Breaking Ground

How do farmers learn their craft? And how do they balance the health of their soil with the productivity of their land? These are questions we wanted to ask farmers all over the world.

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Breaking Ground

Brazil has transformed the Cerrado, a grassland south of the Amazon, into a major soy producing region, but as soy plantations blanket the region they lay waste to the Cerrado’s soils.

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Breaking Ground

Soil is a finite, fragile resource everywhere in the world, but in Montana, farmers and ranchers who don’t treat it that way risk losing the ground from under their feet.

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Orb featured on A Path Appears

New York Times' Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's new project, A Path Appears, features Molly as a guest blogger.

One World. One Story.

Just like the duck and the hare, once you see the world as a connected whole, you can’t “unsee” it!

The Plastic Question

A high tide of journalism, activism, and corporate public relations has made plastic a priority for people around the globe. One out of four respondents in an Orb Media online poll of 42,000 people in 30 countries said they are “extremely worried” about plastic. But heightened awareness has bred confusion over people’s responsibilities and options, and the role of governments and industry in reducing plastic pollution. What’s the real problem with plastic, and what are the most promising and feasible solutions?

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Invisibles

Original research by Orb Media reveals for the first time how microscopic plastic fibers have contaminated tap water from around the world. We look at plastic’s deep penetration into human life, and we examine the mystery of why plastic fibers have come to contaminate the water that millions depend on and what that might mean for human health.

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Financial Shock

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live; the question isn’t if you’ve faced a financial emergency but when — and when you did, how you managed it. We use this question as a barometer to measure the efficacy of financial inclusion and the success of poverty alleviation around the world.

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Money Emergency

The World Bank’s 2014 Global Findex survey suggests that formal financial structures give people resiliency when financial emergencies happen, but it turns out that formal financial structures don't increase a person’s ability to weather a financial shock.

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