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Can Cell Phones Really Save the Planet?

Sort of. It's not the gadget that will make the difference-but what we do with it. The Center for American Progress' Bracken Hendricks explains.

Sort of. It's not the gadget that will make the difference—but what we do with it.

Last year, nearly one in four of the world’s six billion people lived in extreme poverty. A quarter of all human beings on the planet had no electricity. Nearly a third did not have reliable access to safe drinking water, and even larger numbers subsisted on wood and charcoal instead of modern fuels. Just under 800 million adults were not able to read or write last year. And, close to nine million children died before their fifth birthday.

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