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Link to the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

Here is the link to The Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge . . .

Mobilizing for Impact Across Africa: 10 Game-Changing Examples of Advocacy and Innovation


Expanding Access to Solar Technology By Supporting Women Working in Clean Energy - Photo Credit: Solar Sister

submitted by Albert Gomez - August 9, 2013

It’s pretty evident: the world is getting smaller. Thanks to new tools and efforts across the globe, it’s also getting better.

For the evidence, look to Africa. From Casablanca to Cape Town, local, regional, and global leaders from every sphere of society are implementing innovative technologies and engaging in grassroots efforts to address some of the greatest challenges of our time. Many of them are members of the CGI community—individuals and organizations that are turning their ideas into action by increasing economic opportunities for women, promoting eco-friendly farming in Kenya, fostering youth entrepreneurship in Morocco, and more.

View the slideshow for 10 examples of mobilizers from within the CGI community that are working to advance positive change in Africa and increase shared prosperity in this ever-shrinking world.

be Waste Wise : Integrating Informal Sector Recycling in Latin America -

submitted by Albert Gomez

Using 21st century tools to bridge the gap in waste solutions expertise worldwide.

Chapter 7. Grain Yields Starting to Plateau - Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

Chapter 7. Grain Yields Starting to Plateau

by Lester R. Brown

From the beginning of agriculture until the mid-twentieth century, growth in the world grain harvest came almost entirely from expanding the cultivated area. Rises in land productivity were too slow to be visible within a single generation. It is only within the last 60 years or so that rising yields have replaced area expansion as the principal source of growth in world grain production.

Chapter 7. Grain Yields Starting to Plateau

Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

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Seoul Employs Elderly To Tackle Phone Waste

submitted by Albert Gomez

An electronics waste handling facility called Seoul Resource Center in the northeast of the Seoul. Eco City - by Steven Borowiec - July 25, 2013

South Koreans are among the world’s most frequent phone upgraders, buying about 15 million new mobile phones each year

To tackle the issue of electronics waste, or e-waste, the Seoul city government is employing the elderly and low-income to breakdown and process parts with a program called Eco City.

“Our country lacks natural resources. We started this center after we realized that a lot of the kinds of things we need, like metals, were already in the country but were being thrown out,” Eco City Chief Executive Lee Dong-hyun said.

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LogIK - Online database for cross-border movement of emergency relief items

A poster explaining LogIK

Image: A poster explaining LogIK - July 10th, 2013

When disasters strike, in-kind emergency relief items are sent from around the world. Until now, there has been no way to centrally record international contributions of humanitarian relief items.
To fill this gap, OCHA created LogIK (Logistics In-Kind) — a new online database that records these contributions. It gathers logistics information such as the sender, the origin, the destination and the details of the items.


Dangerous Global Warming Could Be Reversed, Say Scientists


We’re going to need a bigger bucket of water.  Shutterstock - by Natalie Starkey - July 14, 2013

Global warming could be reversed using a combination of burning trees and crops for energy, and capturing and storing carbon dioxide underground (CCS), according to an analysis by scientists. But experts cautioned that trying such an approach after temperatures had passed dangerous levels could be problematic, as climate change reduced the number of trees available for “bioenergy.”

The bioenergy and CCS method was the most cost-effective way of tackling carbon emissions, said the team at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, publishing their research in the journal Environmental Research Letters on Thursday.


Research - Meeting global temperature targets—the role of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage

Bloom Energy Made from Beach Sand

Bloom Energy is changing the way the world generates and consumes energy.

Our unique on-site power generation systems utilize an innovative new fuel cell technology with roots in NASA's Mars program.

Derived from a common sand-like powder, and leveraging breakthrough advances in materials science, our technology is able to produce clean, reliable, affordable power,... practically anywhere,... from a wide range of renewable or traditional fuels.

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Landfill Harmonic - The world sends us garbage... We send back music. - LANDFILL HARMONIC: Inspiring dreams one note at a time!

A heartfelt & moving story of how instruments made from recycled trash bring hope to children whose future is otherwise spiritless.

Too many children in the world are born into lives with little or no hope.

Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages (HEAL)

HEALTH & ECOSYSTEMS: ANALYSIS OF LINKAGES (HEAL) represents a global collaboration among leading public health and environmental conservation institutions focused on understanding relationships between the state of ecosystems and public health outcomes.

With planning grants over the past several years from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, the Wildlife Conservation Society organized a series of workshops starting in 2009 that brought together top professionals from the public health and conservation communities.


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