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UK Report Finds Up To 40% of All Fruit and Vegetables Are Wasted Because of “Ugliness”

UK Report Finds Up To 40% of All Fruit and Vegetables Are Wasted Because of “Ugliness”

Tomato photo from Shutterstock If your tomato isn't Instagram-worthy, does that mean it deserves to be thrown away? A recent UK study reported that up to 40% of edible, but "ugly" produce—fruits and

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Project Loon: Google to Test Balloon-Powered Internet in California’s Central Valley

Project Loon: Google to Test Balloon-Powered Internet in California’s Central Valley

Google wants to bring Wi-Fi to the world by launching high-altitude internet-equipped balloons in an effort dubbed Project Loon. The hope is that these balloons will bring internet access to rural and

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Isla Urbana’s Rainwater Harvesting Revolution Tackles Mexico City Water Shortages

Isla Urbana’s Rainwater Harvesting Revolution Tackles Mexico City Water Shortages

Mexico City residents face huge water scarcity issues. In fact, eight million people living in the country’s capital suffer from inadequate water supply. Sometimes this means going months without access

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Basque Activists Create Green Graffiti on a Hillside to Petition the Construction of a High Speed Train

Basque Activists Create Green Graffiti on a Hillside to Petition the Construction of a High Speed Train

Villagers in the French-Basque region have found a creative way of expressing their discontent with a new railway to be constructed on a picturesque hillside at the foot of La Rhune mountain. Residents

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Top Tips for Raising Your Pet in a Sustainable Way

Top Tips for Raising Your Pet in a Sustainable Way

Image via Shutterstock There is no doubt that pets give us unmatched companionship, but owning one can take its toll on the environment. In a book written by two New Zealand scientists, they suggest

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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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Chicago’s Sustainable Backyards Program Helps Citizens Combat Stormwater Runoff and Climate Change at Home

Chicago’s Sustainable Backyards Program Helps Citizens Combat Stormwater Runoff and Climate Change at Home

"Green Your Yard, Green Your Wallet." Sound like a good deal to you? Chicago Sustainable Backyards is betting on it by offering Chicagoans a financial incentive to combat climate change and stormwater

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Is Your Morning Cup Of Tea Fueling Child Slavery?

Is Your Morning Cup Of Tea Fueling Child Slavery?

Image via Shutterstock Even if you don’t drink fair trade coffee, chances are you’ve already heard about the low wages and poor working conditions many coffee farmers experience around the world.

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16-Year-Old Taliban Assassination Survivor Malala Yousafzai Speaks Publicly for the First Time

16-Year-Old Taliban Assassination Survivor Malala Yousafzai Speaks Publicly for the First Time

Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for going to school, turned 16 today. To mark the date, which will henceforth be known as Malala Day, she addressed the UN about violence

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Teenager Develops Program to Feed Thousands of Hungry People in California

Teenager Develops Program to Feed Thousands of Hungry People in California

Photo via Shutterstock When considering the affluent neighborhoods of Silicon Valley, few expect there to be so many families living in the California tech center that are going hungry each night. Yet

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Fashion Victims: Spanish Artist Protests Unethical Treatment of Garment Workers in Live Street Performance

Fashion Victims: Spanish Artist Protests Unethical Treatment of Garment Workers in Live Street Performance

This month, Spanish artist Yolanda Dominguez brought a stark representation of Bangladesh's horrific Rana Plaza building collapse to a packed shopping district in Milan with a "live" performance that

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The Fairphone is an Openly-Designed Conflict-Free Smartphone

The Fairphone is an Openly-Designed Conflict-Free Smartphone

Buying a mobile device these days can feel like signing a pact with the devil - and to make matters worse, it's difficult to determine where the parts were sourced and assembled and whether they were

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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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Donate Your Old Sewing Machines and Help Create New Opportunities for Individuals Around the World

Donate Your Old Sewing Machines and Help Create New Opportunities for Individuals Around the World

What if your old, unused sewing machine could help mend the lives and create opportunities for woman around the world? It can! Eco entrepreneur and creative activist Jenelle Montilone recently partnered

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Hans Rosling Uses LEGO Bricks to Explain Climate Change and Population Growth

Hans Rosling Uses LEGO Bricks to Explain Climate Change and Population Growth

We’ve seen LEGO bricks used to build tons of unexpected creations - from wheelchairs to chandeliers. But everyone's favorite toy brick can also be used to teach - Hans Rosling, a Swedish doctor and

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Google and Motorola Team Up to Build the First Smartphone Made in the USA

