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Thomson Reuters Foundation

Harry Jacques

11 February 2021

Solok, West Sumatra, Indonesia

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In Indonesia, there are 27 “Guardian” sensors eavesdropping on forests as a way to monitor them for cases of illegal logging. The organization Rainforest Connection uses artificial intelligence to analyze the audio fr...

Mongabay

Peter Yeung

11 February 2021

Brazil

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The National Campaign in Defense of the Cerrado coalition of Indigenous peoples and organizational partners is fighting political challenges to preserve the region’s native vegetation and biodiversity. The Cerrado is ...

Ensia

Meg Wilcox

9 February 2021

Fairfield, Maine, United States

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Stonyfield, an organic dairy company, is working with six of its suppliers to pilot how farms can measure the amount of carbon it’s trapping in soil through regenerative farming practices as a way for the company to a...

The Huffington Post

Kyla Mandel

5 February 2021

England, United Kingdom

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As governments and businesses make pledges to cut their carbon emissions, planting tress has become a popular solution to combat the effects of climate change. But tree-planting schemes take time and proper management...

The Washington Post

Gabriel Popkin

Gabriella Demczuk

22 January 2021

Rock Hall, Maryland, United States

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Maryland farmer Trey Hill became the first seller in a tech startup’s carbon marketplace, paying him $115,000 for initiating regenerative farming practices. By introducing cover crops, he has been able to sequester ab...

The Huffington Post

XiaoZhi Lim

18 January 2021

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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As the amount of farmland decreases in the United States and climate change brings hotter and drier conditions, many farmers are turning to agrivoltaics — growing crops and installing solar panels on the same land — a...

Gimlet Media

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Alex Blumberg

7 January 2021

Redwood Falls, Minnesota, United States

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More and more farmers are turning to regenerative agriculture techniques as a way to cut down on costs, increase crop yields, and sequester carbon into soil as a way to reverse the effects of climate change. One farmi...

The New York Times

Marion Renault

5 January 2021

United States

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Environmental scientists are using modern computing software to correct, orient, and analyze satellite images from the Corona spy project, launched in the 1960s and ’70s to monitor the Soviet military. The images hav...

Mongabay

Dimitri Selibas

30 December 2020

Tarapacá, Colombia

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The Colombian government has been working with regional regulatory agencies, the World Wildlife Fund, and local forest communities to encourage sustainable timber production and the implementation of forest management...

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...

Hothouse Solutions

Jenny Splitter

10 November 2020

Paxton, Illinois, United States

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On his organic farm in Illinois, Will Glazik is experimenting with different types of agricultural methods to increase his crop yield while also avoiding the harmful impacts of industrial farming. He’s part of a growi...

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Jake Bullinger

23 October 2020

Colville, Washington, United States

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A collective of timber companies, conservationists, and forestry professionals has made the adjacent national forest more resilient to wildfires by focusing on small-diameter trees while preserving old growth. In 2019...

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Harry Jacques

14 October 2020

Rawa Mekar Jaya, Riau, Indonesia

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An Indonesian government program called Masyarakat Peduli Api, or “Fire Care Community,” aims to improve community responses to wildfires and restore peatlands — valuable ecosystems that store carbon. Through communit...

Future Human

Colleen Stinchcombe

5 October 2020

Camas, Washington, United States

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A growing number of bug breeders in the United States are raising black soldier flies to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, land degradation, and food waste. The larvae can convert waste into fertilizer for crops, while...

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Noah Omuya

3 October 2020

Soroti, Uganda

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Four years later after a solar grid was installed in Uganda, residents of nearby villages are wondering when they will get some of that power. The 10-megawatt facility, which cost $19 million to build, was expected to...

Christian Science Monitor

Sara Miller Llana

24 September 2020

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

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After being known as a polluted mining town, politicians, scientists, industry officials, and residents of Sudbury, Ontario, were able to come together to restore its land. After 40 years and $33.5 million, they are a...

The Tyee

Andrew MacLeod

24 September 2020

British Columbia, Canada

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Finding common ground between environmentalists, logging companies, and indigenous communities to protect the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada took years of discussion and even a dance at an Elton John concert. But the...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Claire Caulfield

6 September 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Landowners, state employees, environmental groups, and local hunters are working together to protect Hawaii’s forests and drinking water by eradicating invasive plants from the state’s protected forests. By allowing n...

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Morgane le Cam

27 August 2020

Koubri, Burkina Faso

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After realizing that chemical fertilizer was doing more harm to the land than good in Burkina Faso, a Burkinese agronomist created a fertilizer from organic waste that has allowed the land to once again become fertile...

Mongabay

Rosamaria Loures

Sarah Sax

21 August 2020

Maranhão, Brazil

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Women “warriors” of the indigenous Guajajara people in Brazil use drones to patrol their territory of the Amazon rainforest in an effort to prevent deforestation. Because of their work, they have been able to cut defo...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

13 August 2020

Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States

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A former costume designer and a farmer in Pennsylvania are partnering together to grow flax to produce their own linen. Since the fashion and textiles industries produce a lot of waste, the duo are reviving the crop t...

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Carlton Ward Jr.

11 August 2020

Florida, United States

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Ranchers and conservationists in Florida are working together to lobby for policies that preserve their farmland, protect wildlife species, and conserve water instead of turning it over to be developed. The Sunshine S...

Mongabay

Sandra Weiss

30 July 2020

Gandú, Bahia, Brazil

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Ernst Götsch, an agronomist and cocoa farmer in Brazil, uses a different method of agriculture that could be more beneficial to small farmers. His method, known as syntropic agriculture, is an agroforestry system wher...

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Soumaïla Diarra

28 June 2020

Bamako, Mali

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As Mali’s population increases and urban centers grow, women in the West African country are coming up with different solutions to reduce their consumption of charcoal and wood and reverse the worsening effects of cli...

Ensia

Kamala Thiagarajan

11 June 2020

Bengaluru, India

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An innovative approach to combat climate change involves growing forests and resorting natural vegetation on degraded or barren land. Known as the Miyawaki technique, planting seedlings of indigenous trees close toget...

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