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The New York Times

Emma Cott

Caroline Kim

Elie Khadra

29 July 2021

Sonoma, California, United States

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Prescribed burns are an ancient method of preventing more destructive, out-of-control wildfires. They fell into disuse for decades, worsening today's wildfire risks. California and federal forestry officials want to "...

The Washington Post

Amanda Monthei

Zoeann Murphy

Lo Bénichou

Shikha Subramaniam

Dylan Moriarty

29 July 2021

Seeley Lake, Montana, United States

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Regular burns of forests in the American West historically occurred naturally or as a forest management tactic by Indigenous people, but suppressing all fires has been the predominant policy for well over a century. A...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Oliver Gordon

20 July 2021

Mexico

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In Mexico, the Mesoamerican Reef, a 100-mile long coral reef system, the second largest in the word, is insured. The insurance policy is the result of a collaboration between the local government, hotel owners, an in...

Yes! Magazine

Marianne Dhenin

8 July 2021

Cairo, Egypt

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Organizations in Egypt and Bangladesh are greening their cities by turning rooftops into urban gardens that can grow food, reduce air pollution, and decrease air temperatures. Green Savers in Dhaka has installed more ...

BBC

Kamala Thiagarajan

15 June 2021

India

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In the South Indian coast, erosion is leading to disappearing beaches. A study found that this erosion was in part due to man-made structures like a harbor that was built in the late 80s, groynes, and seawalls. These ...

Eos

Deepa Padmanaban

15 June 2021

British Indian Ocean Territory

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In coastal cities in India, floods have led to hundreds of deaths and millions of people being displaced. To address the issue, scientists had to address a variety of factors: hydrology of the upstream region; river, ...

High Country News

Hanna Merzbach

3 June 2021

Oregon, United States

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Hotels and motels are being converted into free housing for people experiencing housing instability in Oregon. Project Turnkey is a state-funded initiative that buys potential housing units and puts local organization...

Pique Newsmagazine

Stefan Labbé

27 May 2021

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Large cities like Vacounver and Seattle are increasingly leaning towards "green infrastracture," a method of managing stormwater through natural systems like green roofs and rain gardens that absorb rainwater. Cities...

National Geographic

Brianna Randall

13 May 2021

Maywood, Nebraska, United States

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The Loess Canyons Rangeland Alliance in Nebraska is working to preserve grasslands through prescribed burns. Eighty-volunteer members have burned nearly 85,000 acres to stop the spread of cedar trees that disrupt the ...

KQED

Danielle Venton

12 May 2021

Rock Haven, California, United States

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After years of debate and education, the residents of the tiny community of Rock Haven, in the Sierra National Forest, found the will and the money to "treat" the forest around their homes: removing dead trees and bru...

BBC

Veronika Perkova

5 May 2021

Placencia, Belize

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After a hurricane hit the coast of Belize in 2001, it essentially destroyed the coral reefs in Laughing Bird Caye National Park. Lisa Carne wanted to start transplanting coral to regrow the reefs, but it took five yea...

Sierra Club

Colleen Hagerty

4 May 2021

Paradise, California, United States

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After the 2018 Camp Fire that tore through the town of Paradise, California, local residents are starting to rebuild. As of April, the town issued nearly 1,500 building permits. They’re also implementing a plan to rem...

Devex

Nithin Coca

Naomi Mihara

14 April 2021

Vanuatu

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As the small island nation of Vanuatu emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of a tropical cyclone, entrepreneur Votausi Lucyann Mackenzie-Reur argues that they need to focus on local ingredients to be a...

Global Press Journal

Lilette A. Contreras

10 April 2021

Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico

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After a drought left cattle farmers in Mexico without grass to feed its animals, a unique partnership with corn farmers allowed them to use their leftover stalks and leaves. Usually, the farmers burn these materials, ...

Mongabay

Vinaya Kurtkoti

8 April 2021

Dhule, Maharashtra, India

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The village of Lamkani, in India, was lush but became barren after years of droughts. In 2000, Dhananjay Newadkar, initiated a multi-pronged approach that was supported by the community. It included watershed developm...

Yes! Magazine

Aallyah Wright

6 April 2021

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Grassroots organizers filled the gap left by local and state governments in the wake of back-to-back winter storms in Mississippi. Community organizers like the People’s Advocacy Institute stepped in to provide basic ...

Atlas Obscura

Luke Fater

31 March 2021

Bermuda

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There is no natural freshwater source on Bermuda, so residents turn to rainfall as a way to fulfill their water needs. The white limestone Bermuda roofs are used to catch and redirect rain into underground tanks that ...

Science News

Brianna Randall

26 March 2021

Idaho, United States

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Conservationists, government agencies, scientists, and landowners are working together to restore streams using low-cost solutions from sticks, stones, and even beavers. Restoring these floodplains is important to hel...

Nigeria Health Watch

Thelma Chioma Abeku

23 March 2021

Borno State, Nigeria

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FHI360 is an initiative, supported by grassroots and international partnerships, providing healthcare to Internally Displaced Peoples in four locations. The nourishment of pregnant and lactating mothers, as well as th...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Emily Mieure

Tom Hallberg

17 March 2021

Teton County, Wyoming, United States

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First responders who face devastating emergency response outcomes in Wyoming are finding support through the Teton Interagency Peer Support group. The group anonymously connects the first responders with trauma-inform...

KUOW

Mike Baker

Bill Radke

16 March 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Despite a tumultuous start to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seattle area has one of the lowest per capita death rates of any metro area in the United States. Because of actions taken early on by government officials and ...

Next City

Phil Roberts

12 March 2021

Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

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In a science class in a local New Jersey school, students came up with a green solution to a storm water management and flooding problem in their parking lot when it rained. With help from the Cooperative Extension Wa...

Undark

Anne N. Connor

11 March 2021

Lake George, New York, United States

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An experiment in upstate New York showed how town officials could maintain clean and safe roads during the winter season and protect the environment. By using a salt brine before winter storms, they were able to plow ...

Devex

Nithin Coca

Naomi Mihara

Walter Gerard

11 March 2021

Korolevu, Vanua Levu, Fiji

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After a river in Fiji continued to flood, an entire village relocated uphill 2 kilometers away. About two-thirds of the residents participated in this voluntary relocation, which proved effective when a strong cyclone...

The New York Times

Mike Baker

11 March 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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When Covid-19 cases began to be reported in Washington state, the state government – at the suggestion of local health officials – enacted some of the most stringent restrictions in the nation. Although these actions ...

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