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mother with an infant strapped to her back - photo by  Kristoff KohlhagenA couple in Rwanda defeats ethnic hatred with love

Viateur and his wife, Judith, have married across the divide between Hutus and Tutsis, becoming entrepreneurs and peace builders. The couple’s true passion is helping to build peace in their country and continuing the important work of reconciliation. » Full Story

Two cameramen in foreground filming a group of people sitting around a tableParisian radio show lets immigrants set their frequency—and tell stories

In a country riven by debates over immigration, Radio des Foyers tries to build a bridge with an ambitious radio project that offers an inside perspective into the lives of foyer residents and of other immigrants who live at the margins of French society. » Full Story

San Francisco skyline with a bridge in the foreground10 Cities That Are Shaping The Future Of Urban Living

As more than half of the world's population now lives in urban areas, innovative environmental initiatives are increasingly important to ensure that the future of city living is a bright one.
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mother and child sit before a simple light inside their homeTesla's low-cost renewable battery could revolutionise Africa's energy supply

Just like the mobile phone allowed the continent to surge ahead in internet connectivity, so a battery pack that can power a home or business could allow Africans to leapfrog the limits of the grid.
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A small boy with glasses playing a grand piano Joey Alexander, an 11-Year-Old Jazz Sensation, Who Hardly Clears the Piano’s Sightlines

We can be grateful for one of the great mysteries of life that can bring us fully formed, amazing music “from the heart” of prodigies like Joey, who are totally open to receiving and using their gifts. » Full Story + Video

earth seen from space in the dark with lots of lights onCan The Earth Be Conscious?

The Earth's surface is made manifest in light (actual light, as in radio waves, microwaves, etc.). But does all that thought mean the Earth is thinking? Does that mean it's awake? » Full Story

blue solar reflectors on the ground covering a large area.Including the poor in the solar energy boom

A Colorado community's solar farm may be the first of many that lets people buy cheaper, greener electricity. » Full Story

baby tortoiseHistoric birth for Galapagos tortoises

The first hatchlings have been born in the wild in over 100 years. The process of tortoise restoration is a very long one, which invites vulnerability in a rapidly changing world, yet provides us extended opportunity to correct our abuses. » Full Story

palm fruit cut open KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut commit to deforestation-free palm oil

The company that owns fast-food restaurants said by the end of 2017, it will "source 100 percent of its palm oil for cooking oil from responsible and sustainable sources." » Full Story

young man serving something to two elderly womenDutch nursing home offers rent-free housing to students

A nursing home in the Netherlands allows university students to live rent-free alongside the elderly residents, as part of a project aimed at warding off the negative effects of aging. » Full Story

Girl in a blue hat with birds behind herThe Girl Who Gets Gifts from Birds

Lots of people love the birds in their garden, but it's rare for that affection to be reciprocated. One young girl in Seattle is luckier than most. She feeds the crows in her garden - and they bring her gifts in return. » Full Story

Yellow toxic water with chemical symbols overlayedThe Fine Art of Recycling: turning coal into art

The goal of this innovative solution to turn toxic waste to good use, is to stream line the collection and drying process and turn hundreds of thousands of gallons of toxic coalmine drainage water into pigment to sell commercially. When the math is done, the price of pigment, cleaning up the watersheds would break even. » Full Story

Smiling woman in a bakery at workWhat a town in Uganda teaches about ending aid dependency

In Iganga, Uganda, the community group Musana has changed its model from dependency on outsiders to local initiative. Businesses created and run by locals are also moving the Musana community closer to achieving sustainability. » Full Story

man sitting on the tip of a ledge overlooking a fjord7 cultural concepts we don't have in the U.S.

If you want to add a new and different perspective to your life, there are plenty of other ways to recognize joy and beauty outside American traditions. From Scandinavia to Japan, India and Germany, the concepts below may strike a nerve with you and inspire your own personal or familial celebration. » Full Story

man with white hair and glasses wearing a prison guard uniformNorway's prison without bars: 'It's a trust thing'

Prison Guard Lasse Andresen has worked for 38 years in Norway's prison system in low and high security, rural and urban, old and new. Now he is at Halden Prison, which tests the limits of humane incarceration and rehabilitation, greatly reducing re-offending rates. » Full Story


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