This Bicycle Will Clean Polluted Air While You Pedal

Posted on Friday, May 19th, 2017

Dubbed the Smog Free bicycle, the invention works by sucking the polluted air into a contraption located on the front of the bike. As urban environments grow, particularly in emerging markets such as China, Brazil, and India, city smog is increasingly becoming a public health concern. Indeed, according to the World Health Organization, around 3 […]

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A climate change solution beneath our feet

Posted on Friday, May 19th, 2017

When we think of climate change solutions, what typically comes to mind is the transportation we use, the lights in our home, the buildings we power and the food we eat. Rarely do we think about the ground beneath our feet. Kate Scow thinks a lot about the ground, or, more precisely, the soil. She’s […]

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How Clean Cookstoves Create Gender Equality

Posted on Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Alex Kamweru / UN Foundation This article is contributed by Michele Sullivan, Director of Corporate Social Innovation at Caterpillar and President of the Caterpillar Foundation, and Radha Muthiah, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Imagine spending hours every day cooking your family’s food over an open fire, your eyes burning […]

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A before-and-after snapshot shows the incredible impact of clean cookstoves.

Posted on Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Over 4 million people die every year from inhaling the toxic pollution from unsafe stoves. Can you imagine? Having to cook over an open fire — burning dung, coal, and wood for fuel — is comparable to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. Not to mention how dangerous it is to live around an […]

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Wetland Restoration Promises Benefits

Posted on Thursday, May 18th, 2017

CHAPEL HILL, Tenn. — A 65-acre agricultural field has been restored to its original wetland state in the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee, producing ecological, human, and economic benefits for the local community. The restoration project was completed at Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill through a partnership between park staff, the […]

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Wetland Restoration Efforts

Posted on Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Bair Island planting event (photo by Save the Bay) The Bay Area is prized for its beauty, and is one of America’s great estuaries. Over the years, urbanization and the transformation of open spaces to more intensive land uses have contributed to the marginalization of the region’s native species and their habitats — wetlands […]

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Reforestation Efforts That Really Work

Posted on Thursday, May 18th, 2017

As Indonesia’s forests vanish from logging and fires, the future of our planet continues to hang in the balance. Reforestation can go a long way to solve this problem. Reforestation, however, is not just a matter of planting trees. When you learn about the challenges in research and monitoring, and what can be […]

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The unsung heroes of climate change

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Rainforests are the poster child for conservation. They’re packed with charismatic wildlife and are essential for the health of the planet. Why wouldn’t you want to try to save them? But they are not the only ecosystems playing a crucial role on Earth. For example, did you know that 450 billion tonnes of carbon […]

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Seeing the wood for the trees

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

From the towering kapoks of South America to the sprawling banyans of South Asia, from misty cloud forests to ice-covered pines, forests are some of the most diverse and important ecosystems on Earth. However, as conservationists and foresters try to manage, conserve and restore forests across the world, they often rely on scanty and scattered information […]

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Tropical trees solution for climate change

Posted on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Planting trees in any climate is beneficial because there are many benefits of planting trees. Yet, planting trees near the equator “cools” the planet more than trees planted in temperate latitudes. Scientists from the International Panel on Climate Change have focused on tropical trees as the key to solving many global environmental and social challenges […]

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