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  • New app aims to curb human trafficking

    It's usually police that crack down on those who participate in human trafficking, but thanks to a new app called TraffickCam, residents can now be on the front lines in the fight against the problem right from the palm of their hands. "It's so encouraging that people now have a way to take action themselves to help fight sex trafficking," said Kimberly Ritter, spokeswoman for the company behind the app, Exchange Initiative.Ritter says the [...]

    2017-04-29 | wafb.com

     

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  • Japan Cinema Now: Yaeko’s Hum tackles a pressing social issue

    Like all fast-graying societies, Japan has not dodged the healthcare bullet. Current estimates put the number of dementia sufferers in the country at 4.6 million — but with 65-and-overs expected to exceed 30% of the population by 2025, that will surely surge. While the government has championed community-wide caregiving, the burden of funding and implementing much-needed initiatives has fallen on organizations at the local level. Yet even [...]

    2017-04-29 | atimes.com

     

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  • Are women prepared for HIV PrEP?

    Did you know that you can take a drug to reduce your risk of getting HIV? If you’re a gay man, you’ve probably heard of it. It’s a daily regimen called PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis. Maybe you’ve even seen ads for it on BART trains or clinic brochures, usually targeting men who sleep with other men. But PrEP doesn’t only benefit men, and some women and trans folks are wondering why a drug that could potentially save their lives hasn’t [...]

    2017-04-29 | kalw.org

     

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  • Cities are complex systems – let's start looking at them that way

    The way we design our cities needs a serious rethink. After thousands of years of progress in urban development, we plateaued some 60 years ago. Cities are not safer, healthier, more efficient, or more equitable. They are getting worse on these measures.The statistics on chronic disease, rising road tolls and congestion in our urban environments paint a bleak future. The clues to why lie in how we think about and design our cities. Cities are [...]

    2017-04-28 | phys.org

     

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  • Memo to Homeland Security: Marijuana is not a gateway drug. Science says so.

    Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly alleges that marijuana is a “dangerous gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs.” In fact, the available science concludes just the opposite. More than half of American adults have tried cannabis, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control. Statistically, the overwhelming majority of these individuals never go on to try another illicit substance, an [...]

    2017-04-28 | thehill.com

     

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  • Tackling food poverty with an eco-friendly tuk-tuk

    It’s a novel approach to tackling food poverty, using dishes made from salvaged food and delivered around the streets of Aberdeen in an eco-friendly electric tuk-tuk. Local charity Community Food Initiatives North East are trying to raise £12,000 in crowdfunding in the next few weeks to get the idea off the ground. They’re already a third of the way to their target. Tuk In will use ‘in-date’ food that would have otherwise been sent to landfill [...]

    2017-04-28 | positivelyscottish.scot

     

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  • Drugs Over Alcohol for First Time in Fatal U.S. Crashes: Study

    U.S. data has shown for the first time that drivers killed in crashes were more likely to be on drugs than drunk, with marijuana involved in more than a third of fatal accidents in 2015, a study released on Wednesday showed.Forty-three percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes around the country in 2015 had used a legal or illegal drug, topping the 37 percent who showed alcohol levels above a legal limit, according to the report by the [...]

    2017-04-28 | news18.com

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  • Columbia Professor: The War on Drugs Is a War on Race

    For centuries Europeans drank—and for some today, drink—a lot of ale. Numerous accounts of polluted water in the 13th to 18th centuries abound, which apparently forced the citizens of London and Germany to drink plenty of alcohol—one entry from St. Paul’s Cathedral allowed for one bola (gallon) per person every day. Others claim that such an amount was unsustainable on the environment, if not the liver. Whether or not the English and Germans [...]

    2017-04-27 | bigthink.com

     

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  • Are cities on track to achieve the SDGs by 2030?

    We are now almost halfway through the first 1,000 days of implementation of the landmark Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global framework that seeks to eradicate poverty, combat climate change, and promote peaceful and inclusive societies — all by 2030. In countries around the world, we’ve started to see burgeoning progress on implementation at the national and, to a lesser extent, local levels. But it has become increasingly clear [...]

    2017-04-27 | citiscope.org

     

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  • Municipalities want to replicate Peterborough city, county Respect the Collect campaign

    An innovative program aimed at reducing injuries among garbage collectors, in Peterborough city and county, has been so successful that other cities across North America are looking to do it, too.The program called Respect the Collect used pamphlets and newspaper ads to remind citizens not to toss loose shards of glass or used syringes in the garbage, for example. It also reminded motorists to slow down when they approach and pass a garbage [..]

    2017-04-27 | thepeterboroughexaminer.com

     

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  • Hong Kong food waste: how it’s being reduced by restaurants, charities and perishable-food portal

    Newly launched Food Savior sells unused portions of fresh food such as gourmet cheeses, while restaurants in Hong Kong and Macau order less food, recycle waste or compost it themselves to lower amount sent to landfills.Liz Thomas’ friends and family were horrified when she asked restaurant staff to pack up leftovers to take home. She made them even more uncomfortable when she started bringing her own containers, but she didn’t care. “It made me [...]

    2017-04-27 | scmp.com

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  • HARM REDUCTION FOR HIV PREVENTION

    Harm reduction refers to strategies that aim to reduce the harms associated with injecting drug use. The earliest forms of harm reduction promoted abstinence from drug use and put reducing its occurrence at the centre of substance use policy and interventions.The concept of harm reduction was re-invented in the early 1980s at the beginning of the HIV epidemic when healthcare workers started to provide clean syringes to people who inject drugs [...]

    2017-04-26 | avert.org

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