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This ‘Green Mountain’ in India improved the lives of hundreds by keeping pollution in check and restoring groundwater

A few decades ago, residents of Jharbagda village in the state of West Bengal, India, were facing serious problems. Depleting groundwater levels, sweltering summer heat and inadequate firewood for fuel were a few of them. It was not long before they realized that the only way to tackle these issues was to re-green their village’s mountain that had turned almost barren owing to rampant deforestation. Over...

January 30, 2020 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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Scientists are using food waste and plastic waste to form flash graphene that could massively lower the environmental impact of concrete

A team of researchers at the Rice University, led by chemist James Tour, have come up with a unique method to create flash graphene in just 10 milliseconds by heating carbon-containing materials to 3,000 Kelvin (about 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit). The carbon source could be just about anything with carbon content – including food waste, plastic waste, petroleum coke, coal, wood clippings and biochar. Further,...

January 30, 2020 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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Florida will purchase 20,000 acres of Everglades wetlands to save the area from drilling

In a move that is being hailed by environmentalists, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently announced that it will purchase 20,000 acres of wetlands in the Everglades to protect the area from oil drilling. A press release from the state’s Governor Ron DeSantis stated that this is the largest wetland acquisition in over a decade. “This significant purchase will permanently save...

January 29, 2020 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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People in Philippines are using volcanic ash and plastic waste to repair buildings damaged by the recent eruption

Last week, Taal volcano erupted in the Philippines that resulted in the city of Binan getting covered under a thick blanket of volcanic ash. The residents have decided to turn this tragedy into an opportunity by producing tens of thousands of bricks from that same ash as well as cement and plastic waste for the purpose of repairing the parts of the city damaged by the eruption. After the Taal volcano erupted...

January 24, 2020 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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This Indian doctor has been providing free palliative care for the last 16 years

Not all heroes wear capes, and Dr Johny Gabriel from the south Indian state of Kerala is proof of that. Despite securing a job as a regular government hospital doctor, Gabriel wanted to do something more to help people who couldn’t afford healthcare or who couldn’t come to the hospital for treatment. After becoming the hospital’s favorite doctor, Gabriel wholeheartedly participated in...

January 23, 2020 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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Local churches donate nearly $13 million to pay off medical debts of families in this community

United Church of Christ congregations and the Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis collaborated with New York-based nonprofit RIP Medical Debt in order to pay off medical debts of around 11,000 families in the community amounting to almost $13 million. “Please note that we only addressed those who are living at or below poverty — people who should not have to worry about the cost of health care anyway,”...

January 22, 2020 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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These Canadian truck drivers are giving rides to hospital workers in rough winter weather

We all know how harsh winters can be and how difficult it can be to commute when your city is buried under several inches of snow. Amid all this winter chaos, here’s a heartwarming story of Canadian kindness to make your day a little brighter. Since Vancouver Island was covered in a foot of snowfall earlier this week, almost 100 citizens have offered up their jeeps and driving services to help nurses,...

January 17, 2020 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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Colgate comes up with Vegan Society-certified toothpaste that comes in a recyclable tube

Traditional toothpaste tubes contribute to the mounting problem of plastic waste in a big way as they are hard to recycle. These tubes are created from a mix of plastic and aluminum and it is estimated that almost 20 billion of them are discarded annually. Now the good news is that Colgate’s new Smile for Good brand, which has also been certified by the Vegan Society, comes in a tube made from high density...

January 16, 2020 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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Helicopters are dropping carrots and sweet potatoes for wildlife in Australia

As thousands of animals still remain stranded amid Australia’s raging bushfires, authorities have come up with a solution to feed them in order to help them survive this crisis. Helicopters are being used to drop thousands of pounds of carrots and sweet potatoes to stranded wildlife under “Operation Rock Wallaby” undertaken by the New South Wales government. The parks service has spent the past...

January 15, 2020 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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This Indian start-up’s super sustainable, solar-powered home is what the world needs more of!

Cityrene is a Chennai-based sustainable construction startup founded in 2016, by Dilipan Bose and A Nivethitha. The duo are civil engineers and design engineers on a mission to design and construct sustainable and resilient homes.  Cityrene offers two home models to potential clients – The first model is for a ‘Basic Economical Home,’ where the house is built using eco-friendly technology and comes...

January 10, 2020 by pooja pooja 0 Comments
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