global development

Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

There is a good reason why Argentina's flag sports a shining sun. At present, Argentina only produces about 10MW of solar power, but that figure is soon about to receive a giant boost as the country plans

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Carly Fischer Carefully Recreates Everyday Trash From Paper

Carly Fischer Carefully Recreates Everyday Trash From Paper

In Fischer's work, mass-produced candy bar wrappers, aluminum cans, and cigarette packs are copied in paper, lending a hand-crafted perfection to what is normally churned out by a machine. Each model is

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Ethiopia to Develop its Geothermal Energy Potential with a Grant from the World Bank

Ethiopia to Develop its Geothermal Energy Potential with a Grant from the World Bank

The Great Rift Valley countries in Africa have an enormous potential for geothermal energy. With Kenya, Djibouti and Tanzania already developing this potential, Ethiopia is getting serious about it too.

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PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations

PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations

In developing nations, access to clean water is a major humanitarian issue - so much so that numerous non-profits and foundations are dedicated specifically to providing access to basic sanitation.

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Matt Hope’s ‘Breathing Bike’ Creates Clean Air in Polluted Beijing as it Rides

Matt Hope’s ‘Breathing Bike’ Creates Clean Air in Polluted Beijing as it Rides

Riding a bicycle is normally a healthy alternative to driving a gas-guzzling vehicle. But in places like Beijing where air pollution is hitting record levels, keeping yourself separated from the deadly

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Indian Researchers Create Low-Cost Bricks From Recycled Paper Mill Waste

Indian Researchers Create Low-Cost Bricks From Recycled Paper Mill Waste

While recycling trash is preferable to simply chucking refuse into the dump, the process still creates tons of byproducts that end up making their way to the landfill. Fortunately, Professors Rahul

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$700 Billion Investment in the Global Economy Could Curb Climate Change, Spur Economic Growth

$700 Billion Investment in the Global Economy Could Curb Climate Change, Spur Economic Growth

A new report released by the World Economic Forum shows that climate change is arguably the most pressing threat to the world economy. And with the world population set to increase from 7 billion to 9

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With Rise of Biofuels, Price of Tortillas Doubles in Guatemala

With Rise of Biofuels, Price of Tortillas Doubles in Guatemala

As the crop-based biofuels industry continues to grow, pressures on agricultural land are increasing all over the world. In some developing countries, diverting the use of valuable farmland for biofuel

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You Can Now Apply to Become One of the Very First Humans to Colonize Mars

You Can Now Apply to Become One of the Very First Humans to Colonize Mars

Do you enjoy dehydrated food, weightlessness and confined spaces? Then you might have what it takes to become one of the first to colonize the Red Planet. This week, the Dutch nonprofit Mars One released

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‘Waste Cooking’ is a Reality TV Show That Makes Delicious Dishes From Discarded Food

‘Waste Cooking’ is a Reality TV Show That Makes Delicious Dishes From Discarded Food

As a species, we waste an amazing amount of food. According to Natural Resources Defense Council, people chuck an incredible 40% of all food we produce. Dumpster divers have long sought to live off of the

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Beluga Whales Endangered by Fossil Fuel Extraction in Alaska

Beluga Whales Endangered by Fossil Fuel Extraction in Alaska

The beluga whale, also known as the "Canary of the Sea," could become as much of a harbinger of danger as its feathered namesake. The pure white whales of Cook Inlet, Alaska are at a great risk of

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Earth Day Network Plants 350,000 Trees in Uganda, Aims to Plant 10 Million Trees in 5 Years

Earth Day Network Plants 350,000 Trees in Uganda, Aims to Plant 10 Million Trees in 5 Years

We all know that trees are great for the environment, but did you know that trees are also good for the social well-being of communities, so much so that they can help to stabilize entire

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Ingenious 14 Year-Old Invents Solar-Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World

Ingenious 14 Year-Old Invents Solar-Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World

When most of us were teenagers, we were more worried about an embarrassing outbreak of acne or who to ask to homecoming than the challenges of developing nations. After witnessing children in India

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Infographic Shows Which Cities are Embracing the Green Revolution Around the World

Infographic Shows Which Cities are Embracing the Green Revolution Around the World

Countries around the world are becoming increasingly conscious of environmental issues, and major metropolitan centers are the new front line in the struggle to go green. But how are big cities taking on

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Ban Ki-Moon: Addressing Climate Change is the Responsibility of Developed Nations

