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Alibaba mobilizes public participation to monitor water pollution in China


Alibaba is selling a water testing kits for RMB 65 (USD 10) to test for pH, Phosphate, Ammonia, COD, and 5 heavy metals (copper, zinc, manganese, nickel, cadmium).

Volunteers are asked to measure pollutants in freshwater sources and upload the data to a digital map via smartphones.

This expands the idea of crowd-sourcing effort in monitoring and it has been growing quickly in the Western countries for public participation.  It will be an interesting case to see how it works in China.

A landfill-looking river in Indonesia… Photo from Daily Mail on the state of river pollution in Indonesia.


H&M has been publishing CSR reports for 12 years and it is the first time H&M presents their report live!

China pursues the holy grail of ocean energy, in a massive way

The proposal comes again to chop off trees listed under UNESCO, so as to provide jobs to 4000 people…?

Wild Animals Made from Ocean Trash

Corsican artist Gilles Cenazandotti is a surf from combing the beaches looking for plastic waste washed ashore. It uses different recovered waste and create sculptures of animals. The artist doing a message on consumerism and its effects on the…

Making art with ocean trash

Why We Should Reinvent Our Drinking Fountains

People would rather pay two bucks for a sealed, clean drink than stoop over a dirty-looking public trough. Better design could help.

The city of Lon­don got its first pub­lic drink­ing foun­tain in 1859, built by the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Free Drink­…

Will better design water fountain change people’s preference for bottled water (thus reducing plastic waste?)?

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