While Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands clean up after Hurricane Irma, many residents of these US territories say the challenge of storm relief is not just the devastation, but neglect from their fellow Americans in the continental US.
TOMS Shoes was one of the first to pioneer the "guilt-free" consumption model. When you buy a pair of TOMS shoes, the California-based company will give a pair to a child in need. Aid watchers criticized this "band-aid" effort to fight poverty. Now TOMS is changing its style a bit.
Scientists are warning West African villagers to stop hunting bush meat and to stay away from fruit bats as they circle in a possible animal source for the latest Ebola outbreak. The Ebola virus lives in fruit bats, scientists believe, and is threatening communities who are already facing the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.
The Soccket is a soccer ball with a twist — a generator inside that turns kicks into power that can run a small lamp. Its American inventors and celebrity backers say it provides hours of light so poor children in homes without electricity can study at night. But this bright idea has run into some technical problems.