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The reuse and refill revolution
Should we reuse and refill plastic packaging to limit the amount being thrown away?
The tree detectives tackling illegal logging
Scientists are building a database to help them tell exactly where wood has come from
Could a device invented in the 1930s help end period poverty?
The people hoping to use sanitary pad micro-factories and silicone cups to help women
Working Less For The Same Pay
Some companies are cutting the hours their staff work but keeping their pay the same
Reinventing the ranch
Can the cattle ranch be updated to fight climate change?
Audience takeover: Your plastic solutions
We hear what you, our listeners, are doing to tackle the problem of plastic waste.
Can sleep deprivation help treat bipolar disorder?
An Italian doctor asks patients to stay awake all night, to try to allay their depression
Can capturing carbon buy us time to tackle climate change?
The projects that are trying to take CO2 out of the atmosphere
Portugal, drugs and decriminalisation
In 2001 Portugal decriminalised personal drug use to tackle a heroin crisis.
Life-saving surgery, but not by a doctor
Nurses and midwives in Ethiopia are being trained to perform emergency operations
Residents turn detective to fight crime
Neighbours in the US are using cameras that read car number plates to cut crime
The school that puts wellbeing first
One primary school has found a way to deliver therapy to about 10% of its students
Trieste’s mental health ‘revolution’
How Italy’s radical decision to close its mental asylums shaped the way we think today
Stopping child marriage with solar lanterns
Solar-powered lamps are giving girls independence and stopping them becoming child brides
A simple way to help a relative if they’re arrested
A group in California is teaching families how to help loved ones charged with crimes
Putting a price on carbon
How to increase the cost of causing climate change
Bangladesh’s biker girls
The motorbike taxi app where the drivers and passengers are all women.
The concrete cleaners
Making cement that locks in carbon dioxide instead of releasing it into the atmosphere
Oysters to the rescue
The humble oyster is helping to keep the oceans clean and protect shorelines
A new way to detect an invisible poison in water
Scientists hope a new test will save millions from drinking arsenic in their water
Meeting Colombia’s ‘Violentologist’
How a doctor in Colombia changed the way cities monitor and prevent violence
The snakebite squad
A team in Kenya has introduced motorbike ambulances for people bitten by snakes
Spotting the sound of a cardiac arrest
Copenhagen is experimenting with a new way of analysing emergency calls
Turning waste into energy
Instead of sending all our waste to landfill, some companies are using it to make energy
Shopping for a better life
How a grocery store is bringing health care to people who can’t usually afford it
The town rethinking the future of energy
Energy companies have come together in Finland to tackle climate change
Gaming for good
Gamers are helping scientists to analyse research and develop new drugs
The future of freight
Designing eco-friendly lorries to make cleaner, greener deliveries
How to save the banana
The banana is under threat from a deadly disease. These people are trying to save it.
How to stop fires destroying whole neighbourhoods
The innovative fire alarm designed to protect South Africa’s poorest communities
Stopping abuse with protection dogs
Women who have left abusive partners are learning how to train their own protection dogs