Press release archives 2008-10

This is an archive of news releases for 2008-10. Click here for the most recent news releases or on the links below for previous years.

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2010

Wet commutes forecast as parts of London predicted to be underwater by the end of the century November 2010
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.

Charity launches unique range of Christmas gifts - Practical Presents November 2010
International development charity Practical Action has launched a brand new range of Christmas gifts with a difference this month in an effort to raise more funds to help people in developing countries lift themselves out of poverty.

ELLA - Evidence and Lessons from Latin America September 2010
ELLA is an ambitious new DFID programme, in partnership with Practical Action, to communicate knowledge of innovative Latin American development policies and practices.

Peru's indigenous people spot signs of climate change in killer freeze August 2010
HUNDREDS of people have died in the worst winter to hit Peru in nearly 50 years - and the people of the high Andes fear there is worse to come.

New international director June 2010
Practical Action is pleased to welcome its new International Director, Paul Smith Lomas.

Practical Action chosen for prestigious New York museum exhibition May 2010
Practical Action has been recognised for its work in Sudan this week as the charity's innovative Improved Clay Stoves goes on display at the Smithsonian Institution in New York - the world's largest museum complex.

Prince Charles takes 'practical action' on renewable energy for world's poor February 2010
Prince Charles is meeting with Practical Action to discuss how renewable energy could reduce dire poverty in developing countries. HRH Prince Charles, our patron, will be hosting the meeting at St James's Palace on Wednesday February 10. The meeting aims to highlight how energy can - and does - give people more options for a future free of poverty.

2009

Building back better - five years after the tsunami December 2009
Boxing Day marks the fifth anniversary of the tsunami which claimed more than half a million lives. Since then, Practical Action has worked with more than 120,000 people in Sri Lanka to come up with traditional and innovative ways to rehabilitate communities, homes and businesses.

Copenhagen outcome a "cop" out December 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.

Dinner parties to raise money for world's poor October 2009
Budding chefs and food lovers are being urged to put their money where their mouths are and hold a dinner party - while raising cash for people living in poverty overseas.

£2 billion spent on unwanted gifts - get Practical this Christmas October 2009
More than half of the UK population will receive unwanted Christmas gifts this year, according to international development charity Practical Action.

Buy a pumpkin this Halloween, make a difference in Bangladesh! October 2009
As youngsters gear up to celebrate Halloween by carving pumpkins - spare a thought for families in Bangladesh, where pumpkins are proving to be real lifesavers. To help spread the word about this ingenious - yet simple - solution ahead of Halloween, Facebook users can get their own Practical Action pumpkin this Halloween - and support the charity's work.

Food security in Sudan August 2009
A 1.2 million Euro grant from the European Commission means we can extend our Food Security project to another 99,000 people who depend on agriculture to survive, and introduce sustainable technologies to people living in Kassala, East Sudan.

'Floating english garden' takes its maiden voyage on the water March 2009
An artist has built and launched the 'Floating English garden' to highlight the harsh reality of climate change in Bangladesh, where land people live on and rely to grow crops is washed away every year.

Sudan: our work continues March 2009
Practical Action is not facing any particular new limits on our long term development work in Darfur and the rest of Sudan. Our staff are all local Sudanese people who continue to work with these communities in most desperate need.

Cupid's arrow not on course this Valentine's Day February 2009
Valentine's Day doesn't need to be an expensive time of year. Practical Presents has a whole host of unusual gifts on offer - with not a fluffy heart or toy in sight.

2008

Seasons Greetings from DFID December 2008
Douglas Alexander, Secretary of State for International Development, sends a letter of thanks to Practical Action's supporters.

Zurich Foundation partners with Practical Action December 2008
A new five year partnership between Practical Action and Zurich Foundation aims to focus on sustainable and innovative solutions to climate change, food shortages and water scarcity.

New agreement sees Practical Action Publishing manage Oxfam GB's print publishing December 2008
Oxfam GB and Practical Action Publishing have signed an agreement to publish new international development books aimed at professionals over the next five years.

Practical Action commits to expansion at Clinton meeting in Asia November 2008
Practical Action has made a commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative to expand our work in fragile rural environments by 50% in the next three years, reaching nearly 3/4 million poor people.

World's poor need climate funds now November 2008
Letter published in The Independent, from a coalition of development NGOs, including Practical Action, ahead of the UNFCCC talks in Poznan.

Cameron: world is in your hands - stop 'clowning around' October 2008
Conservative leader David Cameron has been urged make a commitment to tackle climate change and put the world's poor at the heart of the debate.

30,000 children at risk while world leaders discuss poverty September 2008
More than 30,000 children in developing countries will die of preventable diseases during the time it takes world leaders to discuss world poverty, reveals Practical Action, on the eve of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit in New York.

Gordon gets the message? September 2008
Practical Action campaigners paid a visit to 10 Downing Street to urge Gordon Brown to 'make the link' between climate change and poverty, and its impact on the world meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Benedict puts his best foot forward - for 1,200 mile walk August 2008
Intrepid explorer Benedict Protheroe has taken the final steps on his mammoth 1,200 mile pilgrimage to Rome.

'Hard To Handle' get to grips with Europe in a Land Rover July 2008
A rally team is gearing up to hit the road in a grueling 2,500 mile Land Rover drive across Europe, taking in ten countries in just seven days - while raising money for Practical Action.

Bangladesh: communities coping with climate change June 2008
Key figures from the Bangladeshi community came together at an event in London on June 17 to discuss how climate change, floods and food shortages are already having devastating impacts on the country's poorest communities.

Fluffy fun for all the famiily - Toft Alpaca opens its doors for charity fundraiser May 2008
Toft Aplacas is gearing up to hold free fun walks for the first time ever - while helping to raise money for Practical Action.

UK's largest climate change coalition launch week of action on the climate change bill March 2008
From giant inflatable aeroplanes and effigies of Gordon Brown to 12 ft coal power stations in Parliament Square, supporters of I Count's Week of Action (30 March - 5 April 2008) will be participating in hundreds of UK-wide events to make sure their local MP supports a Climate Change Bill with bite.

MP Andrew Smith due to attend photo exhibtion launch 'Life on the Edge' February 2008
Andrew Smith MP for Oxford East is set to attend a hard-hitting and thought-provoking African photo exhibition next week at the Said Business School, Oxford by international development charity, Practical Action.

Small is Beautiful - nanotechnology January 2008
Nanotechnology is being hailed as a major breakthrough in industries throughout the world; Practical Action has a keen interest in how it could help in the fight against poverty.

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