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Adele Peters

15 April 2019

South Africa

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To fight a recent surge in endangered rhino poaching, the South African government began utilizing data analytics typically used to study consumers to map out poaching networks. Piecing together data from sources as v...

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Adele Peters

30 March 2019

Pocahontas, Iowa, United States

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Though small towns are often overlooked when it comes to transportation innovation, a company called Koloni brings an affordable bike share system to the small town of Pocahontas, Iowa. The town, with a population of ...

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Adele Peters

26 March 2019

New York, New York, United States

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A copywriting student at Miami Ad School developed small, stylish buttons depicting different commonly taken medications to encourage conversations around mental illness and to destigmatize mental health issues. The "...

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Adele Peters

22 March 2019

Beira, Mozambique

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Climate change is causing storms to intensify across the world, resulting in mass destruction that ruins peoples homes. Mozambique has recently experienced this reality when a tropical storm resulted in a massive floo...

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Adele Peters

15 March 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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The technology company Pachama has developed a way to combine “satellite, drone, and lidar images” to estimate the size of trees and forests around the globe. Its founders were motivated by the carbon offset industry....

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Adele Peters

13 March 2019

Nassau, Bahamas

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The Guardian is a robot that uses electric shocks to catch the lionfish, an invasive species that has been detrimental across the Atlantic. The project has transformed into a non-profit called Robots in Service of the...

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Adele Peters

11 March 2019

Abilene, United States

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The national program Built for Zero is aiming to end veteran and chronic homelessness by using a comprehensive data set that allows for tracking of the homelessness situation day-by-day, along with a Housing First ap...

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Adele Peters

8 March 2019

Haverhill, Ohio, United States

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A common type of plastic, Polypropylene, is usually “downcycled” - meaning it makes lower quality materials when recycled. A new innovation in recycling will allow it to be recycled into “virgin” material that is cost...

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Adele Peters

4 March 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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A community in North Amsterdam tackles the issue of rising water levels head on by building homes that can float. The houses are built to include solar energy grids using blockchain so neighbors can share electricity,...

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Adele Peters

28 February 2019

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Researchers in Australia have discovered a way to capture CO2 from the air and turn it back into solid carbon. The new method uses liquid metal and electricity to process the CO2 and store it at room temperature – som...

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Adele Peters

21 February 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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In 2014, Berkeley, California passed a soda tax that proved so successful in decreasing the sales of sugar-filled drinks, that the the policy is now being considered for a statewide expansion. Although Berkeley was on...

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Adele Peters

20 February 2019

Vanuatu

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Vaccines delivered by done offer dependable access to healthcare in remote areas. On the island nation of Vanuatu, tech companies are partnering with the nation’s government, and UNICEF, to test drone deliveries. Simi...

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Adele Peters

19 February 2019

United States

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A grantmaking organization known as The Solutions Project seeks to diversify the traditional white male-dominated world of philanthropy by pledging to invest 95% of its resources in renewable energy projects led by pe...

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Adele Peters

15 February 2019

Canada

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Talent Beyond Boundaries is an organization that connects refugees with specialized skillsets to employers who can offer them jobs (and visas) in Canada and Australia. For many such refugees, employers traditionally a...

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Adele Peters

12 February 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Cities with large numbers of empty apartments look to Vancouver's apartment tax, which taxes owners for unused apartment space. After the tax was put in place, the number of unoccupied apartments in Vancouver went dow...

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Adele Peters

7 February 2019

United States

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A new mobile app called Tarjimly connects refugees with much needed translation services, especially in times of emergency. With over 8,000 volunteer translators who speak over 90 languages, the adaptable app can brea...

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Adele Peters

7 February 2019

Florida, United States

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A startup called Locus Agricultural Solutions has created a "probiotic" for soil that uses a mixture of beneficial fungi and bacteria. Not only does it increase productivity of crops, but it also absorbs enough carbon...

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Adele Peters

1 February 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Patients suffering from chronic illnesses can often be overwhelmed with their care routines and doctors typically only have limited time to monitor them. A small robot is changing this narrative, however, by providing...

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Adele Peters

28 January 2019

United States

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Microfiber company PrimaLoft has developed a new insulation material for clothing like fleece jackets that is made from recycled fiber. Other materials can take hundreds of years to biodegrade, but the new material br...

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Adele Peters

24 January 2019

Thessaloniki, Greece

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Diverting trash from the landfill and into productive use is one way to help close the loop on consumer waste. In the Greek city of Thessaloniki, the Zero Waste Lab is turning plastic waste into new furniture for publ...

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Adele Peters

22 January 2019

Worcester, United Kingdom

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Microsoft recently piloted the Code Jumper, a kit that allows children with visual impairments to learn how to code using tactile and auditory responses. The Code Jumper kit features several "pods" that correlate to a...

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Adele Peters

17 January 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Facial recognition technology is now being used to crack down on illegal poaching of chimpanzees, an endangered species. By adapting algorithms for human recognition into a prototype, researchers are hoping to find an...

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Adele Peters

14 January 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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A handful of sustainability-oriented startups are working with concrete companies around the world to reduce their carbon footprint. The concrete & cement industry is responsible for 8% of global carbon emissions; how...

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Adele Peters

3 January 2019

Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States

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Turning a coal plant carbon neutral requires a community effort. In Holyoke, Massachusetts, community organizers from the Toxics Action Center and Neighbor to Neighbor, a local Latinx organization, succeeded in gettin...

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Adele Peters

12 December 2018

Vallejo, California, United States

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Development companies like FactoryOS have turned to industrial manufacturing and 3D printing in an attempt to hasten development timelines and reduce city and civilian costs. Construction crews build entire apartment ...

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