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Berkeley Takes on the Sugary Drink Industry

The sugary drink industry continues to get a bad rap. Blamed for promoting obesity, diabetes and bad eating habits, sugar-sweetened sodas are now the subject of two tax measures in California. They’re also experiencing decreasing sales in Mexico, where a tax on sodas is in effect. If Berkeley’s tax measure does pass, it could herald a change of heart regarding America’s favorite fizzy drinks.

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The Carbon for Water Program’s Impact in Rural Kenyan Homes

On Friday, I made a number of home visits with Steve Otieno, Vestergaard’s country director for climate & water in Kenya. Steve manages the Follow the Liters campaign here. He also managed the Carbon for Water program, which, funded by carbon credits that were administered by Climate Care, provided nearly 900,000 LifeStraw family filters back in 2011. At each home, we learned how rural Kenyans were making use of their new gravity-fed water filters.

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8 Companies Working to Eliminate Hunger

Thursday, Oct. 16, is World Food Day — an annual day of action against hunger. While spreading awareness on World Food Day is great, it takes year-round action to secure real change. With that in mind, this week we’re tipping our hats to eight companies that are working to eliminate hunger worldwide.

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Brazilian Startup Solidarium Connects Artisans with the Global Marketplace

“The whole idea of Solidarium is to create the largest distribution network for handmade products in the world,” founder Tiago Dalvi told Triple Pundit. The company, which allows local artisans to sell their products in an online marketplace, hopes to reach 1 million people over the next five years.

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Corporate Donors Pledge Support for Syrian Refugees

Five of the initiatives announced at the Clinton Global Initiative’s tenth annual meeting will help Jordan and other Mideast nations cope with the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.

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North American Beekeepers Sue to Stop Pesticides

Beekeepers say it’s the chemical pesticides; the chemical companies say it’s Mother Nature who’s killing off the bees (by way of mites). With growing research that suggests that a new class of pesticides is contaminating both food and water sources, beekeepers are launching their own strategies to get the chemicals pulled from the market.