Fair Trade Coffee

Fair Trade Coffee Infographic from Simon Vieira on Vimeo.


Wikipedia: Fair trade coffee is coffee which is purchased directly from the growers for a higher price than standard coffee. Fair trade coffee is one of many fair trade certified products available around the world. The purpose of fair trade is to promote healthier working conditions and greater economic incentive for producers.

For more information on Fair Trade in Ireland visit Fair Trade Ireland.

Today is World Water Day

A few simple tools can help stop the spread of disease in the third world. Watch this video and see just how simple they could be.

This video is to celebrate World Water Day.

Visit World Water Day website for more information about Water

Diarrheal and respiratory infections kill over 3.5 million children under the age of five every year. Hand washing with soap is the most effective and an inexpensive way to prevent these deaths. It can save the lives of 1.2 million children every year.

The tippy tap is a low cost, low tech, low water, hands-free device to promote hand washing with soap.

Visit to find out more.

Build your own tippy tap instructions here.

Want to understand what’s happening at the nuclear reactor in Japan?

This is the explanation video about the events which have caused nuclear reactor problems in Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. These problems were caused by earthquake and following tsunami near to Sendai town in north-east of Tokyo.

This CNN video breaks down the problems afflicting the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. Give the video three minutes of your time, and you will get a fairly comprehensive overview of what’s going wrong.

Source here.

Read this description of how nuclear energy is created at this blog post by Maggie Koerth-Baker at