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How a Humble Sanitary Pad is Changing the Lives of Rural Women in India

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Video Interview: America’s CTO Catalyzes Health Entrepreneurship Through Open Data

Health data liberation is catalyzing entrepreneurs to create products and services to help consumers, patients, doctors, nurses, and other health professionals both seek and deliver better care. The data is also enabling tools that help doctors get a sense of patient population trends, that help journalists identify key report worthy issues such as health disparities and that help officials see food deserts so they can craft better policy.


Study: Even a Little Red Meat Is Bad For You

A 20-year study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that the consumption of any kind of red meat significantly increases the likelihood of premature death. The study, which tracked 110,000 people over two decades found that the consumption of a little as 3 oz. of unprocessed red meat per day, increased the death rate by 13%. An equal size portion of processed red meat, such as bacon or hot dogs added to the diet will increase the chance of premature death by 20%. That’s just about as high as the risk due to smoking cigarettes which is rated between 20-30%.


Tweet to Trim SXSWi’s Carbon Footprint

Austin-based Green Mountain Energy Company has issued a challenge to SXSW attendees, speakers, fans and even those who were not able to attend, but wish they were there – spread the word and offset the conference’s carbon footprint.

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Top Utilities Reaching Out With Social Media

Perhaps the first step in the morphing of our electric delivery system into a more democratic enterprise is the adaption by a number of leading utilities, of internet-based social media, to engage more actively with their customer base.


Gender Equality at Xerox and MIT

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington DC hosted two powerful women on February 29, 2012 – Xerox Chairman and CEO, Ursula Burns, and MIT President, Dr. Susan Hockfield, – who delivered keynote speeches and sat down for a fireside chat touching upon the necessary social changes that must accompany the clean technology revolution.

The old conservation model isn't working to save the planet. Here's a provocative look at how integrating preservation and development can make it more effective. Photo Credit: K. Moore

A New Conservation Ethic for the 21st Century

By Peter Kareiva, Robert Lalasz and Michelle Marvier By its own measures, conservation is failing. Biodiversity on Earth continues its rapid decline. We continue to lose forests in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. There are so few wild tigers and apes that they will be lost forever if current trends continue. Simply put, we are … Continued

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Dubai’s Sustainability Agenda Must Start With Health

Submitted for the TckTckTck Rio +20 Blogging competition, this article by Leon Kaye explores how Dubai and the United Arab Emirates can confront climate change from a public health perspective.


My Two Cents on Impact Investing

I’m not loaded, by any stretch of the imagination, but I do have enough savings to do something useful with, so I’ve decided that 2012 is going to be THE year I finally get hip to investing my hard-earned cash. And I am particularly motivated this year because impact investing—which focuses not only on financial returns but on social and environmental ones as well—has seriously piqued my interest and provided the inspiration to invest that I’ve been missing. Follow me on my journey through my blog series: My Two Cents on Impact Investing.