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The waterless, solar-powered Eco-San Toilet, designed at Caltech, is pilot tested at an elementary school in Jiangsu Province, China. 

The future of sanitation: 10 years of reinventing the toilet

We already have the breakthrough technologies needed to provide safe and affordable sanitation services to the billions of people who are at risk of waste-borne diseases. Building markets and attracting businesses to this emerging sector are the next big challenges.

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Climate adaptation

The time to adapt to climate change is now

CEO Mark Suzman makes the case for immediate global action on climate change, including investments in research and innovation and stronger social safety nets.
By Mark Suzman Chief Executive Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Kenyan farmers harvesting a maize crops.

Adapting to climate change

Drought-tolerant seeds and innovative farming practices are proving essential as small family farms face changing and unpredictable growing conditions.
By Laura Birx Deputy Director, Strategy, Planning and Management, Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Ryan Rippel Grand Challenge

Using authentic voices and stories to upend views on poverty and race

The Voices for Economic Opportunity Grand Challenges has awarded 28 grants to organizations in order to help tell the stories of people facing poverty and marginalization in the U.S.
By Ryan Rippel Director, U.S. Economic Mobility and Opportunity, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Students take notes during Biology class at Howard University, February 3, 2014.

Students and families deserve more information about the value of college

We need to ensure that the return on investment is equitable for all students.
By Allan Golston President, U.S. Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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