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Press release archives 2011-14

This is an archive of Practical Action news releases for 2011-14.

You can also view the most recent news releases.


Poverty cannot be tackled without fighting climate change: new report

A new report by Practical Action and partner NGOs has highlighted the crucial role a new set of Sustainable Development Goals must play in the global fight against climate change.

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Student Adventures: updated

Updated information for those affected by the closure of the Student Adventures travel company.

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Greenest World Cup ever highlights energy poverty in competing countries

One-third of the countries competing in the FIFA 2014 World Cup are unable to produce as much solar energy as one of the stadiums they are competing in. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Iran, Ivory Coast and Uruguay all produce less solar power than th...

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Save money and time and dine below the line at Spitalfields Market

Live Below the Line stand to pop up at Spitalfields Market

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International Development Minister praises Practical Action for its most successful fundraising campaign ever

UK International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone MP visited the offices of Practical Action to celebrate the organisation having its most successful fundraising campaign ever.

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Chain of Not Good video launch

Innocent alpaca farmers caught in a chain reaction: Why MTV’s Max Joseph took Practical Action to help them.

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Slum Britain art highlights urban poverty across the globe

UK landmark ‘make-unders’ illustrate the catastrophic effect of poverty on developing world cities. The pictures have been commissioned by Practical Action to highlight the reality of life for the one billion people who live in slums.

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COP 19 will be remembered as the talks where poor countries and the NGO movement finally took a stand

Chris Henderson, policy adviser at Practical Action who attended the talks said "COP 19 will be remembered as the talks where poor countries and the NGO movement finally took a stand and walked out early."

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Taking Practical Action to make ‘Safe Cities’ for all

Practical Action’s ‘Safer Cities’ appeal has launched. The charity is urging the public to support urban projects helping some of the most vulnerable women and children in the world. Urban poverty is on the rise. In 2007, the earth’s urban population overtook its ru...

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Practical Action temporarily closes Khartoum office

26 September 2013: International development charity Practical Action has taken the decision to temporarily close its office in Khartoum after violent protests erupted on the streets of the Sudanese capital.

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Zurich and Practical Action team up in a global flood resilience alliance

Practical Action and Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) have formed a significantly enhanced £6.4 million alliance in building community resilience to disasters, especially flooding which affects more people globally than any other natural hazard.

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Charlotte Green makes Radio 4 appeal for Practical Action

Practical Action made an appeal to BBC Radio 4 listeners to support their work helping wastepickers in Nepal escape from a cycle of desperate poverty. The appeal, voiced by radio broadcaster Charlotte Green, was on Sunday 18 August and Thursday 22 August 2013.

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Practical Action leads way on first set of global tracking data

Practical Action, World Bank and World Energy Council release first set of data on United Nations goal of achieving sustainable energy for all by 2030

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Poor people's energy outlook 2013

One billion people in the developing world are deprived of access to effective healthcare due to a lack of access to energy, according to a report launched by development charity Practical Action on 6 March 2013.

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Cloud forest project challenges deforestation

slash and burn farming techniques changed by Practical Action

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Feeding nine billion in the face of climate change

Technology justice reveals a a global food system that is unequal and unsustainable, incapable of feeding the world today and undermining our ability to feed 9 billion people in 2050.

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Practical Action praises UK leadership at Doha but criticises rich countries for again leaving poor ones to their fate

Practical Action have praised the UK government for showing real leadership at Doha but have expressed disappointment at the failure of rich countries collectively to make any real progress at the talks, again leaving poor countries like Bangladesh to their fate.

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British stove turns noise into electricity

Practical Action tests stove which turns sound into electricity and could help provide energy access for all by 2030.

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Head of United Nations Development Programme says adaptation must go up the UN’s agenda at Doha.

Head of United Nations Development Programme backs Practical Action calls for adaptation to go up the UN’s agenda at Doha.

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Bangladeshis to demand UK Government #adaptnow to climate change

Practical Action calls for adaptation to be at forefront of Doha climate change talks

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Practical Action launches innovative knowledge-sharing tool

Development charity Practical Action, along with WIP Renewable Energies, has launched an innovative online tool which supports development practitioners in their fight against climate change. The ‘AfriCAN climate portal’ is a project funded by the EC and managed by a consortium...

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UK charity develops ground-breaking electricity-generating cookstove

UK charity Practical Action is developing an electricity-generating cook stove that could change the way we use electricity.

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Horn of Africa drought: Water shortages cause a year of fear

12 months ago Governments and NGOs raced to East Africa to prevent a humanitarian disaster caused by the worst drought in 60 years. They responded to dire warnings that 12 million people were threatened by malnutrition after rain had failed to arrive for the second year in a row. Lives...

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Every last drop

Practical Action Publishing’s new book on rainwater harvesting coincides with World Water Week 2012.

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Practical help for flood-hit Bangladesh

28 June 2012: As the UK braces itself for floods, international development charity, Practical Action, has been saving hundreds of lives in the rain soaked villages of Bangladesh.

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Energy access key to Rio+20 summit

Practical Action Chief Executive Simon Trace has urged global leaders to maximise the opportunity presented by the Rio+20 Summit next week in a pre-conference video blog.

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C4 newscaster Jon Snow urges people to saddle up for Practical Action

Channel 4 News presenter and avid cyclist Jon Snow is urging people to saddle up and join a midnight cycling fundraiser for technology charity Practical Action.

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UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All

Press release, 8 February 2012. Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, and Director General of UNIDO Kandeh Yumkella, in partnership with NGO Practical Action, will today officially launch the UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All in Brussels.

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Supermodel and UN Goodwill Ambassador, Gisele Bündchen experiences energy poverty in Kenya

13 January 2012, London: To mark the launch of the UN’s Year of Sustainable Energy for All, global supermodel and UN Goodwill Ambassador Gisele Bündchen experienced the reality of energy poverty in a recent visit to Kenya.  In association with international development...

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Energy Aid founded by IBM and Practical Action launches to provide universal energy access

Energy Aid is a new charity founded by IBM and Practical Action to provide universal energy access

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Make Your Point

With the UN Year of Sustainable Energy for All fast approaching, Practical Action have created a new online campaign that asks people to make their point in support of energy for all. Globally, 1.4 billion people have no electricity and 2.5 billion rely on traditional fuels like firewood t...

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Practical Action - PPA

Practical Action has been awarded a Programme Partnership Arrangements (PPA) grant by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID).

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ELLA - Evidence and Lessons from Latin America

ELLA: an ambitious new DFID programme to communicate knowledge of innovative Latin American development policies and practices

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Changes to this website

Practical Action's website was relaunched in April 2011, with a new look and extra functionality and interactivity, while still retaining all our most popular features.

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London-on-Sea?

Large areas of London could be underwater by 2100 as a direct result of climate change, research has shown. Development charity Practical Action has released an alternative tube map that highlights the impact climate change and rising sea levels could have on the capital. Without actio...

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Copenhagen outcome a "cop" out

Press release, December 18, 2009 Rather than starting a new decade full of hope, developing countries have been failed by the outcome of the United Nations climate change talks in Copenhagen. In the run up to the summit, hopes were high for a fair and just deal for those most vulnerabl...

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For all media enquiries, please contact Andy Heath or Abbie Wells, Practical Action Press & Media Officers.

Email: andrew.heath@practicalaction.org.uk
UK office hours: + 44 (0) 1926 634 552
Mobile: +44 (0) 7880 671 315

Email: abbie.wells@practicalaction.org.uk
UK office hours: + 44 (0) 1926 634 510
Mobile: +44 (0) 7880 671 315

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