Human Relief Efforts

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits a traumatized Nepal

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits a traumatized Nepal

Just two weeks after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated Nepal and claimed over 8,000 lives, a powerful 7.3 earthquake has struck the rural town of Namche, which lies around 50 miles northeast of

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Bill Gates tackles child mortality with $75M network of disease surveillance centers

Bill Gates tackles child mortality with $75M network of disease surveillance centers

Bill Gates wants to know why children are dying, and he's paying $75 million to find out. Gates told The Atlantic about the most recent endeavor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: a network of

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Learn how you can help the victims of the Nepal earthquake

Learn how you can help the victims of the Nepal earthquake

The massive 7.8 earthquake that shook Nepal yesterday, near Katmandu, has devastated the region and left thousands dead. Rescue and recovery efforts are still underway in Nepal, India, China, and

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INFOGRAPHIC: How we can help reduce the impact of natural disaster

INFOGRAPHIC: How we can help reduce the impact of natural disaster

  Studies show that the number of people displaced by natural disasters has nearly doubled since the 1970s and scientists believe that, ultimately, urbanization is to blame for such displacements.

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Berlin T-shirt vending machine shows shoppers real cost of cheap fashion

Berlin T-shirt vending machine shows shoppers real cost of cheap fashion

Would you be tempted to buy a T-shirt from a flashy-looking urban vending machine for less than $3? Berliners recently had the opportunity and many pounced, unaware that their attempted purchase was part

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Help Nepal earthquake survivors and renewable energy by Kickstarting the Solarpuff portable solar lantern

Help Nepal earthquake survivors and renewable energy by Kickstarting the Solarpuff portable solar lantern

SolarPuff is a little lantern that is making a huge impact, and now you can help make it even bigger. Right now, SolarPuff is offering Kickstarter rewards that will benefit the victims of the earthquake

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Architects and other building experts called on to aid in Nepal’s post-earthquake recovery

Architects and other building experts called on to aid in Nepal’s post-earthquake recovery

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), has teamed up with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to "help identify Nepalese nationals or others with local or

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Arizona non-profit rescues 35 million pounds of produce ditched at U.S. border each year

Arizona non-profit rescues 35 million pounds of produce ditched at U.S. border each year

Food waste is a huge problem; approximately 40 percent of all food is thrown

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Zayed Future Energy Prize celebrates achievements in renewable energy and sustainability

INFOGRAPHIC: The Zayed Future Energy Prize celebrates achievements in renewable energy and sustainability

If you're not yet familiar with the Zayed Future Energy Prize, check it out! It celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. The

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Hand Over is raising funds to provide sustainable housing in Cairo’s slums

Hand Over is raising funds to provide sustainable housing in Cairo’s slums

An astonishing 47% of Egypt's slums are in Cairo's, whose 6 million inhabitants are living in a chronically underdeveloped environment. A group of dedicated Engineering students are working to create a

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Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for the Slums of Uganda

Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for the Slums of Uganda

One of the biggest culprits of disease and death in slum areas around the world is the lack of sanitary toilets. There are several places in Uganda’s capital Kampala where, on average, 1000 people have

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United Nations to send 10,000 flat-packed IKEA shelters to refugees worldwide

United Nations to send 10,000 flat-packed IKEA shelters to refugees worldwide

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) has partnered with social enterprise Better Shelter to move forward on a plan to bring 10,000 of IKEA’s incredible solar-powered flat pack

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Factory collapse in Bangladesh kills seven and injures dozens more

Factory collapse in Bangladesh kills seven and injures dozens more

The collapse of a cement factory in Bangladesh has killed at least five people and may have trapped as many as 100 people, according to local police. Reuters reports that that factory, run by a subsidiary

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87-year-old woman finishes knitting 1,000th sweater for kids in need

87-year-old woman finishes knitting 1,000th sweater for kids in need

Can we get a collective "awwww" for the amazing accomplishment of Anna Taylor? She's our 87-year-old hero who, for the past nine years, has been busy knitting sweaters for kids in need. She's recently

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Hey gardeners! Consider planting an extra row for the hungry this year

Hey gardeners! Consider planting an extra row for the hungry this year

Although it may be known by many different names, the "Grow a Row" program is one that's gaining popularity all over the world. The concept is pretty self-explanatory, and can make an enormous difference

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Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may be released in Florida

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may be released in Florida

  In an attempt to curb outbreaks of two devastating tropical diseases in the Florida Keys, the FDA is proposing the release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes into the area.

