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How rising waters cost us all

As higher temperatures lead to sea level rise and more extreme rainfall, a growing number of people around the world are living with catastrophic flooding. We find that the human and financial costs of flooding are already much higher, and much longer-lasting, than many think—even if you don’t live anywhere near the sea.

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Young people choose protest over traditional politics

Adults younger than 40 are between, nine and 17 percent more likely to join in activism than those older than 40 -- a marked increase from the early 2000s, when under-40s were only three percent more likely to protest. Sometimes the street is a choice; sometimes it’s the only choice.

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Attitudes Matter In A Graying World

A key factor related to the health and even wealth of older people around the world is something remarkable simple: respect. And research shows that the way you view old age can determine how well you and your society age and even how long you live.

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Microplastics found in global bottled water

Original reporting by Orb Media reveals microplastic contamination of bottled water from leading brands around the world. What that means for your health is still a mystery.

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The plastic inside us

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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A world teetering on the financial edge

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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How do people around the world get money when they need it most?

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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Part One: From the Ground Up

Life comes from the ground up. All life, virtually every bite of food you’ve ever eaten, comes from the brown stuff, Soil. And while we don’t think about it, soil is a finite resource—a living ecosystem that’s way more complex, important and fragile than you think.

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Part Two: Where the Grass is Greener

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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Part Three: Holding 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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Part Four: The Ecology of Knowledge
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Part Five: Common Ground

It’s easy to dismiss this global destruction as an unfortunate environmental mishap, yet the ways we grow food are causing this destruction. Simply put, we need to apply new methods of growing food.

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Part One: Is there room for families in the global labor trade?

As birth rates decline, developed countries are attracting foreign workers to fill essential jobs. Governments and employers embrace adult immigrants for labor, but often treat children as an unwanted burden.

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Part Two: Inside the Global Nursing Trade
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A global exploration of violence between partners
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