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Afghanistan midwives tackle world’s highest maternal mortality rate
A British GP training midwives in Afghanistan has spoken of the daily challenges facing her team as they work to save the lives of mothers and their children in a remote part of the country. Dr Sarah Pickworth, from Stratford-upon-Avon, is based in the mountainous Province of Ghor, which is sealed off by snow for half the year as temperatures plummet to minus 37 celsius. Afghanistan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world; this is the number of women who die in pregnancy, labour and after childbirth. Four years ago, the district  “which has a population of 800,000, around the size of Leeds” did not have a single trained midwife. Sarah said: ‘Healthy newborns run the serious risk of hypothermia as their mothers simply don’t understand the need to keep their baby warm. ‘There are a host of hidden cultural challenges. For example many women bleed to death... Continue Reading
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Wall Street Occupiers, the Future Depends on You
Video: For more than 15 years, David Korten has called for an end to the Wall Street economy. Why he hopes the Occupy movement will finally change the game. As the ranks of Wall Street protesters swell and solidarity spreads in other cities and nations, many Americans are asking, Why do they do it? And what do they imagine could replace Wall Street? After 15 years of outspoken criticism of the financial system, David Korten talks about moving back to a Main Street economy, and tells protesters nationwide why they give him hope.   Interested? #Occupy: Follow our ongoing coverage... Continue Reading
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The Story of Broke: Nov 8, 2011
The United States isn’t broke; we’re the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working. But rather than invest in something better, we continue to keep this ‘dinosaur economy’ on life support with hundreds of billions of dollars of our tax money. The Story of Broke calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy,... Continue Reading
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Youth Sustainability Conference Makes IMPACT!
The Co-operators is fuelling the push to a more sustainable future by engaging the passion of a collective group of Canadian youth through its program, IMPACT! The Co-operators Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership. In partnership with the Natural Step Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation, and several other organizations and Canadian universities and colleges, The Co-operators hosted its second gathering of the some of the country’s brightest young minds Sept. 15-18 in Guelph. The IMPACT! Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership is billed as an opportunity for students to gather with sustainability experts from business, non-government organizations and academia and discuss some... Continue Reading
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Doing Good, Better: New Initiative Will Support Socially Focused Designers
From a story about Occupy Design’s infographic kits to a challenge asking readers to redesign the report card, GOOD features designers using their talents to improve their communities almost every day. But the triumph of solving a social challenge often comes at great cost: Most of this work is done without pay and during overtime hours, which can strain a designer’s business. “Designers say, ‘I’ll take my own time and my own resources and try and solve a problem alone,'” says Manuel Toscano, principal of the corporate identity firm Zago. “That’s wrong.” A new initiative by AIGA, one of the... Continue Reading
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The Hidden Eco-Benefits of Working from Home
Some time ago I posted on how we built a home office in an storage old barn using reclaimed materials. And I have to say that working from home is one of my favorite thing about my current job(s). Every now and then, of course, we hear of studies that claim that telecommuting is more polluting than working from an office—studies that Lloyd usually debunks in pretty short order. But nevertheless these get me thinking—telecommuting has way more eco-benefits than just saving on gas from your commute. Here are a few of my favorites. (Yes, some of them involve peeing.)... Continue Reading
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‘Poop’ Power
Maryland is seeking proposals for the purchase of electricity generated from animal waste like poultry litter and livestock manure, the governor’s office announced on Thursday. Eligible energy suppliers must have a capacity of up to 10 megawatts, connect directly to the grid and be able to begin providing power to the state by Dec. 31, 2015. While the idea of poo-derived power may sound unconventional, Maryland isn’t the only state that’s giving it a second look. Through a pilot case study conducted by its Cow Power program, the state of Vermont produced 12 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year by... Continue Reading
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CooKit solar panel cooker
Panel solar cookers are the first solar cookers that are truly affordable to the world’s neediest. In 1994, a volunteer group of engineers and solar cooks associated with Solar Cookers International developed and produced the CooKit, based on a design by French scientist Roger Bernard. Elegant and deceptively simple looking, it is an affordable, effective and convenient solar cooker. With a few hours of sunshine, the CooKitmakes tasty meals for 5-6 people at gentle temperatures, cooking food and preserving nutrients without burning or drying out. Larger families use two or more cookers. The CooKit is made of cardboard and foil... Continue Reading
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Why People Should Act More Like Whales
Song of the Spindle is a funny and surprisingly insightful conversation between a man and a whale. It turns out that humans and whales have more in common than one might expect; for example, certain species of whales have spindle neurons — considered to be “the brain cells that make us human.” Seattle-based animator Drew Christie talks about his creative process and recommends a few whale-related books in an interview below. The Atlantic: How did you get into illustration and animation? Drew Christie: I have been drawing since as long as I can remember. My dad used to paint and draw for... Continue Reading
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