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How an ancient singing tradition is helping people cope with trauma today

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 13:20

A custom traditionally observed at funerals, weddings, and during times of war, lament singing is experiencing a revival in Finland – one sad song at a time

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Emergency mapping app finds vulnerable people faster

Fri, 26/05/2017 - 10:00

A mobile mapping app that draws on crowdsourced data to help humanitarian responders find people in remote areas is being rolled out by Médecins Sans Frontières

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Global renewable energy jobs near 10m mark

Thu, 25/05/2017 - 17:10

There are now more than 9.8m jobs in renewable energy in the world, and the number of posts in the sector could climb to 24m by 2030, finds a new report

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5 grassroots responses to terror attacks

Wed, 24/05/2017 - 15:34

As the tragic bombing in Manchester this week has shown, communities affected by terrorist attacks often unite in solidarity in inspiring ways. We explore 5 actions that capture resilience and togetherness at the most difficult of times

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France bans extremely thin models

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 16:45

A law in France banning the use of unhealthily thin fashion models came into effect this month. The country’s health ministry hopes it will help combat inaccessible ideals of beauty

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‘Birds are our literal canary in the coal mine’

Tue, 23/05/2017 - 13:17

Immersive night-time adventures into a ‘wild avian landscape’ are taking place this week as part of Brighton Festival. Artist Jony Easterby explains why he and his team created the woodland trail, inspired by the flight – and plight – of birds

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The kickstarter: changing young lives in London with motorbikes

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 17:25

We spend a day with Neil Monaghan, who heads up operations at the Archway Project in Thamesmead, London. It teaches disadvantaged and disabled young people how to fix motorbikes – and alters their lives in the process. He knows it works, because it transformed him, too

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‘Real energy for change can be found in communities, not manifestos’

Mon, 22/05/2017 - 17:01

Will Brett from the New Economics Foundation suggests we should look towards communities, not manifestos, when seeking energy for change. ‘Let’s move forward, not back,’ he writes

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Indigenous reconciliation: making peace with the past

Wed, 17/05/2017 - 17:38

Injustices of the past continue to affect people in indigenous communities today. Franki Cookney investigates how Standing Rock has brought efforts towards reconciliation with indigenous groups to the world’s attention

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Regardless of Trump, US businesses are speeding toward a low-carbon world

Wed, 17/05/2017 - 17:34

While Trump’s administration grapples with its position on climate change, it’s worth stepping back to see the wider picture in the US, believes Lance Pierce, North America president of CDP. In fact – he writes from New York – it is business that is really taking action on climate

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Nature connection: can technology help?

Tue, 16/05/2017 - 18:06

The team behind a new app hope to help Londoners enjoy nature in the city. Is using technology to encourage nature connection contradictory? Or can we ‘tap in’ to the natural world – and improve health and wellbeing at the same time?

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Global coalition aims to make sustainable cotton the norm

Tue, 16/05/2017 - 18:00

International brands and retailers have formed a coalition to try to make sustainably sourced cotton the ‘mainstream choice’

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Goodbye boozy Britain? Why more young people are going dry

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 16:12

New research suggests that young people in Britain are increasingly swapping pints for soft drinks. We investigate the growing movement for more mindful drinking

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Solar sisters: how green energy is empowering women in remote communities

Fri, 12/05/2017 - 16:10

Women often benefit most from internet access but millions of homes lack reliable power. We meet those leapfrogging into the digital age thanks to clean energy

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Seeing homelessness in a new light

Thu, 11/05/2017 - 18:56

A crowdfunded film based on real-life interviews with homeless people aims to create new understanding of the issue – a shift that the younger generation in particular is embracing, says the film’s director

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The school helping traumatised children thrive

Wed, 10/05/2017 - 16:05

Staff at a US high school created an environment built on empathy and redemption. Using a framework called trauma-informed care, they acknowledged childhood trauma when addressing behavioural issues – and suspensions dropped by 85 per cent in just a year

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Sex: when pleasure comes first

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 17:15

People have sex because it feels good. But, whether at school or as adults, sex education often centres on fear or even shame. What if we put pleasure first, instead?

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5 projects challenging the dehumanisation of homeless people

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 17:00

From a ‘tap and donate’ jacket to a startup that reconnects families via social media, five projects challenging the dehumanisation of homeless people

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Through my lens: a mountain of devotion

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 16:10

Photographer Christopher Roche reflects on the ‘unforgettable’ experience of walking alongside pilgrims in the Andes

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Rising above a soundbite general election

Thu, 04/05/2017 - 15:15

Whatever your political persuasion as we approach the UK general election, soundbites and sloganeering can prove empty of real meaning. Giselle Green, head of the Constructive Voices project, suggests ways we might replace slogans with substance

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