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Enzymes: Unsung Heroes of Sustainability

Enzymes may be the key to designing cleaning products that are truly sustainable – using less water, less energy, and less toxicity.

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The Gates Foundation Promotes Building Better Condoms

People all over the world were demonstrably excited to participate in the Gates Foundation’s next generation condom contest, which features an award up to $1 million in funding to develop and distribute the winning, standout condom.

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Climate Crisis: Grassroot Movements Will Bring Change Says IPCC Chair

Typhoon Haiyan is being called the latest example of the effects of extreme climate change. The Chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri wasted no time in bringing attention to that fact hours after Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines. His prediction of what will ultimately change the tide on climate change, however, may not be what you would expect from the leader of a government-appointed panel.

'Wallam e’ jangde" means “help me learn” in Fulaani, a local Senegalese language.

Baskets Build Schools, Empower Women in West Africa

Two of the biggest problems afflicting the people of West Africa is a lack of access to education and employment — without one, the other is difficult to attain. So says Valerie Lemke, Co-Founder of Jjangde, a social enterprise that strives to address both issues by connecting handmade goods from rural communities in Senegal to global markets, and using the profits to fund schools in the communities where the goods were made.

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Mexico Taxes Soda to Combat Obesity

Mexico has successfully passed legislation placing an 8 percent sales tax on sugary soft drinks in response to their obesity epidemic.

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Hurtling Toward a Nine Billion Head Count

Some say the world is on a one-way trip toward a nine billion population count by 2040, with no way to turn back. But is the simple reality of numbers the whole story or is it more about resource constraints, especially at the current rate of unbalanced consumption?

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Fracking Headaches: Homeowners Battle Developers for Mineral Rights

Developers in Colorado’s expanding residential areas have been quietly holding back mineral rights to land that they sell, leaving new residents with the surprise of finding that they have little control over what happens when mining companies come knocking. And the trend isn’t limited just to Colorado developers.

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Helping Bottom of Pyramid Workers Find Jobs in Africa

Did you know that the unemployment rate is 12% in Ghana and 40% in Kenya? At DEMO 2013 last week, I caught up with Maxwell Donkor who is working to solve this problem. Donkor is the founder of mPawa, who matches bottom of pyramid workers with employers.

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Nonprofit Retrofits Buses as Mobile Showers for the Homeless

A San Francisco nonprofit has come up with an ingenious way to make free showers and lavatory access available to the city’s poorest citizens. Retired MUNI buses will be converted into mobile shower stations. And the startup is being fueled through donations with remarkable success.