11 key funding lessons for social enterprises attracting growth-stage capital

June 26, 2018 by  
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How investors and entrepreneurs can find their way in the ‘Missing Middle.’

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How fast fashion can slow its destructive pace

June 26, 2018 by  
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The industry is notoriously unsustainable.

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Transformative technologies, passionate people changing lives around the world

June 26, 2018 by  
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Sponsored: Cisco’s free interactive playbook demonstrates how transformative technologies from AI to cloud-based networking to IoT are revolutionizing how we approach and solve some of our world’s greatest challenges. 

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Planting wildflower strips across crop fields could slash pesticide use

February 2, 2018 by  
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Could wildflowers help us cut our use of pesticides ? The Guardian reported that colorful strips of the flowers have been planted through 15 large arable fields in England – instead of just around them – as part of a Center for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) trial. The wildflowers could boost natural pest predators, potentially helping us reduce our reliance on environmentally damaging pesticides. Concern has mounted over how pesticides are harming our environment , even as we struggle to feed all 7.4 billion humans on the planet. Scientists in the UK are seeking sustainable ways to grow food, and wildflowers could help. The flower strips on 15 farms were planted last fall, where researchers will monitor them over the next five years. Related: How one Bay Area couple plans to save the bees by planting one billion wildflowers Stripes of wildflowers across farm fields could cut pesticide spraying https://t.co/L2l1tQJxdm by me @CEHScienceNews pic.twitter.com/kV4KavIjN5 — Damian Carrington (@dpcarrington) January 31, 2018 The Guardian pointed to research showing that use of wildflower margins to boost bugs like hoverflies, ground beetles, and parasitic wasps has cut pest numbers and even increased yields. But in the past, wildflowers were largely planted around fields instead of through them, making it harder for natural predators to get to the middle of large fields. GPS -guided harvesters now allow for crops to be reaped precisely, avoiding wildflower strips. Initial tests revealed planting stripes around 100 meters, or around 328 feet, apart, allowed predators to attack pests like aphids throughout a field. In the field trials, strips are around 20-feet-wide, and take up two percent of the total field area, The Guardian reports. Oxeye daisy, wild carrot, common knapweed, and red clover are among the flowers planted. Scientists will be watching to see if drawing insects into the middle of fields “does more harm than good.” CEH scientist Richard Pywell told The Guardian the ideal is that natural predators keep pests in check over the years so farmers would never have to spray pesticides. The Guardian said similar tests are happening in Switzerland, with flowers like dill, cornflowers, poppy, coriander, and buckwheat. Via The Guardian Images via Henry Be on Unsplash and Wikimedia Commons

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Seabin Project Aims To Reduce Ocean Pollution

August 4, 2016 by  
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Have you heard of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch? It’s a huge pile of garbage that’s located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – and it’s larger than the great state of Texas. Sadly, there are millions of tons of garbage that have collected into…

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7 DIY Greenhouse Ideas That Are True Gardening Gold

February 19, 2016 by  
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It’s never too early to start planning your spring garden. Did you know that there’s no better time to plan your spring garden than in the middle of winter? We don’t usually think gardening when it comes to winter but these DIY greenhouse ideas…

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How much do you want to know about your supply chain?

September 15, 2015 by  
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Companies are caught in the middle when it comes to ensuring decent working conditions and protecting their reputations.

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The surprising way air pollution levels in the Middle East are affected by years of conflict

August 24, 2015 by  
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A new study has revealed significant changes in air pollution levels in the Middle East, with economic crisis, humanitarian catastrophe, and war being contributing factors. High resolution satellites have been collecting data from major cities since 2005 and the results have flown in the face of previous predictions of the region’s emissions. Read the rest of The surprising way air pollution levels in the Middle East are affected by years of conflict

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Which countries are doing their part to stop Colony Collapse Disorder

August 21, 2015 by  
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Pollinators are the lifeblood of ecosystems everywhere. They help plants reproduce, increase biodiversity, facilitate the dispersal of species into new regions, maintain genetic diversity within plant populations, increase fruit yields, and support flora and fauna at every level of the food chain. But for the past 10 years, bee  keepers have been finding their hives suddenly and inexplicably abandoned. In the years since, the phenomenon often called Colony Collapse Disorder has been reported in Egypt, China, Europe, USA, Japan and the Middle East. This handy map reveals which countries are doing their part to stop the collapse and which have a long way to go. Read the rest of Which countries are doing their part to stop Colony Collapse Disorder

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July was the hottest month in recorded history

August 21, 2015 by  
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Last month was the hottest month, ever; not in California or even all of America, but in the whole recorded weather history of the planet. Phys.org reports that the first seven months of 2015 were the warmest since modern weather records began in 1880, and this past July was the warmest month ever entered into those records. The average July temperature across land and sea surfaces around the world was 61.86 degrees F (16.61 Celsius), cracking the previous record set in 1998. Read the rest of July was the hottest month in recorded history

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