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    The Technology Trap: I Spy Black Market Logging

    Actors at the institutional level and the NGO level are utilizing technology in different ways to track illicit logging activity in the Global South, and they are depending on local populations to help them do it. Read more to learn how a US-based NGO manipulated a cellphone to trap loggers and funded the whole thing (and them some!) on Kickstarter.

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The Lucky Iron Fish - Part Four of our Grand Challenges Canada series

The Lucky Iron Fish - Part Four of our Grand Challenges Canada series

Buzz Worthy News from Sri Lanka

Buzz Worthy News from Sri Lanka

July 20th, 2014

. By Courtney Mollenhauer

Sector: Health,Inventions

According to the World Health Organization, 2.5 billion people are at risk of contracting dengue fever, a mosquito-borne viral infection with no approved preventive vaccine. Initially, dengue produces flu-like symptoms and when left untreated, it can become life-threatening. In Sri Lanka alone, there were an estimated 30,000 cases of dengue last year. In an effort to do their part... (more)

Tags: dengue fever,mosquitoes,news,print media,South Asia,Sri Lanka

Turning Garbage Into Schools

Turning Garbage Into Schools

July 18th, 2014

. By Elizabeth DiCesare

Sector: Education,Environment

Finding safe, strong, and sustainable construction materials can often be a challenge in many countries across the Global South. Many buildings, including schools (which are often single classrooms) are commonly found in small, cramped shacks. Not only are school children easily distracted in cramped learning spaces, they are also in physical danger due to poor building conditions. But a... (more)

Tags: EcoBrick,garbage,Recycling,School,South Africa,Sustainable

Refutrees: Putting the roots in grassroots

Refutrees: Putting the roots in grassroots

July 17th, 2014

. By Lindsay Purchase

Sector: Agriculture,Environment,Livelihoods

Refugee communities, those facing both long and short-term displacement, are often reliant on donor resources for survival. Palestinian refugees, who number in the millions, have been displaced for decades. Multiple generations live in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank, Syria and the Gaza Strip, environments that often provide limited opportunities for resource and economic sovereignty. To address... (more)

Tags: farming,Palestine,refugee,rooftop garden

Super Bananas to the Rescue!

Super Bananas to the Rescue!

July 16th, 2014

. By Courtney Mollenhauer

Sector: Agriculture,Health

Vitamin A deficiency contributes to blindness, weak immune systems, impaired brain development, as well as 650-700,000 child deaths globally each year. Tackling this issue has been problematic since nutrient supplements are costly and fortifying foods with vitamin A directly can result in over-consumption and become toxic. Enter the super banana, a genetically engineered fruit designed to combat malnutrition. In Uganda,... (more)

Tags: bananas,GMOs,Nutrition,Sub-Saharan Africa,super foods,Uganda

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