Turning Trash into Health Care in Indonesia

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 their waste and sanitation.

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Can Trash Fuel British Airways?

According to the Air Transport Action Group, the commercial aviation industry wants to achieve carbon-neutral growth by 2020. Trash could be the solution. With the number of flights increasing around the world daily, is this pie-in-the-sky thinking? Not according to British Airways and Solena Fuels, who are working together on the GreenSky Project.

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India Paves the Way with Plastic — But will it work?

The OECD estimates that upwards of 40% of municipal waste in India is simply not collected. Over the years, scientists and regional and municipal governments in the country have been collaborating on how to reduce the amount of non-biodegradable waste that blankets the country. This project is modeled after smaller-scale road paving initiatives that occurred in New Delhi and Bangalore …

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Let the Oceans Clean Themselves: The Ocean Cleanup Array

  A young Dutch engineer named Boyan Slat is currently conducting a feasibility study for a device that could help clean up our oceans. The device, dubbed The Ocean Cleanup Array, would consist of a series of floating booms and 24 manta ray-styled processing platforms that could collect and filter floating debris. The processing platforms would be anchored to the …

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