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FarmVille Gets Real: Click Here to Plant a Tree

Supposedly everyone should plant a tree once in their lifetime. But where and how exactly? For the internet generation, often living far removed from anything resembling a garden, Treedom offers a simple solution. Pick a tree. Click. Plant it. Click. Track its growth with photos and GPS data. Read on

Drones and Satellites For Good - Keeping the Peace

In February of this year, the UN released a report calling for an upgrade in the technological tools deployed by peacekeeping forces. More specifically, they advocated an increase in the use of drones in humanitarian efforts, highlighting their ability to monitor and curb outbreaks of violence, and to gather information about the situation within conflict zones. Read on

SMART Trash Bins Used as WiFi Spots in NYC

Some of us are used to the convenient lifestyle our modern and connected lives afford us. But not everyone has the privilege to access to free internet in cafes or shopping centres. Last winter, a smart bins company in NYC created a project and turned trash cans into (today's version of) gold – free WiFi Hotspots for households in downtown Manhattan. Read on

Could The Sun End Africa's Energy Divide?

Last month, the Africa Progress Panel launched its 2015 report with a very ambitious plan: to make electricity accessible to every single African by the year 2030. This means putting pressure on Western and African leaders to transform Africa's energy system. Luckily we do not have to wait for long in this regard. Read on

Life Saving Dots: How Iodine-Soaked Bindis Are Transforming Rural India

Millions of people across India suffer from an iodine deficiency, which can cause serious and irreversible – and ultimately preventable – health problems. Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable. So what can be done to reach out to a country with 500 million women? A simple initiative, recently tested in rural India, may offer a solution: the Life Saving Dot. Read on

Tiffin Box Take-Aways With No Added Plastic

Buying take-aways, we often end up with more packaging than food: a bunch of plastic boxes, plastic lids and plastic forks, handed over in a plastic bag. They're are convenient, but it’s hard to think of a meal that creates such a huge amount of instant and unnecessary waste. Read on