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Elizabeth Cassin

Tom Colls

11 April 2017

Saint Helier, Bailiwick of Jersey, United Kingdom

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On the island of Jersey, postal workers don’t just deliver the mail: they also check up on elderly people during their routes. With a quick face-to-face chat, they check that they’ve taken their medication and if ther...

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William Kremer

4 April 2017

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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Costs of childcare can be debilitating, especially for single mothers and low-income families. In London, some parents are banding together to take on shifts at their nursery, dramatically lowering staffing fees to ke...

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Gemma Newby

28 March 2017

Cap-Haïtien, Department of Nord, Haiti

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Haiti is currently battling the biggest cholera epidemic in recent history caused by lack of access to clean drinking water. Soil is an NGO which delivers dry, compost toilets to peoples’ homes - alternatives to wat...

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Camilla Costa

9 March 2017

Cubatão, Brazil

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In the 1980s, Cubatão was known as the "Valley of Death" due to extreme levels of pollution in the area. After industrial manufacturers were mandated to install "chimney filters", air pollutions were reduced by more t...

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Alvaro A. Ricciardelli

8 March 2017

Dehzou, Shandong, China

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Shandong Province in China is burdened with heavy air pollution due to being a hub of coal mining. To create a cleaner energy system, one man created a "city" entirely powered by solar energy, complete with a "solar m...

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Navin Singh Khadka

7 March 2017

Kathmandu, Nepal

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Kathmandu is one of the most polluted countries in the world--a title once caused by the excess smoke produced by brick creation in the city. However, after a 2015 earthquake destroyed much of the old technology used ...

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Mariam Rizk

7 March 2017

Cairo, Egypt

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For many years, the city of Cairo has been dealing with dense smog, known as the "black cloud," that covers the city. This air pollution was initially set off by farmers burning surplus crops, but now is the cause of ...

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Mukul Devichand

5 March 2017

Beijing, Jingjinji, China

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Air pollution is a huge problem for China, but surprisingly, the Air Quality Index in several cities is improving because of a variety of experimental projects that are being rolled out and a number of clever pollutio...

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Kathleen Hawkins

27 February 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark

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3-5 Minutes

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Selina Juul is a woman from Denmark who is spearheading an incredible multi-pronged approach to combatting food waste. She partners with local grocery stores to change sales tactics wrote a leftovers cookbook, partner...

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Kathleen Hawkins

26 February 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Voter turnout is a problem around the world, especially in local elections and among minority groups. But a small group of academics and activists in the US are experimenting with a new way to encourage people to turn...

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Tom Colls

12 February 2017

Makindye, Kampala, Uganda

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Professor Kevin McGuigan in Dublin has proven that simply leaving contaminated water in a plastic bottle out in the sun for several hours is effective in killing off harmful bacteria like e-coli and provide a simple s...

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Nick Holland

5 February 2017

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

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New apps like Tap Tap See and Be My Eyes are helping blind people solve everyday problems by combining smartphone video technology with an army of volunteers. The app allows a blind individual to take a photo or video...

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Sahar Zand

29 January 2017

United States

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In order to mitigate the impact of fake news crafted and spread for political purposes, social media sites and independent organizations are developing media literacy tools. These range from changes to social media al...

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Fi Glover

Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

25 January 2017

Australia

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Tough laws, taxes, and a public information campaign helped cut Australia’s adult smoking rate in half. The country leads the world in these efforts, including being the first to require plain tobacco packaging in 201...

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Fi Glover

22 January 2017

Shanghai, China

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Shanghai students have consistently performed at the top of the world on math tests - a 15 year old in Shanghai scores better than most 18 year olds in the UK. Sometimes called "the mastery method," the Shanghai model...

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Martha Lane Fox

15 January 2017

Tunisia

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Tunisian women have more rights than any other Islamic country. Since their revolution in 1956, the country has led the Arab world in establishing rights for women. Since then, legislation is still being pushed forwar...

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Harry Low

6 January 2017

Japan

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Japan has one of the lowest death by gun rates in the world, 6 to 33599. How? The country has established strict policies for buying and maintaining guns. The police force has installed restrictions regarding the use ...

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Fi Glover

Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

4 January 2017

Japan

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Japan’s annual gun deaths are in the single digits, thanks to tight regulations on firearms. Even police defuse violence using martial arts rather than guns. Criminals use knives instead and find ways of illegally imp...

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Fi Glover

Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

1 January 2017

Lima, Peru

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Between 2005 and 2015, Peru cut its poverty rate in half. Though there is still more work to be done, Peru can attribute its success to several reasons. The combination of inclusive economic growth and targeted, high-...

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Sahar Zand

1 January 2017

Villa Lordes, Lima Metropolitan Area, Peru

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Abel Cruz "catches" clouds on his fog net farm to help provide free water for his community in a slum on the outskirts of Lima, where access to water is very limited and costly. While this solution may never compete w...

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Emma Wilson

Sahar Zand

18 December 2016

Tarma, Junín, Peru

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One in three children in Peru are stunted by a lack of nutritious foods in their diet. In 2005, the government gave cash hand-outs to poor mothers, but only on the condition that they had regular health check-ups and ...

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Sahar Zand

20 November 2016

Beqaa Valley, Lebanon

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In a creative twist, Syrian refugees are being given cash cards to spend as they wish rather than being given food boxes or in-kind donations. Agencies and refugees themselves say that it gives them dignity and choice...

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Helena Merriman

2 August 2016

Poland

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CFCs, chemicals created in the early 20th century, were an industrial success but destroyed the atmosphere. How a group of environmentalists, scientists, and lawyers in the 70s/80s raised public awareness which ultima...

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Linda Pressly

7 July 2016

Ottawa, Canada

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The recommended treatment for chronic alcoholism is abstinence. But at the Oaks - a permanent home for those who once lived on the streets - residents are given a measure of wine at hourly intervals. It is called the ...

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Helena Merriman

5 July 2016

Minnesota, United States

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What if you could figure out a way to nudge bankers into making decisions with more integrity, in order to avoid future financial woes? Can a sense of safety and ethics be forced into company culture? The Inquiry take...

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