Google and Motorola Team Up to Build the First Smartphone Made in the USA

Due to investigations into working conditions at manufacturing companies such as Foxconn, smartphone producers have been under pressure to provide products without sacrificing human health or basic

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Ffrash Project Transforms Trash Into Recycled Furnishings in Indonesia

Ffrash Project Transforms Trash Into Recycled Furnishings in Indonesia

Garbage is everywhere in the streets of Jakarta. Bottles, caps, plastic bags - the scrap heap is enormous. New Dutch/Indonesian initiative Ffrash hopes to help by turning the trash into recycled furniture

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Scientists in Croatia Train Honeybees to Detect Landmines

Scientists in Croatia Train Honeybees to Detect Landmines

Bees have already done a host of great services for the human race - they pollinate flowers, cure diseases, and produce honey. Now scientists in Croatia have found another role for the intrepid insect.

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32.4 Million People Were Displaced in 2012 Due to Climate and Weather Events

32.4 Million People Were Displaced in 2012 Due to Climate and Weather Events

Photo by Ritu Raj Konwar via IDMC A new report released last week by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) shows that a whopping 32.4 million people were forced to flee their homes

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Why Should You Care Where Your Diamond Comes From?

Why Should You Care Where Your Diamond Comes From?

Why do so many couples care where their diamonds come from? Maybe the best answer to that question is that many diamonds are tainted by bloodshed and violence. But the ethical problems facing the diamond

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SunWater Gives Farmers an Affordable Way to Pump Water Using Solar Power

SunWater Gives Farmers an Affordable Way to Pump Water Using Solar Power

Many people around the world rely on cash crops to create extra income for their families. During the dry season, shallow wells and drought are challenges that reduce crop yield - and extra income. In

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Brown University Joins Growing Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Brown University Joins Growing Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuels

As a college student, you would hope to attend an institution that values enlightened ideals and sound investments. However, at many universities across the country, portions of large endowments have long

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State Department Steps in to Block Access to 3D-Printed Liberator Gun Blueprints

State Department Steps in to Block Access to 3D-Printed Liberator Gun Blueprints

It has only been a couple of days since the Liberator 3D-printed gun was successfully fired in Texas by Defense Distributed. But after the gun was downloaded over 100,000 times in just two days, the State

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DIY: Build a Free Things Box and Give Your Unwanted Goods a Happy New Home in the Neighborhood

DIY: Build a Free Things Box and Give Your Unwanted Goods a Happy New Home in the Neighborhood

The Free Things Box (FTB) is a freebie box that's placed in front of the house as a friendly means for recycling small, still useful objects. Many people have a lot of stuff that's still in good order

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German Website Reduces Food Waste by Allowing People to Share Excess Food

German Website Reduces Food Waste by Allowing People to Share Excess Food

Food photo from Shutterstock Each day people around the world throw away a staggering amount of food - by some accounts, almost half of all food produced winds up in the trash. The German website

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PIH’s Solar-Powered Mirebalais Hospital Opens in Haiti, Merging Innovative Design and Healthcare

PIH’s Solar-Powered Mirebalais Hospital Opens in Haiti, Merging Innovative Design and Healthcare

Not only is HUM Central Haiti’s first-ever teaching hospital, it is the largest hospital in the world to be powered primarily with solar energy. In an area where power outages last for an average of 3

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Mobile Wooden Foosball Table Raises Funds to Help Support Youth Activities in Africa

Mobile Wooden Foosball Table Raises Funds to Help Support Youth Activities in Africa

This fantastic wooden Foosball table, Afrika Kicker, is a socially-motivated, mobile concept that raises money to help support youth activities in South Africa and Rwanda. Created by Misereor, the table

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VICE Launches a New HBO TV Series Exploring Global Issues Overlooked by the Press

VICE Launches a New HBO TV Series Exploring Global Issues Overlooked by the Press

VICE is probably best known to most for its Dos & Don'ts, but the characteristically "hipster" publication has been cementing its place as an important journalistic outlet recently with some hard

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Man Caught Trying to Smuggle Over Ten Percent of an Entire Endangered Species into Thailand

Man Caught Trying to Smuggle Over Ten Percent of an Entire Endangered Species into Thailand

Smugglers already have to answer to the police if they are caught, but a 38-year-old Thai man may have to answer to a much higher authority for attempting to steal almost thirteen percent of an entire

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Gates Foundation Offers $100,000 For Next Generation Condom Design

Gates Foundation Offers $100,000 For Next Generation Condom Design

Last year, the Gates Foundation held a competition to redesign the toilet. Turning its sights from sanitation to overpopulation, the nonprofit has now announced a challenge to reinvent the condom. By way

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