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    Turning the Tides on Plastic Pollution

    The Seabin is a simple, low-maintenance, and effective way of removing ocean debris and plastics from the water. It is small, unobstructive, and unlike existing ocean cleaning methods, it does not cost much and runs around the clock.

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The Mobile-Controlled Greenhouse Modernizing Kenyan Farms

The Mobile-Controlled Greenhouse Modernizing Kenyan Farms

January 29th, 2016

. By Valerie Busch

Sector: Agriculture

Over 70% of Sub-Saharan Africans work in agriculture, but the sector is faced with challenges such as a heavy reliance on rain, and outdated farming technologies. But two Kenyan university students have a new idea: what if they could build greenhouses to protect crops, and irrigate only when needed using SMS?... (more)

Tags: Agriculture,greenhouse,irrigation,Kenya,Mobile,Sub-Saharan Africa,Technology

Re-Defining Waste: New Nano-Tech Toilet Creates Water

Re-Defining Waste: New Nano-Tech Toilet Creates Water

January 20th, 2016

. By Sarah Anstett

Sector: Inventions,Water & Sanitation

Researchers at Cranfield University are developing an innovative waterless toilet, the widespread use of which can improve the lives of millions in vulnerable communities around the globe.... (more)

Tags: clean water,sanitation,toilet,Water

From Motorcycles to Tractors

From Motorcycles to Tractors

January 18th, 2016

. By Anna Snider

Sector: Agriculture,Inventions

Tractors are too expensive for small-holder farmers in India and draft animals are becoming increasingly difficult to feed in drought-prone areas. A farmer in the Indian state of Gujarat has come up with an innovative solution.... (more)

Tags: farming,India,motorbike,tractor

The Green Roofs of Mexico City

The Green Roofs of Mexico City

January 15th, 2016

. By Brendan O'Driscoll

Sector: Environment

Mexico City, which has struggled for decades with dangerous air quality, has become a global leader in combating ambient air pollution. In 1992, the United Nations described Mexico City's air as the most polluted on the planet. Since then, the city has enacted stringent pollution control measures to improve its reputation and quality of life.... (more)

Tags: architecture,Green innovations,green roof

Street Lamps Light the Way to Eradicating Dengue Fever

Street Lamps Light the Way to Eradicating Dengue Fever

January 13th, 2016

. By Valerie Busch

Sector: Health,Inventions

Dengue fever has become widespread in the tropical world, causing as many as 390 million infections per year in 128 different countries. Researchers at the University of Malaya (UM) have devised an LED street lamp to capture mosquitoes to curb the spread of dengue and other mosquito-borne illnesses.... (more)

Tags: dengue fever,mosquitoes

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