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The app that saved 1,000 children

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Countless children in Nigeria contracted lead poisoning from local mining industry projects. A government-sponsored social media campaign, using the hashtag #SaveBagega, spread awareness and helped secure funding to stop the epidemic.

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Labeling the Danger in Soda

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Nutrition labeling on sugary drinks hardly gives understandable measurements so that consumers can make informed choices for their well-being. Outside of the United States, other countries like Mexico have tried the “12 teaspoonfuls” campaign that clearly informs consumers what is in their soda, ...

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A Hard Nut to Crack: Reducing Chemical Migration in Food-Contact Materials

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When we buy food, we buy its packaging too. But what happens when these valuable and painstakingly engineered containers leach chemicals and other compounds into the food and drink they’re designed to protect?

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Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems?

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Clean water and healthy ecosystems are becoming increasingly difficult to come by. With floating islands and other inventions, eco-entrepreneur Bruce Kania thinks that biomimicry - such as reconstructing wetlands and growing biofilms - can tackle the toughest of water problems.

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Tracking Fish From Hook to Fork

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Sourcing food locally is an increasingly popular trend. New tracing technologies will make it easier to see where fish are coming from. 

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Denmark Might Be Winning The Global Race To Prevent Food Waste

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To decrease the nations food waste, activists in Denmark showed the people that it was safe buy and consume items that were very recently expired.

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Researchers around the world are learning from indigenous communities. Here's why that's a good thing.

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In the Northwestern Territories of Canada, wildlife biologists received unfavorable critiques from indigenous communities for how they were going about with their caribou studies. By forming relationships with the indigenous peoples, they were able to change their approach and learn from the loca...

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One by One, States are Giving Consumers the Right to Know About Chemicals in Products

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The U.S. federal government rarely requires manufacturers to list the chemicals in consumer goods outside of food. Various states are starting to enact legislation requiring greater transparency.

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What To Do About the Antidepressasnts, Antibiotics, and Other Drugs in Our Water

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Prescription drugs are greatly polluting the national water supply, causing researchers to begin looking for a method to better filter water and dispose of unused medicine.

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Can Bats Reduce Nut Farmers' Pesticide Use?

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In California some farms lose up to 10 percent of their crop due to coddling moths. Davis University is measuring the impact bats have on various walnut farms, such as potential savings from reduced insecticide use and crop loss to insects.

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