Ecological issues like soil erosion and deforestation play a major role in keeping Haiti locked in a cycle of poverty. The Haiti Regeneration Initiative is working to help Haitians improve their environment and, with it, their lives. I LOVE seeing science in action like this!
(Via Jorge Salazar)
Maggie Koerth-Baker is the science editor at BoingBoing.net. She writes a monthly column for The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Before the Lights Go Out, a book about electricity, infrastructure, and the future of energy. You can find Maggie on Twitter and Facebook.