Ban Ki-Moon: Addressing Climate Change is the Responsibility of Developed Nations

The challenge of dividing the burden of reducing global carbon emissions is the main issue preventing world leaders from agreeing on a binding climate treaty. But this week at the UN Framework

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Nail House: Chinese Home That Stood In Center of New Highway is Demolished

Nail House: Chinese Home That Stood In Center of New Highway is Demolished

The iconic 'nail house'—whose owners stood firm as redevelopment swallowed up surrounding residences—has been demolished. Located in China's Zhejiang Province, the home quickly became a striking—and

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Scientists Create New Solar Energy Technology That Creates Steam From Icy Cold Water

Scientists Create New Solar Energy Technology That Creates Steam From Icy Cold Water

Solar technology is beginning to heat up, thanks to researchers at Rice's Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP). Scientists have developed a method of solar thermal heating that generates steam at the

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Nail House: China Builds a Road Around a Single Home That Stood Strong Against Urban Redevelopment

Nail House: China Builds a Road Around a Single Home That Stood Strong Against Urban Redevelopment

This single house is all that's left of a neighborhood in Zhejiang Province, China that was demolished to make room for new urban development. The house, a dwelling owned by redevelopment resister Luo

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World Leaders Hopeful As 2012 Doha Climate Change Conference Kicks Off

World Leaders Hopeful As 2012 Doha Climate Change Conference Kicks Off

In recent years, climate change conferences have had underwhelming results - as the ones in Copenhagen and Bonn showed. However as the 18th session of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on

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It’s World Toilet Day – Here’s Why You Should Give a Sh*t

It’s World Toilet Day – Here’s Why You Should Give a Sh*t

Don't give a shit about toilets? Maybe you should. World Toilet Day calls our attention to the fact that while in the first world we may take toilets for granted and don't really like to talk about them,

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AllesWirdGut’s BIO Campus is a Ziggurat-Like Sustainable Neighborhood for Istanbul

AllesWirdGut’s BIO Campus is a Ziggurat-Like Sustainable Neighborhood for Istanbul

Rising almost like ziggurats from the land, the BIO Campus mimics the sand dunes familiar in parts of Turkey. AllesWirdGut partnered with Transsolar and Tom Matton to design each building to accommodate

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Global CO2 Levels Reach Record High at 34 Billion Tons Last Year With China Taking the Lead

Global CO2 Levels Reach Record High at 34 Billion Tons Last Year With China Taking the Lead

According to a report by the international Renewable Energy Industry Institute based in Germany, the total levels of global greenhouse gas emissions reached a record high last year at 34 billion tons.

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5 Crazy Ways To Stop Climate Change With Geoengineering

5 Crazy Ways To Stop Climate Change With Geoengineering

1. Dam The Mediterranean German architect Herman Sörgel devised a massive plan, also known as Atlantropa, that would establish a gigantic hydroelectric dam built across the Strait of Gibraltar. This

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Iskandar Malaysia to be a Model Sustainable and Socially Equitable City of the Future

Iskandar Malaysia to be a Model Sustainable and Socially Equitable City of the Future

Iskandar, an area that covers 2,217 square kilometers at the southern tip of Malaysia, is the center of its country’s sustainable development strategy as an ultra-green and socially integrated city of

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Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

Medina Mosque photo from Shutterstock The Guardian reports that a top spokesman for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced plans to transition the nation to 100 percent renewable energy in coming

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World’s Tallest Skyscraper to Be Built in 210 Days Instead of 90 as Originally Planned

World’s Tallest Skyscraper to Be Built in 210 Days Instead of 90 as Originally Planned

Earlier this year, Chinese Company Broad Sustainable Building (BSB), announced plans to build the world's tallest skyscraper in an unbelievable 90 days. Now the build time for the 838-meter-tall tower has

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ETH Zurich Students Create Portable Hybrid Generator that Provides Power and Clean Water

ETH Zurich Students Create Portable Hybrid Generator that Provides Power and Clean Water

Nearly a fifth of the people on the planet live without access to electricity, and while generators can be used to provide power to these areas, most are too expensive or not portable enough to offer a

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The Online CARMA Database Monitors CO2 Emissions for the World’s 60,000 Power Plants

The Online CARMA Database Monitors CO2 Emissions for the World’s 60,000 Power Plants

Climate change is a world-wide problem, spanning nations, time zones and environments. Challenges of such a massive scale demand a powerful and comprehensive means through which to observe, collect, and

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