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The influence and impact that the fashion industry has on this world is no secret. However, few know the tremendous amount of pollution created by the fashion industry, and even fewer realize its extremely harmful impact on the environment.

The industry that dictates the style of this generation is posing a threat to future generations and to this planet as a whole. Regardless of how seriously you take fashion...

Book

When browsing among the shelves at the local book store, The Cost Disease is apt to be a turnoff for those looking for an upbeat read. In a sense, this would be a serious error, and a daring reader would soon discover that in less than a century, "the amounts we can consume of virtually everything will have gone up about 700 percent." Real income per capita in 2010, the time the book was written, was a bit...

Noteworthy

The secret is out: New York City has been quietly dumping its retired and decrepit subway cars into the ocean for...

This fall, a new kind of public school will open its doors for a new era of students in Owensboro, Kentucky in the...

Nineteen-year-old Sara Covelli is leading the charge at Union College in New York towards a more sustainable way of...

At a time when using public transportation can instill fear in a woman, cab companies from India to New York City...

Landmines are an old weapon that were used heavily in WWII and continue to pose a threat today in many developing...

At age two and a half years old, young Duygu Kayaman of Turkey lost her sight due to a lump behind her visual nerve...

Good news from off the coast of California in the United States: once ravaged by whaling, the California blue whale...

Paris' first female mayor began her term with a dramatic democratic move: opening the city budget to public...

Sometimes, powerfully innovative solutions are as simple as a bar of soap. Science has already proven that regular...

Other Media Reviews

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Business-as-usual is sure to deliver us a future that is both unsustainable and undesirable, with climate change arguably our most pressing problem. Had we begun to tackle it when first identified,...
Documentary
Syrian refugee women put on their own version of Sophocles' play, Antigone, from December 10 to 12, 2014 at Al Madina Theatre in Beirut, Lebanon. Antigone is about a young woman who buries her...
Book
Maude Barlow, the author of Blue Planet, is the chair of the board of Food and Water Watch, founder of the Blue Planet Project, a much honored and tireless human rights activist, and a recipient of...
Documentary
With a burgeoning, wealthier middle class demanding luxuries once reserved for the privileged, cooks in China have come under fire for a hallmark dish of many Chinese weddings since the Ming dynasty...
Book
This book addresses the following problem that will be of interest to readers of Solutions: in spite of ever stronger scientific evidence that the climate is warming due to human emissions of...
Blog
In Turkey, women often have fewer opportunities than men, receiving less education, lower pay and less assistance in developing businesses. An online initiative is seeking to narrow the gender gap by...
Blog
Women in MENA face significant social barriers to employment, in addition to environmental and economic barriers. While cultural expectations may pressure women to stay in the home as family...
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While modern media is filled with stories of violence, conflict, and strife around the world, we rarely hear stories of peaceful endings, reconciliation and hope for the future. The Boston-based...