The Green Roofs of Mexico City

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.

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Intercepted Food Waste Feeds the Hungry

Established in 2013, The Real Junk Food Project is a network of cafes that diverts food waste and uses it to create delicious, healthy meals on a pay-as-you-feel model. Every day volunteers go out to intercept surplus food from supermarkets, food banks, allotments, wholesalers—wherever it can be found—and deliver it straight to those who need it.

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Conservation Continues in Paraguay’s Biodiversity Hotspot

Since winning the Rolex Enterprise Award in 2012, Karina Atkinson and her organization, Para La Tierra (PLT), have received much positive attention for their conservation efforts in Paraguay’s exceptionally diverse, and increasingly threatened natural environment— an area known as “South America’s forgotten corner.”

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The Growth of No-Car Zones

In an effort to help curb air pollution, many cities worldwide have been limiting the use of cars, and encouraging the public to use public transportation, walk, or cycle to their destinations. While the idea to limit, or altogether ban, private vehicles isn’t groundbreaking, the positive results it has on cutting pollution are staggering.

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