This 'Wonderbag' Could Keep Women Safer and Limit Millions of Tons of Carbon

The Wonderbag helps create jobs, save natural resources and protects women.

This week, thousands of political leaders, businessmen and women, and celebrities descended upon Davos, Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum. Also attending was a South African woman named Sarah Collins, but for a very different purpose than the others: to bring her invention the Wonderbag to the world stage in order to help save natural resources, create jobs, and protect women.

Her invention—which looks a little bit like a bundled up satchel one would throw over their shoulder—is a heat retention cooking bag which allows food to continue cooking once it's removed from heat. The device is insulated and keeps dishes like stews, soups, curries and rice, cooking until they're done.

By taking these meals off the fire early, less fuel and water—which can be sparse in developing regions—are used. 50 percent of the world's population still uses fire burning stoves, so that means a lot of time and money saved. This also means women will be safer. According to

Wood-fire cooking is risky, for many reasons—aside from the obvious danger of burns and smoke inhalation. The majority of those who collect cooking firewood are women, who often walk miles for this chore and run the risk of being raped on their way. At the Dadaal Refugee Camp in Kenya, for instance, 68 percent of reported rapes occurred when women were gathering firewood.


So far, 500,000 Wonderbags have been distributed in South Africa, with Collins' goal to bring them to millions. "With the help of our partners, we’re on a mission to see 100 million Wonderbags in homes around the world, saving more than 100 million tonnes of carbon over the life of those bags. That’s equivalent to over 200 million people avoiding long-haul flights," the entrepreneur says.

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Sin City is doing something good for its less fortunate citizens as well as those who've broken the law this month. The city of Las Vegas, Nevada will drop any parking ticket fines for those who make a donation to a local food bank.

A parking ticket can cost up to $100 in Las Vegas but the whole thing can be forgiven by bringing in non-perishable food items of equal or greater value to the Parking Services Offices at 500 S. Main Street through December 16.

The program is designed to help the less fortunate during the holidays.

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For more than 20 years. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has served the citizens of Maine in the U.S. Senate. For most of that time, she has enjoyed a hard-fought reputation as a moderate Republican who methodically builds bridges and consensus in an era of political polarization. To millions of political observers, she exemplified the best of post-partisan leadership, finding a "third way" through the static of ideological tribalism.

However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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Fellow member of "the Squad," Ilhan Omar, endorsed him on Wednesday.

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The U.K. is trying to reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, but aviation may become the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.K. by that same year. A new study commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and conducted at the Imperial College London says that in order for the U.K. to reach its target, aviation can only see a 25% increase, and they've got a very specific recommendation on how to fix it: Curb frequent flyer programs.

Currently, air travel accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, however that number is projected to increase for several reasons. There's a growing demand for air travel, yet it's harder to decarbonize aviation. Electric cars are becoming more common. Electric planes, not so much. If things keep on going the way they are, flights in the U.K. should increase by 50%.

Nearly every airline in the world has a frequent flyer program. The programs offer perks, including free flights, if customers get a certain amount of points. According to the study, 70% of all flights from the U.K. are taken by 15% of the population, with many people taking additional (and arguably unnecessary) flights to "maintain their privileged traveler status."

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