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World Toilet Day sheds light on poo taboo

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No one talks about it but everyone does it. On World Toilet Day, it’s time to shed the taboo on poo.

The United Nations observes Nov. 19 as a day of action to raise awareness about people who do not have access to a toilet.

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Water & Sanitation

Scotland uses space tech to bring clean water to developing world

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Water & Sanitation

It was once used as a cleaner for the solar panels on Soviet space craft. But now the early space technology, developed 40 years ago, has been revived by two Scottish firms who are using it to provide clean water for 100,000 people in Pakistan and save lives.

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Agriculture

Florida agriculture losses after Hurricane Irma ‘a real gut punc

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Agriculture

Florida agricultural producers ventured into their fields and groves after Hurricane Irma to find oranges ripped from trees, shade houses gone, vegetable beds ruined, sugarcane flattened and power poles and lines down.

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Environment

This video shows the extraordinary trend of global warming in more than 100 countries

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Environment

Lipponen, a researcher at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, used publicly available datafrom NASA to demonstrate the rising temperatures across the world. This captivating video created by Antti Lipponen visualizes more than 100 years of temperature change in 191 countries in just 35 seconds.

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Agriculture

Nonprofit Helps California's Asian-American Farmers Grow Their Businesses

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Agriculture

Growing up, Youa Yang did not envision himself taking over his family's business. His parents were Hmong refugees from Laos who arrived in Fresno, Calif., in the late 1980s and settled down to become farmers. He went to college for economics and mathematics and found himself knee-deep in the finance industry immediately after graduating.

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Agriculture

Global food insecurity: Could the next generation have the answer?

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Agriculture

It’s no secret – farming is declining in popularity. All over the world, young people are put off by the long hours and low pay and this is a worrying trend. That’s why we need a new generation of farmers, explains Adrian Percy.

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Gender Equality

15 Male Athletes Who Are Proactively Fighting for Gender Equality

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Gender Equality

Ahead of the 2017 ESPY Awards tonight, we started thinking about the qualities that make a true champion. Someone with skill, sure, but most important, someone who is a team player. For that reason, we decided to round up a few male athletes who are MVP-worthy in our books for the way they are actual champions of gender equality.

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Agriculture

Trump's grade in agriculture? A 'C" overall average says, farm policy expert

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Agriculture

President Trump’s best decision on agriculture was to put Sonny Perdue in charge of USDA, says economist Barry Flinchbaugh, a farm policy expert and Kansas State University professor. Perdue provides sound advice to the president, said Flinchbaugh, who gave Trump a “C” average on the four issues of farm bill, trade, immigration, and deregulation, reported Drovers.

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Gender Equality

These Scientists Sent a Rocket to Mars for Less Than It Cost to Make "The Martian"

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Gender Equality

On November 5, 2013, a rocket launched toward Mars. It was India’s first interplanetary mission, Mangalyaan, and a terrific gamble. Only 40 percent of missions sent to Mars by major space organizations?—?NASA, Russia’s, Japan’s, or China’s?—?had ever been a success. No space organization had succeeded on its first attempt. What’s more, India’s space organization, ISRO, had very little funding: while NASA’s Mars probe, Maven, cost $651 million, the budget for this mission was $74 million. In comparison, the budget for the movie “The Martian” was $108 million. Oh, and ISRO sent off its rocket only 18 months since work on it began.

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Gender Equality

How This Woman Is Fighting for Gender Equality in Tech

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Gender Equality

There was once a time — the mid-1980s, to be precise — when women were earning close to 40% of the country’s undergraduate degrees in computer science. That’s not gender parity, but it seems tremendous compared to where that number sat in 2014, when only about 18% of such degrees went to women. That paltry figure underscores one of the tech industry’s greatest challenges: Boosting the number of women who study, and later pursue careers in, technology.

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Education

Google Has A Solution For The UX Design Education Gap: Google

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Education

As a profession, "designer" is constantly evolving. Fifty years ago, chances are you'd either be a graphic designer, industrial designer, or furniture designer. In five decades, you might be an artificial organ designer, a cybernetic director, or fusionist, according to some futurecasting pros. But today, one of the most in-demand jobs is that of the user experience (UX) designer—a by-product of our increasingly digital world, where a strong user experience is essential to remain competitive.

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Gender Equality

The truth about the gender wage gap

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Gender Equality

Nearly 10,000 people graduated with MBAs from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business between 1990 and 2006. In 2009, three economists decided to study a quarter of those graduates. They asked a detailed set of questions about the jobs they’d held since graduation, how many hours they worked, where they worked, and what they had earned each year.

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Water & Sanitation

Israel Proves the Desalination Era is Here

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Water & Sanitation

Ten miles south of Tel Aviv, I stand on a catwalk over two concrete reservoirs the size of football fields and watch water pour into them from a massive pipe emerging from the sand. The pipe is so large I could walk through it standing upright, were it not full of Mediterranean seawater pumped from an intake a mile offshore.

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Education

How lessons from health care and housing could fix higher education affordability

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Education, Health

The federal government spends more than $160 billion each year on subsidies for college, but nobody believes the country has come remotely close to meeting the goal of universal college affordability. By contrast, under the landmark 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the share of uninsured Americans has dropped by roughly one-third and is now at a historic low.

