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    Traditions and Technology Combat Illegal Logging

      Indigenous groups in Northern Brazil are taking matters into their own hands to protect the Amazon Rainforest. Areas close to the Ka’apor’s indigenous territory, within the Alto Turiaçu region, have been targeted by illegal loggers. The roughly 2,000 person tribe is now embracing new innovations to combat rapid deforestation near their homes. These groups of “forest guardians,” as they refer …

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India Shows Its (Cattle) Mettle

India Shows Its (Cattle) Mettle

October 7th, 2015

. By Valerie Busch

Sector: Agriculture,Inventions

India is the world leader in milk production, producing about 91 million tonnes of milk per year. However, Indian milk producers are not realizing their full production potential because they cannot provide adequate nutrition for their cattle. Now, an engineer has created a low-cost feed to help them increase their productivity and their incomes.... (more)

Tags: cattle,farmer,feed,India,mesquite,milk,production,Thar Desert

Women Take the Wheel in India

Women Take the Wheel in India

October 5th, 2015

. By Sarah Gottshall

Sector: Gender,Livelihoods

India has a less-than-stellar reputation concerning women’s rights. Sexual violence and misogyny appear to be normalized, as evidenced by the horrific reports of rape and other crimes against women that have recently come to light. Despite this, women are fighting back using different tactics. Indian women are asserting themselves through employment to attain financial independence.... (more)

Tags: Female empowerment,India,Taxi,Transportation,Women,women’s rights

Women's safety — There's an app for that!

Women's safety — There's an app for that!

October 2nd, 2015

. By Cari Siebrits

Sector: Gender

There's a new app in India that's keeping women safe. Using online and mobile technology, Safecity is collecting data, pinpointing problems and coming up with solutions to tackle violence against women in cities across the country.... (more)

Tags: apps,gender,girls,India,mobile app,violence,violence against women,Women

Turning Trash into Health Care in Indonesia

Turning Trash into Health Care in Indonesia

September 30th, 2015

. By Valerie Busch

Sector: Environment,Health

Like many developing countries around the world, Indonesia is faced with a difficult and growing garbage problem. Trash leads to illness and diminished quality of life, and many Indonesians must also cope with the high cost of health care. In 2010, a doctor named Gamal Albinsaid devised a new idea to help people access badly needed health insurance and manage... (more)

Tags: Asia,garbage,health insurance,healthcare,Indonesia,Waste

FLAP Soars in Bird Conservation

FLAP Soars in Bird Conservation

September 28th, 2015

. By Ellen Parsons

Sector: Environment

Throughout North America, studies estimate that anywhere between 100 million to 1 billion migrating birds die from colliding with buildings annually. The Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) is a non-profit organization manned with approximately 100 dedicated volunteers. They have numerous programs and initiatives that make them leaders within the realm of bird conservation.... (more)

Tags: birds,urbanization,wildlife

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