Nature

Why Can't We?!

Why can't we create plants that trap CO2 permanently? Why can't we just mount solar panels to our cars instead of using gasoline? Our writers break down these and three other...

Biggest Pipeline Protest Yet at White House

No one expected it to get this big. Yesterday, a whole lot of people gathered in Washington, DC, and encircled the White House to protest Keystone XL, a 1,700-mile oil pipeline that, if approved...

David Milarch

David Milarch discovered his calling as a tree evangelist during a near-death experience from renal failure 19 years ago. “When I came to, there was a ten-page outline that I don’t...

Dan Morrison

Dan Morrison understands the power of face time. While traveling through India in 2006, he met a woman who said her earthquake-ravaged community needed a well but didn’t have the $5,000...

How We Picked Them

To compile our list of top philanthropies, we polled everyone from fellow journalists to independent experts who keep track of nonprofits all over the world, and we used Facebook and Twitter to...

Do Diligence

There are 1.6 million nonprofits in the U.S., but only a small number are rated by groups like Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org)...

Why Can't We: Predict Earthquakes

Because we don’t know enough about plate tectonics. “We basically have a 50-year-old science, compared with most other sciences, which are hundreds of years old,” says Chris...

Why Can't We: Genetically Modify Plants to Eat Up CO2

Plants take in a lot of CO2 and release a lot of oxygen. And while they’re doing this good deed, they trap carbon for the life of the plant. But when, say, a huge tree falls over and dies,...

Why Can't We: Take Sunscreen in a Pill

While humans can’t pop a capsule to protect our cells from UV damage, it could happen someday if scientists can figure out a natural process that occurs with many forms of ocean coral....

Why Can't We: Divert Floodwater to Drought Regions

Sounds sweet. Instead of letting the Mississippi River overflow its banks, how about sending a few billion gallons to the parched Southwest? The first barrier is the environment. Flooding...

Technoserve

BY THE NUMBERS: Since 2010, an estimated 40,300 people employed in 30 countries with the help of Technoserve’s programsWHO'S IN...

Rainforest Alliance

BY THE NUMBERS: More than 167 million acres of forests worldwide are now rated as sustainable under Rainforest Alliance’s certification systemWHO'S IN CHARGE: Tensie Whelan, 51, a...

Pathfinder International

BY THE NUMBERS: More than 3.75 million people received HIV and AIDS services through Pathfinder-supported projects in 2010 WHO'S IN CHARGE: In February, Purnima Mane will take over as...

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