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Brazil is a solar energy pioneer in Latin America. The country's biggest photovoltaic facility is a unique one: it generates 600 MWh, but unlike other solar plants, it's located on top of the Estádio de Pituaçu, a football stadium in Salvador de... Read More
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El Salvador is well-known for its majestic, powerful volcanoes. The hot, steaming lava that bubbles just under the earth's surface serves the country well. Water is pumped 1,200 meters into the hot earth to power steam water turbines in geothermal... Read More
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Rural Rwandan households usually rely on dangerous and unhealthy kerosene lamps for illumination. Now one project has come up with an innovative, clean and affordable solution -- battery-powered LED lights with a pedal generator. All that's needed... Read More
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Old tires, glass bottles and plastics might be considered useless in some parts of the world, but in others, they're valuable building materials. An NGO in Guatemala inspires volunteers to build sustainable, green homes, and even pay for them! The... Read More
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Air conditioners represent a troubling paradox: they cool indoor spaces, but they heat up the climate. Most air conditioning systems operate via coolants, which often emit greenhouse gases -- but not always. Indian manufacturing company Godrej is... Read More
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Calcutta, Shanghai, London - Low-lying cities will get into trouble if sea levels continue to rise. Ice masses at the poles melting due to global warming are a major reason. But not all ice on the planet is the same. Global Ideas Climate Expert... Read More
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Global Ideas seeks to break down pressing, complex issues about climate change. We've begun a series of information films to help answer climate questions in an easy and succint way. In this episode, we answer the question "how much carbon do you... Read More