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International Year of Light puts spotlight on optics, photonics, and sustainable development

By Jessica McMathis / February 3, 2015

The United Nations declared 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies—a global initiative to spread awareness of the ways optical technologies promote sustainability and address growing global challenges concerning energy, health, and more.

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Flowerpot like ceramic filters purify water for drinking, cooking

By Eileen De Guire / February 12, 2013

James Smith discusses PureMadi and MadiDrops—porous clay water purification systems—how they work and the hopes behind it. Credit: UVA, YouTube. Access to potable water is a priority of the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and they address the issue through the Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation. In the Programme’s 2012 progress report…

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CNT ‘nanobrushes’ coated with nanocatalysts show promise for cleaning polluted water

By Eileen De Guire / March 13, 2012

A Pakastani mother gives her child clean water in Charsarda District, an area severely affected by monsoon floods. The UN World Water Assessment Programme released its triennial report on global water issues. Credit: UNICEF/ZAK; UN. The theme of this year’s United Nations World Water Day (March 22) is “Water and Food Security.” Every three years…

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Global Green New Deal

By RussJordan / June 18, 2009

The United Nations Environment Programme has published a policy brief titled, “Global Green New Deal.” UNEP argues that the multiple crises that we currently face can be compared with those faced by FDR when he launched his “New Deal” in the face of the Great Depression. FDR’s New Deal included a series of wide-ranging programs to provide employment and…

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