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The Root

Nigel Roberts

19 December 2020

West Oakland, California, United States

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Black-led coops are providing crucial access to grocery stores in food deserts like West Oakland, California. The Mandela Grocery Cooperative has used the worker co-op business model to create a connection with the co...

The Narwhal

Sarah Cox

19 December 2020

Miami, Florida, United States

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In Florida, a land-based salmon farming operation has optimized the ideal conditions for fish to be raised sustainably on land. “There is no winter here, there are no diseases, there are no sea lice. We optimize every...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Klaus Sieg

18 December 2020

Normandy, France

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An unusually robust crop yield is stunning scientists at a small family farm where traditional farming techniques have replaced machinery, pesticides, and fertilizers. The French farmers implemented tips and tricks fr...

Wired

Tom Simonite

17 December 2020

Togo

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To quickly distribute money to poverty-stricken areas in Togo during the coronavirus pandemic, the country's government turned to mobile cash payments. Working with a nonprofit and UC Berkeley’s Center for Effective G...

Planet Forward

Frank Sesno

Dan Reed

Eugenia Harvey

15 December 2020

United States

Broadcast TV Talk Show

5-15 Minutes

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After witnessing milk going to waste on his uncle dairy’s farm in China, Robert Lou came up with the idea to turn the leftover milk into clothing. It takes five glasses of milk to produce one t-shirt and he’s sold ove...

BBC

Meenakshi J

15 December 2020

Tamil Nadu, India

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Local villages along the coast of India are seen as a model for large-scale seaweed cultivation, which can be a form of sustainable agriculture and climate mitigation. As the country’s land is being lost to soil degra...

The Land

Mark Oprea

15 December 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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In Cleveland, Ohio, several small businesses have joined a co-op of companies using an employee-owned model to help with the financial constraints brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Although the process of joinin...

KXAN-TV

Laney Valian

15 December 2020

San Antonio, Texas, United States

Broadcast TV News

3-5 Minutes

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High school students at Somerset High School in San Antonio, Texas get tested every week for COVID-19. The method is called “assurance testing,” and is a way to target “silent spreaders,” people who have COVID who don...

The Local

Michal van der Toorn

11 December 2020

Arnhem, Netherlands

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Rather than import masks from elsewhere, an organization in the Netherlands set up a face-mask factory, and then hired "people with a refugee background to make surgical face masks." According to the project spokesper...

Terrain.org

Amy Yee

10 December 2020

Watamu, Kenya

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Local Ocean Conservation is in Watamu, Kenya has made approximately 21,000 turtle rescues and "treated more than 650 turtles in its rehabilitation center and clinic" since it's inception in 1997. The group responds to...

Gimlet Media

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Alex Blumberg

10 December 2020

New York, New York, United States

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BlocPower retrofits buildings with energy-efficient equipment in financially underserved communities by offering loans to building owners for no money down. The company has completed about 1,000 projects by bundling t...

The Washington Post

Jessica Wolfrom

10 December 2020

Alexandria, Virginia, United States

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Mason & Greens is a zero-waste store that reduces environmental impact by selling package-free items, from shampoo bars to organic produce. Dry goods and the wines, oils, and kombucha on tap are bought with reusable c...

The Community Voice

Jazzlyn Johnson

8 December 2020

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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In its first year, Operation Liberation helped more than 30 people post bail to be released from the Jackson County Detention Center. The operation focuses on bailing Black people out of jail when their lack of money ...

Colorado Public Radio

Michael Elizabeth Sakas

7 December 2020

Steamboat Springs, Colorado, United States

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Thanks to a microloan from a local nonprofit and a willingness to try a new approach, a ranching operation in Colorado has begun introducing regenerative agriculture practices in the form of carbon capture. Using "por...

Middlebury Magazine

Jessie Raymond

3 December 2020

Vermont, United States

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When the coronavirus pandemic forced a restaurant in Vermont to close its doors and lay off hundreds of employees, the owner worked with investors to shift his business model so that he could provide meals for those n...

Reset

Katia Mullova

3 December 2020

Germany

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To mitigate the problem of unfair supply chains, Tip Me allows consumers to send money directly to the workers creating the merchandise in factories halfway across the world. Brands pay a fee to sign up for the system...

The Huffington Post

Laura Paddison

1 December 2020

Kenya

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The results of a universal basic income (UBI) program in Kenya show the positive ripple effect of giving everyone money on a consistent basis over the course of several years. Recipients have been able to lift themsel...

The Washington Post

William Neff

Tatiana Schlossberg

27 November 2020

Prince Edward Island, Canada

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A farmer on Prince Edward Island fed his cows seaweed and noticed that they produced more milk and had better pregnancy success. A study of his cows found that they also reduced methane emissions by about 18 percent, ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hannah Wallace

26 November 2020

Quapaw, Oklahoma, United States

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The Quapaw tribe runs the Downstream Casino Resort in Oklahoma where they combine Indigenous food and farming knowledge with modern hotel operations. They have seven greenhouses and two gardens with 20 varieties of ve...

South Dakota News Watch

Mark Andersen

24 November 2020

South Dakota, United States

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A band of farmers in South Dakota are reviving “heritage turkeys,” an ancient breed of turkeys that went nearly extinct in the 1990s. There can be a learning curve and upfront costs when working with heritage turkeys,...

Bloomberg CityLab

Chris Malloy

23 November 2020

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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As Tucson works to combat the effects of climate change, the Arizona city has been implementing policies to conserve its limited water supply through initiatives like a city rebate program. By focusing efforts on wate...

The New York Times

Ezra Marcus

23 November 2020

United States

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Students across the country are dealing with food and housing insecurity, and financial loss, conditions that have been exacerbated because since the pandemic. In response, students in some colleges and universities c...

Slate

William Ralston

Niko Seizov

20 November 2020

China

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A music-streaming service in China has successfully created a revenue stream for artists who can monetize direct exchanges with their loyal fanbase. Platforms like Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify are responsible f...

Al Jazeera

Laura López González

17 November 2020

Switzerland

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As the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine continues, many officials are preemptively discussing how the vaccine will be disseminated, especially as richer countries have already "staked their claim to the first doses....

BBC

Jo Mathys

17 November 2020

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

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Frustrated by a tight labor market, two locally owned Grand Rapids employers discovered the virtues – economic, not just moral – of hiring formerly incarcerated people, whose gratitude for an opportunity translated in...

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