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The Washington Post

Eli Rosenberg

22 April 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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Guaranteed income is gaining popularity across the world. In Stockton, California, monthly cash payments boosted mental and physical health and increased full-time employment levels. The idea has spread to dozens of o...

Truthout

Frederick Clayton

17 April 2021

San Diego, California, United States

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As the U.S. Southwest continues to navigate ongoing water crises, several places — including Las Vegas; Orange County, California;, and San Diego — are turning wastewater into drinking water. Their various systems are...

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Cinnamon Janzer

14 April 2021

Syracuse, New York, United States

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The city of Syracuse is taking matters into its own hands, where it comes to snow removal. Relying on residents to remove snow from sidewalks wasn’t effective so the city is removing snow itself and levying a fee for ...

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Oscar Perry Abello

13 April 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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The 2012 federal JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) took some time to gain traction, but in recent years it has democratized the financing of worker-owned co-ops and other community-based entities that ordinar...

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Hollie Russon Gilman

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Rebecca Rosen

9 April 2021

York, United Kingdom

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The city of York trained volunteers to help identify causes and solutions to loneliness and social isolation, an issue with public health consequences. Volunteers conducted research and spoke to 1,000 fellow residents...

Sacramento Bee

Vincent Moleski

7 April 2021

Elk Grove, California, United States

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Residents experiencing homelessness in Elk Grove, California, are being paid to clean up their encampments. The job was done by public services employees prior to the pandemic and cost the city upwards of $10,000. Now...

BBC

Daniel Gordon

6 April 2021

Java, Indonesia

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As human infrastructure continues to threaten animal habitats, researchers are coming up with ways to use artificial structures as bridges for these creatures to get where they need to go. In Indonesia, irrigation pip...

Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

2 April 2021

Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States

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Chelsea, Massachusetts, is supplementing its traditional welfare system with a guaranteed income. Cash payments will be provided to recipients who can spend them without any restrictions. Similar universal basic incom...

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 ...

FreshWater Cleveland

Rich Weiss

Janine Vanderhoff

30 March 2021

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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The New Leaf project ran a controlled trial to test the power of direct cash transfers with people experiencing homelessness. Fifty people were given a one-time cash payment of $7,500, which roughly equaled the sum of...

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Mona Dougani

26 March 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Denver's Beloved Community Village is a development of 20 "tiny houses," affordable single-family homes that have helped residents obtain stable housing at rates that allow them to get ahead financially. Charlotte wou...

Telegram & Gazette

Hadley Barndollar

24 March 2021

United States

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The Child Tax Credit included in the coronavirus relief package provides a guaranteed income for families with children. The merits of guaranteed income have been established in multiple countries as well as local pro...

BBC

Richard Kenny

Hannah Gelbart

24 March 2021

Togo

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"Poverty maps" that combine satellite imagery and survey data enabled the Togolese government to target emergency pandemic charitable aid to the people in greatest need. Togo officials relied on the expertise of Unive...

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Jared Brey

23 March 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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City-supported housing projects must adhere to a stricter “Zero Net Carbon” standard in Boston in a bid to reduce carbon emissions. All new buildings that meet the green requirements also qualify for rebates and incen...

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Oscar Perry Abello

23 March 2021

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Beneficiaries of a guaranteed income program in Mississippi have received monthly cash payments that they are free to spend however they need to. Known as Magnolia Mothers, the program has allowed mothers to pay off d...

Reasons to be Cheerful

David Byrne

19 March 2021

North Carolina, United States

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Cash payments have proven to be effective in decreasing child poverty rates. Eastern Cherokee families in North Carolina receive bi-annual casino profits which have led to multiple positive outcomes that were not shar...

BBC

Hannah Gelbart

16 March 2021

Togo

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Togo distributed money to people in need, including informal sector workers, by identifying them using machine learning. Algorithms search satellite photos for clues of poverty, using measures like building density, a...

The Huffington Post

Laura Paddison

13 March 2021

Santa Clara County, California, United States

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A pilot program in Santa Clara County, California, is providing a guaranteed monthly income to young adults who age out of the foster care system. In addition to $1,000 the recipients will also have access to financia...

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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 ...

Sacramento Bee

Jeong Park

9 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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Rent relief payments in California are helping public housing residents pursue full-time employment. The Jobs-Plus initiative provides payments that are conditional on enrolling in job training and placement programs....

NPR

Emma Peaslee

9 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A guaranteed income pilot program in Stockton, California, resulted in improved mental health and even increased full-time employment rates. The extra cash gave recipients who were struggling with poverty the mental a...

The Verge

Justine Calma

8 March 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, with the help of scientists, academics, and other volunteers, preserved EPA data and information that the Trump administration sought to erase. They held “guerrilla ar...

Vox

Sigal Samuel

6 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A guaranteed income pilot program in Stockton increased full-time employment rates amongst recipients. Cash payments provided “the stability they needed to set goals, take risks, and find new jobs.” In addition to emp...

Bloomberg CityLab

Sarah Holder

5 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A guaranteed income pilot program in Stockton increased full-time employment rates among recipients. Cash payments improved mental health and gave participants the stability, bandwidth, and time to apply and interview...

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