global development

A Third of Borneo’s Forests Have Been Wiped Out in Just 40 Years

A Third of Borneo’s Forests Have Been Wiped Out in Just 40 Years

The fact that the world’s tropical forests are disappearing at an astonishing rate is cause for real concern, but the rate of destruction in Borneo’s forests is particularly shocking. That's because

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Philips Gift of Light Program Brings Life-Changing Solar Lighting to a Remote Vietnamese Village

Philips Gift of Light Program Brings Life-Changing Solar Lighting to a Remote Vietnamese Village

For many people who lack access to electricity, the day ends when the sun goes down. But Philips aims to slowly change that through their Gift of Light program. Through it, employees first nominate

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India To Build World’s Largest Onshore Floating Solar Power Project

India To Build World’s Largest Onshore Floating Solar Power Project

India’s National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) is planning a 50 MW photovoltaic project that will be the world's largest freshwater floating solar power plant! The estimated $64–$72 million project

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Australia’s Proposal to Strip Rainforest of Heritage Status is Rejected by the UN

Australia’s Proposal to Strip Rainforest of Heritage Status is Rejected by the UN

Environmentalists everywhere (not to mention the planet itself) can breathe a huge sigh of relief, as the UN just rejected a bid by Australia to revoke the heritage status of Tasmania’s rainforest.

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New Super Bananas With Orange Flesh Could Slash Vitamin A Deficiency in Low-Income Communities

New Super Bananas With Orange Flesh Could Slash Vitamin A Deficiency in Low-Income Communities

Genetically modified foods get a lot of negative attention, but sometimes GMOs can be a good thing. New genetically engineered bananas may soon be grown in low-income communities in order to prevent

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You Won’t Believe How Much Space Junk is Orbiting the Earth Right Now

You Won’t Believe How Much Space Junk is Orbiting the Earth Right Now

Whether you saw the movie Gravity or not, you probably already know that space debris can be a big problem. But until you see a visual showing just how ridiculously packed the Earth’s atmosphere is, it

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Google Wants to Bring Internet to the World With a Network of 180 Satellites

Google Wants to Bring Internet to the World With a Network of 180 Satellites

Google is continuing its quest to spread internet across the globe with its latest investment: 180 small satellites that can provide connectivity to underserved areas. The company is investing $1 billion

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World Cup Stadium Embarrassingly Incomplete Just Days Ahead of Opening Day in Brazil

World Cup Stadium Embarrassingly Incomplete Just Days Ahead of Opening Day in Brazil

With just days to go before the World Cup opening ceremony in São Paulo, the venue for the event is still not completed. After a string of construction delays and the deaths of three workers on the site,

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China is Taking Over 5 Million Old Cars off the Roads to Reduce Pollution

China is Taking Over 5 Million Old Cars off the Roads to Reduce Pollution

The Chinese government announced on Monday that the country was in grave danger of failing to meet its emissions reduction targets for 2015. In response, the State Council issued a plan featuring a raft

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Ecuador Tragically Issues Oil Drilling Permits in Amazon Rainforest Reserve

Ecuador Tragically Issues Oil Drilling Permits in Amazon Rainforest Reserve

Ecuador's government yesterday issued oil drilling permits for the Yasuni reserve, a U.N. listed biosphere reserve in the western part of the country. Despite calls for a referendum on the issue and a

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New Wave of Amazon Dam Building to “Force Industrialization of the Jungle”

New Wave of Amazon Dam Building to “Force Industrialization of the Jungle”

Ecosystem collapse and social unrest could be in the Amazon's future if plans for 412 hydroelectric dams move forward. According to a new report, a wave of dam building threatens the Amazon river and five

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INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

Ed Mazria is the influential environmental architect behind the 2030 Challenge, which aims to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in new construction, and to cut the use of fossil fuels in existing

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WHO Study Claims Air Pollution Killed 7 Million People in 2012

WHO Study Claims Air Pollution Killed 7 Million People in 2012

Regardless of creed, ethnicity, or tax bracket, everyone must breathe the same air. This week, the World Health Organization announced that air pollution was responsible for seven million deaths globally

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

People around the world are moving to urban areas in record numbers - and for the first time ever there's more people living in cities than in rural areas. This trend is only set to accelerate, so it's

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Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

In developing countries that lack electricity or the funds to buy expensive machines, taking care of laundry the old-fashioned way requires an enormous amount of time and effort.  That's why Alex Cabunoc

