Good cities are built for walking, which is perhaps why Chicago has unveiled an ambitious plan to put pedestrians first. The capital of the midwest aims to eliminate pedestrian fatalities and drastically reduce injuries over the next ten years.
In the developing world, disease caused by poor sanitation is the second largest cause of death in children under five years old, and according to the World Health Organization, 1.5 million lives are lost each year to diarrhea and contaminated drinking water. Now a group of undergraduate students from Arizona State University participating in the 2012 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition have developed an inexpensive biosensor that can detect major pathogens.
Environmental campaigner and sustainable fashion blogger Esther Freeman wants you to know the faces behind the world’s cheapest and most available fashions. A new east London photography exhibition, launched by Freeman’s Fashion Mob campaigning organization, features photos captured by some of the world’s leading NGOs such as Greenpeace, ActionAid, and Anti-Slavery International.
There may be a stark difference between Obama and Romney in their climate change rhetoric (let’s turn a blind eye for a second to climate change action), but what about on energy policy? After all, in different degrees both Obama and Romney pay lip service to supporting both fossil fuels and renewable energy. And what about Dr Jill Stein, the presidential candidate from the Green Party?
President Obama, often shy of turning climate change into a marquee campaign issue, last night made a full-throated endorsement of climate action, calling out Governor Romney and the Republicans as disbelievers of reality, and jokesters about a real threat. He also explicitly linked this summer’s extreme weather to global warming.