The world’s urban population has ballooned to 3.9 billion, or 54 percent of the total population, in 2014, the United Nations reported today. By 2050, this proportion is expected to increase to 66 percent.
The British medical journal The Lancet studied 14 developing nations and found that nearly half of men and 11 percent of women in those countries use tobacco, mostly smoke products. Jeffrey Brown talks to State University of New York at Buffalo’s Gary Giovino about why some cultures don’t specifically encourage quitting. Continue reading
Spencer Michels reports on how the 8,000 members of the non-profit group Engineers Without Borders are using their technical skills to bring clean water, sanitation and other engineering projects to communities in developing countries. Continue reading
The goal of the One Laptop per Child organization is to provide specially designed, low-cost laptops to children in the developing world. Organization founder Nicholas Negroponte details the campaign and the “Give One Get One” effort in the United States and Canada. Continue reading
Retired businessman Frank Brady’s charity Medical Missions for Children brings together American specialists with doctors in developing countries via teleconferencing to better treat children with rare illnesses. The NewsHour reports on the organization’s work. Continue reading