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Oldest Fragment of Earth Ever Found is Confirmed to be 4.4 Billion Years Old

Oldest Fragment of Earth Ever Found is Confirmed to be 4.4 Billion Years Old

If you thought that diamonds were forever, they have absolutely nothing on the zircon of Jack Hills, Australia. Professor of geoscience at the University of Wisconsin, John Valley has confirmed that this

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HOW TO: Use a Carbon Footprint Calculator to Maximize Energy Savings

HOW TO: Use a Carbon Footprint Calculator to Maximize Energy Savings

Carbon calculator photo from Shutterstock At one time or another, you've probably used a carbon calculator to find out how you're impacting the planet. But what's next? What happens after you know how

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GalimotoCar Creates Working Cars From Recycled Materials in Tanzania

GalimotoCar Creates Working Cars From Recycled Materials in Tanzania

GalimotoCar is a small business in Tanzania that creates functional vehicles from trash and recycled materials! The GalimotoCar mission is to promote Uhuru (freedom) throughout Africa by building a

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INTERVIEW: We Talk with Architecture for Humanity Founder Cameron Sinclair

INTERVIEW: We Talk with Architecture for Humanity Founder Cameron Sinclair

A few years ago, I sat down with Cameron Sinclair to talk about his recently-launched Open Architecture Network. He describes it as a "gift to the design community" with a simple mission: “to generate

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Maximum City: Dizzying Images of Mumbai’s Sky-High Building Boom

Maximum City: Dizzying Images of Mumbai’s Sky-High Building Boom

A large number of Mumbai’s towers are designed by European architects. Dobrucka is interested in intercultural transfer and feels “that the architecture of the newly builds is ‘borrowed’ from

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David Thomas Smith’s Mind-Boggling Images Show Human Development From a Bird’s Eye View

David Thomas Smith’s Mind-Boggling Images Show Human Development From a Bird’s Eye View

Anthropocene is a term used to describe the era in which modern man has made an impact on the earth. While it's not an official term in the field of geology, there's no denying that we've put our big fat

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Water Fleas Teach Us About Innovation?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Water Fleas Teach Us About Innovation?

In business, innovation is non-negotiable. Stay fresh, rot, or go stale. That’s never been truer than today, with volatile prices, weather, regulations, supply chains, and public sentiment. You don’t

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Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India

Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India

Water, hygiene, and transportation are constant challenges for developing nations like India, and women often shoulder the burden of collecting water for their families. In order to make this chore less

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MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

Nearly a decade ago, Fernando Mazariengas sought a way to provide clean, affordable water to those living in areas without, so he created a ceramic water filter that could be made using locally-sourced

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Mission Mars One Announces First Round of Applicants to Live on Mars in 2025

Mission Mars One Announces First Round of Applicants to Live on Mars in 2025

Mission Mars One has filtered through its first round of applicants, selecting roughly 1,000 potential Mars-dwellers to advance to the next level of screening. Over 200,000 people applied to join the

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Future Cities Will Succeed

INFOGRAPHIC: How Future Cities Will Succeed

What will the smart city of tomorrow look like? Industry Perspectives: Creating Smart and Sustainable Cities is a new report and infographic published by the McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute and

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Stunning Film ‘The Human Scale’ Uses Architect Jan Gehl’s Voice to Inspire the World’s City Dwellers

Stunning Film ‘The Human Scale’ Uses Architect Jan Gehl’s Voice to Inspire the World’s City Dwellers

Life in today’s mega cities is both tantalizing and troublesome - and by the year 2050, the percentage of the world’s population living in cities will rise from 50 to 80%. Due this growth, the

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More and More People are Eating Meat Worldwide and Endangering the Planet

More and More People are Eating Meat Worldwide and Endangering the Planet

Across the globe, human beings are developing a strong taste for meat. A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that rapidly industrializing countries, such

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Tense Warsaw Climate Talks Finally Reach Agreement

Tense Warsaw Climate Talks Finally Reach Agreement

Following two weeks of discussion, the UN climate talks in Warsaw finally ended in a compromise agreement, with participating nations agreeing to work toward curbing emissions as soon as possible. While

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Report Reveals China will Surpass US, EU, and Japan in Renewable Power by 2035

Report Reveals China will Surpass US, EU, and Japan in Renewable Power by 2035

 Photo © Shutterstock  A new report from the International Energy Agency has found that China is on track to build more renewable power plants through 2035 than the US, the European Union and Japan

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