Around the World

Nuclear Reactor Cooling Commons

On March 11 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake occurred near the east coast of Honshu, Japan. Not only did the earthquake produce a tsunami which struck the port city, but it has also caused a nuclear crisis for the country.

Japan Earthquake Response


On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake occurred near the east coast of Honshu, Japan. The earthquake produced a tsunami which struck the port city of Sendai. Japan’s television network showed a massive surge of debris-filled water sweeping away buildings, cars and ships and reaching far inland. It has been reported that the tsunami, spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan’s history, produced over 30 foot waves, sweeping away boats, cars, homes, and people.  Flooding has devastated most of the Japanese north eastern coast.

ESAVANA Innovation Hub

In January of 2011, international engagement practitioners from Robert Swap’s EVSC 1050 course entitled, “Ethics, Protocols and Practice of International Research” assembled at the M-CAM offices and expressed innovation needs present in their home countries. Over the coming weeks, the Global Innovation Commons is developing various solution sets and these sets will appear below.









Ajka Alumina Plant Accident

On October 4, 2010 an industrial accident occurred in western Hungary. A dam wall collapsed, freeing more than 35 million cubic feet of liquid waste or red mud" from the Ajkai Timföldgyár alumina plant in Ajka. The released waste flooded several nearby localities, injured more than 120 people, and has claimed more than six lives to date. The high amounts of toxic material found in the mud including arsenic, mercury, and chrome can cause an alkaline reaction and burn the skin. These chemicals have extinguished all existing life in the nearby Marcal River.

Pakistan Flood Relief Commons

In July 2010, heavy monsoon rains in various regions of Pakistan began to cause severe flooding. Estimates indicate the flooding has destroyed over one million homes and that over 20 million people are injured or homeless. Millions of dollars are being requested for emergency relief. However, what most people do not know is that the technology needed to help the people in Pakistan is in the open source and waiting to be used. After talking with aid agencies working in Pakistan, we have compiled a list of open source technologies which could best aid major needs.

Mongolia: Leveraging Commons Technologies

In the summer of 2009 M·CAM visited with Tsend Enkhtuya and the Mongolian National Incubator Federation to initiate programs with the nomadic yak, camel and horse herders. Given the extensive Heritable Knowledge in ecological resource management, dairy production, and organic resource utilization, the nomadic communities are ideally aligned for inclusion in the Heritable Innovation Trust framework.

BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in the Gulf of Mexico, is doing more than harming the environment. It is also leading to debates on off-shore drilling as well as forcing BP to find innovative ways to solve and clean up the problem. The London based company, BP, has been trying to stop the estimated 5,000 barrel-a-day oil leak that has been coming from their Macondo Well in the Gulf which began on April 20th. The leak started following an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig which BP leased from the Geneva-based Transocean Ltd.

Chilean Earthquake Causes Devastating Tsunami

On Saturday, February 27, 2010, a magnitude 8.8 earthquake occurred 95 km off of the shore of Maule, Chile. The earthquake was felt in most of Chile and Argentina, as well as parts of Brazil, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. It produced a tsunami which struck the coastal town of Concepcion half an hour later and is believed to be responsible for much of the deaths and damage. At about the same time, a 40 meter wave hit the San Fernandez Islands, which are located 667 km off the coast of Chile with an approximate population of 700. Neither community received advanced warning.