|Eastern China Hit By Severe Air Pollution
- Another “airpocalypse” has hit China. Many eastern provinces have been shrouded in polluted air since Wednesday. The thick smog has obscured cities’ skylines and blocked sunshine. Nanjing issued a red alert on Thursday and called off classes for all kindergartens, elementary and middle schools. In Shanghai, students are advised to cancel outdoor activities due to the harmful conditions.
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|Does Australia Have A Space Future?
- With endless vistas, thousands of miles of unadulterated coastline, and shockingly desolate red deserts, Australia would seem the logical spot for a launch/space economy.
Fri, 6 Dec 2013 00:13:00 -0500
|Bitcoin Gets Valued: Bank Of America Puts A Price Target On The Virtual Tender
- Virtual currency Bitcoin has no central authority, no national allegiance and no easy tracking mechanism. While enthusiasts have lauded it as an escape from the man (aka. the banks and government), detractors have argued that the system opens the door for money laundering, drug trading and even murder.
Fri, 6 Dec 2013 00:04:48 -0500
|Top Three Social Innovators Awarded By The abc* Foundation
- What do a Brazilian-born technology expert, a Zimbabwe climate change activist, and a Mexican inventor of new building materials have in common? They were just selected to receive two years of financial support and access to high-level media, investors, and business partnerships as winners of this year’s abc* Foundation award, having been chosen from among 21 Ashoka Fellow Finalists selected to present at the 2013 abc* Continuity Forum. Why would Latin American business leaders invest in these social entrepreneurs? Because, as abc* Foundation Director Camilo Galvis pointed out in our recent interview with him (published here), Latin America faces serious and complex economic, social, and environmental challenges that hold it back from the progress its people and businesses need to thrive. The abc* leaders recognize their own long-term economic interest in improving the wellbeing of the countries in which they do business, and they dedicate resources, experience, networks, and skills to collaborate with the best social innovators to bring their already tested and proven ideas to Latin America, representing an impressive display of cross-sector collaboration for social good. This accomplishes two important things: it builds upon these Fellows’ solutions to fast track their positive impacts throughout the region, and in so doing, it helps develop these innovations so that they can be scaled globally. Something the companies behind the abc* Foundation know a lot about. Here are their Ashoka Fellow picks for 2013:
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