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Formerly homeless girl’s non-profit provides supplies for the needy

Formerly homeless girl’s non-profit provides supplies for the needy

Mariah was born and abandoned on Christmas Eve twenty years ago, but from challenging beginnings came something incredible. Mariah was inspired, after helping a homeless man one night, to start a

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8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

Ecological Urinal The Ecological Urinal was created as a solution for places like Uganda's capital, Kampala, where on average, 1,000 people have to share the same toilet. The make-shift urinal is an

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Celebrate Giving Tuesday TODAY as an antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Celebrate Giving Tuesday TODAY as an antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday

By now, you've probably seen videos and photos of Black Friday, where people have beaten each other up and shoved little old ladies aside in order to buy, buy, buy at low, low prices. Cyber Monday is

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6 Ways for You to Give Back This Thanksgiving and Beyond

6 Ways for You to Give Back This Thanksgiving and Beyond

Thanksgiving is a time of plenty, and of appreciation. It's a holiday in which we'll get together with friends and family to celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest, to share food and drink, and spend

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BFI Announces Seven Pioneering Finalists for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

BFI Announces Seven Pioneering Finalists for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The Force Majeure The Force Majeure is a large-scale, holistic response to global warming and accelerated resource exploitation. Created by world-renowned artists Helen and Newton Harrison, the project

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Bill Gates’ Foundation Makes its Largest Donation Ever to Fight Ebola

Bill Gates’ Foundation Makes its Largest Donation Ever to Fight Ebola

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced last week that it is making a $50 million donation to various organizations working on the frontline of the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The gift

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Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

We take electricity for granted in the developed world, but did you know that 1.6 billion people - a full one quarter of the world's population - don’t have access to reliable electricity? The

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First Ebola Vaccine to be Tested on Humans in Response to Frightening Outbreak in West Africa

First Ebola Vaccine to be Tested on Humans in Response to Frightening Outbreak in West Africa

As the Ebola virus continues to wreak havoc in West Africa, a new Ebola vaccine will be tested on humans for the first time this week. The vaccine is being developed by the National Institutes of Health

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WHO: World’s Worst Ebola Outbreak Could Affect 20,000 People or More

WHO: World’s Worst Ebola Outbreak Could Affect 20,000 People or More

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that the recent Ebola outbreak that started in March of this year is accelerating at an alarming rate and could affect more than 20,000 people before

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Saving Children’s Lives in Bangladesh with Simple Concrete Floors

Saving Children’s Lives in Bangladesh with Simple Concrete Floors

  Most of us take for granted the fact that we can walk barefoot across our living room floor and not end up with a life-threatening disease, but that's far from the case in many regions of

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Can Flying Cars Save Lives in Disaster Zones?

Can Flying Cars Save Lives in Disaster Zones?

Flying cars belong more in a Jetson's episode than in real life, right? Wrong, flying cars are here, but will they take off? The Indigenous People's Technology and Education Center (I-TEC), an

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New Contraceptive Implant Could Give Women Wireless Control Over Their Own Fertility

New Contraceptive Implant Could Give Women Wireless Control Over Their Own Fertility

While corporations like Hobby Lobby have been battling to take away women’s choices when it comes to contraception, the Gates Foundation and MicroCHIPS Inc. strive to give women full control over their

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Beautiful Woven Refugee Tents Get Their Power from the Sun

Beautiful Woven Refugee Tents Get Their Power from the Sun

Drawing inspiration from traditional basket weaving techniques and the flexibility of snake skin, the designer uses weatherproof fabric drawn between durable, curved plastic tubing. This creates a

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World’s First Dengue Fever Vaccine Shows Promise in Late-Stage Trials

World’s First Dengue Fever Vaccine Shows Promise in Late-Stage Trials

According to the World Health Organization, over 40% of the world’s population is at risk from dengue fever - and it's the leading cause of death among children in some Latin American and Asian

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