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Governments must create the conditions to encourage private investment in clean technologies and sustainable development.
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Social entrepreneurs are everywhere. Through a new initiative, Ashoka hopes to make the field of US social entrepreneurship more diverse, geographically and otherwise.
Through a new initiative, Ashoka hopes to make the field of US social entrepreneurship more diverse, geographically and otherwise.
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2. Clean Energy. Attempts to fight climate change by reducing the demand for energy haven’t worked. Fortunately, scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs have been working hard on the supply side to make clean energy convenient and cost-effective. Due to steady technological and manufacturing advances, the price of solar cells has dropped 99.5% since 1977. Solar will soon be more cost efficient than fossil fuels. The cost of wind energy has also dropped to an all-time low, and in the last decade represented about a third of newly installed US energy capacity.

Forward thinking organizations are taking advantage of this. For example, in India there is an initiative to convert airports to self-sustaining clean energy.
“The strongest force propelling human progress has been the swift advance and wide diffusion of technology.” — The Economist
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Everyone seems to think the country is falling apart. In fact, it couldn’t be better.
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Edward O Wilson is a professor emeritus in entomology at Harvard. Half-Earth concludes Wilson’s trilogy begun by The Social Conquest of Earth and The Meaning of Human Existence, a National Book Award finalist. 
 
Half of the Earth’s surface and seas must be dedicated to the conservation of nature, or humanity will have no future
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The internal sugar industry documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today’s dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry.
Newly discovered documents show that the sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to shape the debate around heart disease, sugar and fat.
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California jumped ahead of Brazil and France to become the world’s sixth-largest economy in 2015.
Buoyed by a still-rising tech sector and expansion in other industries, California jumped ahead of Brazil and France to become the world’s sixth-largest economy in 2015, according to a report released Friday by the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. While tech continued to lead California’s growth, the sector wasn’t the largest factor in the state’s rise. “What made 2015 special was the growth spread to Southern California,”...
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To get a sense of the size of this shift, consider that the financial sector now represents around 7% of the U.S. economy, up from about 4% in 1980. Despite currently taking around 25% of all corporate profits, it creates a mere 4% of all jobs.
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Once upon a time, there were two major browsers that virtually everyone used: Netscape and Internet Explorer, locked in a death-battle for the future of the Web. They went to enormous lengths to tempt Web publishers to optimize their sites to work best inside their windows, and hoped that users would follow.
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The California drought is not over. The great hope for major replenishment of California's surface and groundwater supplies — the “Godzilla” El Niño — has failed thus far to live up to its super-sized hype, delivering only average amounts of rain and snow, primarily to the northern half of the state.
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CHICAGO — A newly designed bottle is only part of Merijn Everaarts business plan to get consumers to ditch disposable water bottles. The res

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The Rise of the New Groupthink
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How Pop-Up Architecture is Changing Our Relationship to the Built Environment, From Brooklyn's DeKalb Market to Oakland's Popuphood

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The sharing economy isn't motivated by the environment
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While web sharing sites -- like Airbnb and Zipcar -- have an environmental angle, potential users of these services aren't all that motivate

THE POWER OF GAMING with Dr. Jane McGonigal | City Arts & Lectures
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Jane McGonigal directs game R&D at the Institute for the Future, the nonprofit forecasting firm where she developed Superstruct, a massi

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Certain types of consumers have been gaining attention from marketers because of the strong tole they play in the purchasing decision. Wheth

UN Plaza Hit With Plastic Wave
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To recognize World Water Day, a giant wave made out of plastic bottles was erected at San Francisco’s UN Plaza this morning. World Water Day