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High Tech Farms

The Intelligent Optimist   
August 19th, 2013

High Tech Farms

Farming has become a huge problem in the United States. With less than 1% of the population identifying themselves as farmers, it becomes necessary to find innovative solutions. Eric Maundu, founder of Kijani Grows, believes he’s found a solution through alternative farming and educating the next generation.

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5 Ingenious Ideas For Parking All Our Bicycles

Co.EXIST   
July 10th, 2013

5 Ingenious Ideas For Parking All Our Bicycles

Gas is soaring in cost and traffic is only getting worse. The obvious alternative is cycling. It’s fantastic for the environment, a commuter’s pocket, and it trims off the belly fat. The only problem that plagues city planners is space. Answering the puzzle of establishing enough space for bicycle parking is perplexing city planners around the world. As a result, some very interesting solutions are being tested in the cyclist capitals of the world.

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How Better-Trained Farmers Are Slowing Brazil’s Deforestation

Global Envision   
June 24th, 2013

How Better-Trained Farmers Are Slowing Brazil’s Deforestation

Brazil faces an environmental disaster with the Amazon quickly diminishing. Thanks to efforts from groups like Imazon, the deforestation has been drastically hindered.

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Nigeria: Lowering Pesticide Exposure Risk With Mobile Phones

allAfrica   
June 4th, 2013

Nigeria: Lowering Pesticide Exposure Risk With Mobile Phones

In Nigeria, education in the usage of pesticides is virtually non-existent. John Gushit, a researcher from the University of Jos, personally experienced the dangers of pesticide misuse and decided to teach farmers how to reduce exposure through the use of a common cell phone.

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Building A Social Network For Clean Water With Apps And Cheap Tests

Co.EXIST   
May 28th, 2013

Building A Social Network For Clean Water With Apps And Cheap Tests

The app mWater is taking advantage of technology and readily available water testing kits to create a “social network for water” that allows people access to data concerning the quality and location of water that they are planning on using and drinking.

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Why Sharing News About Solutions Is A Revolutionary Act

Yes! Magazine   
August 15th, 2013

Why Sharing News About Solutions Is A Revolutionary Act

Typically all we see are the negatives headlines in the news, and we may consider tackling the problem to be pointless. This is far from the truth, however, because we also have hope for a better world. By effecting change on the small scale, we all have the power to solve the big problems. From investing more in renewable energy to protecting woodlands, we are changing the world for the better.

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How Two Plant Geeks Grew A ‘Paradise’ In A Blighted Backyard

YES! Magazine   
June 25th, 2013

How Two Plant Geeks Grew A ‘Paradise’ In A Blighted Backyard

In Holyoke, Massachusetts, two friends decided to turn their front yard into more than just a lawn. The two highlight the ingenuity any individual can have in having a healthier and cheaper diet while making use of commonly disregarded land.

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Transforming Solar Pumping To Eliminate Rural Poverty

Global Envision   
June 5th, 2013

Transforming Solar Pumping To Eliminate Rural Poverty

Currently, there is vicious cycle of poverty in developing countries that originates with agriculture. The present practice of irrigating crops by the mass majority of poor farmers is extremely ineffective. The SunWater project combines efficiency, affordability, and sustainability for poor farmers who desperately want to eliminate this cycle of hardship.

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A Hyperrealistic Farmville To Train The World’s Farmers

Co.Exist   
May 30th, 2013

A Hyperrealistic Farmville To Train The World’s Farmers

Maintaining a farm isn’t easy and requires a lot of knowledge in order to factor in the endless variables. As a result, Farm Defenders, a simulation game funded by the Gates Foundation, aims to interactively teach government officials on the Do’s and Don’t's of farming who can then relay it to farmers in their respective nations.

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Envisioning An International Treaty Banning Drones

WAGING NONVIOLENCE   
May 25th, 2013

Envisioning An International Treaty Banning Drones

One of the great decisions in the global political sphere today is about drones, and whether or not these weapons should be used for warfare. In order to ensure a more peaceful future, the creation of an international treaty banning the use of drones may be necessary.

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