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Environment

Thailand closes dive sites over coral bleaching crisis

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Environment

Thailand has shut down 10 popular diving sites in a bid to slow a coral bleaching crisis, an official said Thursday, in a rare move to shun tourism profits to protect the environment. The tropical country’s southern coastline and string of islands are home to some of the world’s most prized white sand beaches and scuba sites, and the booming tourism industry props up Thailand’s lagging economy.

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Gender Equality

What will it take to get to gender equity in the arts? It takes a village.

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Gender Equality

As many of us are still digesting all the art we’ve seen and heard in the last few weeks in New York alone - from Frieze to CONTEXT and beyond - there is one question that keeps me up at night: How well are women artists really doing in the marketplace as it stands almost midway through 2016?

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Water & Sanitation

How One Man's Quest to Do Good Is Helping People With the Most Essential Human Need

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Water & Sanitation

In The Business of Good, serial and social entrepreneur Jason Haber intertwines case studies and anecdotes that show how social entrepreneurship is creating jobs, growing the economy, and ultimately changing the world. In this edited excerpt, Haber tells the story of one man’s plan to do something more with his life than throw parties.

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General

ImpactAlpha: Can the Gates Foundation Make Markets Work for the Poor? | SOCAP

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General

Learn: How the foundation lost its entire investment in one biotech company – and reaped a 17-fold return on another. How a minor financial misstep earned Root Capital a dose of “tough love” that ultimately helped the agricultural lender grapple with the dangers of rapid growth. How the foundation used its deep pockets and superior market knowledge to steer pharma giants Merck and Bayer toward a low-price, high-volume strategy for contraceptive implants for women in low-income countries. How the foundation saw something more in the off-grid solar revolution in Africa: a way to expand commercial lending for the poor.

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Gender Equality

Gender Equality in U.S. Jobs Might Not Be as Bad as You Think

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Gender Equality

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Women and men are not equal parties in the U.S. workforce. That can be qualified and quantified in any number of ways, but it's a simple, depressing national truth.

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Gender Equality

Access to Digital Technology Accelerates Global Gender Equality

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Gender Equality

In every industry, digital technologies are transforming the status quo. Now we have evidence that they are also bringing us closer to workplace equality. Digital fluency is helping to level the playing field between men and women at work.

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Education

30 million children have lost their homes - they must not lose their education | Kevin Watkins

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Education

At the world humanitarian summit next week in Istanbul, Turkey, governments have a rare opportunity. By getting behind an initiative aimed at delivering education to some of the world’s most vulnerable children, they could make this a summit that delivers something more than vague promises and a communique that is long on words and short on action.

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General

Instagram's White Savior Barbie neatly captures what's wrong with "voluntourism" in Africa

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General

Savior Barbie stands in front of a chalkboard in a run-down classroom somewhere in Africa. “It’s so sad that they don’t have enough trained teachers here. I’m not trained either, but I’m from the West,” the caption on the photo reads. In another, the plastic figurine poses in front shacks made from scrap metal and sticks: “Just taking a slumfie… Feeling so blessed.”

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General

Malia, The Rise of the Gap Year, and Ethical International Engagement (SSIR)

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General, Education

A growing number of students—including President Obama’s older daughter, Malia—are deciding to take a year off, or a “gap year,” before they begin college. During this time, many will choose to engage in some form of international volunteering service.

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Gender Equality

What My Single Mother Taught Me About Feminism and Gender Equality

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Gender Equality

My mother and father separated and eventually divorced while I was still very young. My upbringing was not unlike many other kids raised in the 1970s by single parents. Women’s liberation meant that women no longer had to depend on men for financial security. Birth control enabled women to have sex without the fear of pregnancy and in case the contraception failed, abortion was made legal in 1973.

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Education

How efficient is Indian education?

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Education

The Right to Education (RTE) Act has been a cornerstone in changing the education landscape in India. With the introduction of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the goal of ensuring universal primary education was aggressively pursued, and a significant quantitative impact in terms of the enrolment ratio has been seen. For the past six years now, enrolment in the country has been around 96%, which may seem a great feat. However, an assessment of the actual learning levels reveals the flip side of the coin. It is almost as if the common ‘volume versus quality’ trade-off has played its part in this scenario too, like any other.

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Agriculture

Agriculture Start-Ups Get Boost From Big Firms and Investors

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Agriculture

Compared with medicine, where small companies often lead in turning cutting-edge science into new drugs, agriculture has never had much startup activity.

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Gender Equality

Bloomberg's New Gender Equality Index Shows Who's Investing In Women

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Gender Equality

On Tuesday morning, Bloomberg unveiled a new index intended to showcase what the biggest financial players are doing to promote gender equality.

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General

Unreasonable Institute partners with DCID to boost startups

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General

Poverty, lack of education, access to clean water... These social concerns strike a global chord. If an entrepreneur conjures up a workable solution, why not scale that up with a smart mix of hand-picked mentors, funders and a worldwide network? That’s exactly what the US-based Unreasonable Institute chose to do with a new experiment, the India partner of which is the city-based Deccan Centre for Innovation and Design (DCID).

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