social entrepreneurship

Conflict

Efforts to deploy drones for humanitarian purposes are hampered by public fears

Drones may be best known for their surveillance and military capabilities, but there’s a growing movement to use them for humanitarian aid. Inventor Mark Jacobsen is building drones to deliver humanitarian aid to Syrians stuck inside their war-torn country. But as he’s learning, bureaucracy — combined with public fears about the use of drones — has hamstrung efforts to get that aid anywhere near the Syrian border.

Culture

In Italy's markets, this popular yogurt made by migrants tastes great, and has a side of resilience and hope

For years, Suleman Diara picked mandarins in southern Italy for $0.05 a case. But one day, Diara, a refugee from Mali, received documents granting him asylum in his new country. So he bought a few buckets of milk that changed his life. Meet the founder of Barikama, the first African yogurt cooperative in Italy, popular with the farmer's market scene in Rome.

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Science, Tech & Environment

Google's power plan

Google hopes to help wean the United States off oil and coal by 2030. Google's Director of the Climate Change and Energy Initiatives, Dan Reicher, explains their 'do well by doing good' creed to Living on Earth's host Bruce Gellerman.

Science, Tech & Environment

Galapagos wind

Ecuador has just inaugurated its first wind farm on San Cristobal island in the Galapagos, and it's one of the world's largest wind-diesel hybrids. Spectrum Radio's Erico Guizzo visited the San Cristobal Wind Project and has our report.

Science, Tech & Environment

Cash for clunkers

Old cars pollute far more than new ones, so why not pay owners to get those old clunkers off the road and stimulate the economy at the same time? That's exactly what economics Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University is proposing.