Years of studying disaster relief has led Jose Holguin-Veras to a few simple truths about donations. While tiger costumes and Viagra aren’t going to do much good, it makes people feel better to think they’re helping. But they’re not--they could be doing a lot of damage.
Jana, a cell phone survey network, polls billions of otherwise hard-to-reach consumers in exchange for free airtime or other rewards. It’s already worked with the U.N., but it plans to become the pulse of the global poor.
The U.K.'s capital is ambitious in its commitment to reduce emissions and improve its environment. A look at a city involved in its own climate change.
It certainly doesn’t seem like anyone in charge has any ideas about how to stop climate change, so let’s open it up to everyone. A crowdsourcing project from MIT has found the best solutions from the rest of us--like personal rapid transit or convincing us all to eat less meat.
One of the most crowded and polluted cities on the planet, Dhaka might not seem like a place for a massive new clean development. And yet, Green Leaf--a new “sustainable garden city”--is currently under construction there.
This summer, scientists will begin pumping water into the sides of a dormant volcano in Oregon at pressures great enough to cause small earthquakes. It’s not the start of an evil plot--it may be a genius way to make geothermal energy viable.
Those Scandinavians are so cutting edge and bike friendly. Now they’re going a step further, connecting two cities with a major artery that’s for bikes only.