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The next inconvenient truth?

A friend of mine participated in Al Gore's Climate Project last week and one of her strongest impressions was of Al Gore's zeal. It goes a long way to explaining his success at positioning the climate change debate over the past year. And there are many over inconvenient truths crying out for that sort of touch - including biodiversity.

Vaccines don't sell themselves

Why do we need advanced market commitments for vaccines?

Consider that malaria affects more than 500 million people worldwide, and yet this past summer the Financial Times reported that French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis faced half the demand it had expected for its anti-malaria compound artesunate. As a result, the company was contemplating destroying up to 10 million tablets of the drug.

Feel-good T-shirts for college students

Enthusiasm for social entrepreneurship has trickled from business schools down to the undergraduate level. BusinessWeek tells the story of T-shirt company Edun and Miami University of Ohio.

The idea: create sustainable employment in sub-Saharan Africa, get college students interested in social entrepreneurship, and keep making lots of fraternity and sorority T-shirts. Oh, and there's a Bono connection, of course.

Getting poor customers to bundle themselves

The McKinsey Quarterly's recent article, A Grassroots Approach to Emerging-Market Customers, introduced me to the Manila Water story. This public-private partnership has taken the brave, and often necessary, step in serving low-income consumers: changing their existing business model.

2007: The year of biomonitoring?

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The line between the private and the public has increasingly blurred in recent years as the language of rights has framed issues of public goods and public commons. Our understanding of basic human rights has expanded to include the right to clean water, clean air, and more.