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Why Bill Gates expects a huge wave of poverty reduction in Africa

While the pictures we see of Africa in the media or in donation campaigns show stark poverty and despair, these images don’t show the whole picture. In fact, when it comes to many important indicators such as literacy rates and childhood deaths, life in Africa has improved dramatically over the last decades. And according to Bill Gates, the continent is on the brink of a wave of poverty reduction just like China and India have experienced in the 21st century. 

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  • TIME
  • Date:09/24/2018

The doughnut may hold the key to a sustainable economy

For economists, the biggest economic conundrum in the world right now is the following: how do we fast-track economic development while leaving a livable planet for future generations? According to Oxford University economist Kate Raworth, the answer may lie in the humble doughnut.

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  • Ozy
  • Date:09/21/2018

Why the quest to eliminate extreme poverty requires a concentrated effort

Just 9 percent of the world is living on less than $1.90 a day, but we’re still far away from reducing that number to zero. While India and China have quickly reduced poverty over the last few decades, sub-Saharan Africa's rate of poverty is decreasing at a slower rate. This is a worrying prospect considering the population of this region is expected to double in size by 2040, meaning that nearly 90 percent of the world’s poorest people will be living in sub-Saharan Africa. If we want to eliminate extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa and other poor regions of the…

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  • Fast Company
  • Date:09/19/2018

Fighting climate change could generate $26 trillion for the world economy by 2030

A report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that shifting from fossil fuels to cleaner energies such as solar power could prevent 700,000 premature deaths from air pollution in 2030. Beyond public health, fighting climate change could generate more than 65 million new low-carbon jobs and add $26 trillion to the global economy in the coming 12 years. The report, however, warns policymakers there is a “critical” 2-3 year window to unlock these green benefits—or else the planet could barrel towards runaway. climate change.

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  • EcoWatch
  • Date:09/07/2018

Oxfam to empower Cambodian rice farmers with blockchain

Oxfam has launched a pilot project in Cambodia to help rice farmers getting paid their fair share using blockchain technology. Blockchain for Livelihoods from Organic Cambodian Rice, or Blocrice, will analyze and test how 50 farmers can be empowered by having up-to-date information and value distribution in their supply chain.

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  • Date:08/29/2018

10 blockchain projects to keep an eye on

We recently explored how blockchain is being used as a force for good and conducted a handful of interviews with practitioners in the industry. Yet the blockchain space is fast-moving and constantly brimming with new projects that could make the sharing economy increasingly accessible to all.

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  • Date:08/23/2018

Bitcoin buster? The search for a more stable cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies - digital tokens known as cryptos for short - have investors in the grip of a gold rush fever, with billions being traded every day. Prices fluctuate wildly, making them high-risk investments.

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  • Date:08/22/2018

This angel network wants to mobilize 100,000 women investors

Trish Costello, founder, and CEO of investing platform Portfolia, holds the giveaway up high, offering the 60-plus conference attendees gathered in this Boston ballroom a chance to take a look. Dubbed vSculpt, the product is a vaginal rejuvenation device designed for women who suffer from low bladder control and other pelvic floor issues, post-childbirth.

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  • Date:08/16/2018

ATMs become next battleground for cryptocurrency

Crypto kingpins are duking it out for control over the exploding market of cryptocurrency ATMs. Walk into a Prague subway station and chances are you’ll see an ATM.

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  • Date:08/06/2018

Move over, Bitcoin bros: A green cryptocurrency is here

To say that the cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin eats a lot of energy is an understatement. If Bitcoin were a country (praise be to the libertarian god that it’s not), it would be the 39th most energy-intensive place in the world, running on a similar amount of power to Austria.

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  • Date:08/03/2018
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