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Mongabay

Jorge Rodríguez

11 February 2019

Concepción Chiquirichapa, Guatemala

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Concepción Chiquirichapa, Guatemala, is known for its potatoes. The produce is especially good because of a consistent supply of high quality water from its forests, as well as the use of leaf litter as organic fertil...

NPR

Maria Godoy

10 February 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Red meat consumption requires a great deal of water and land resources to produce and is even responsible for a large amount of greenhouse gases. To combat this, the Better Buying Lab is experimenting with marketing s...

NPR

Danielle Preiss

30 January 2019

Nepal

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Using a somewhat counter-intuitive process, rice farmers in Nepal are seeing higher yields practicing the system of rice intensification (SRI), a method which calls for planting fewer seedlings, planting them younger ...

KUNC

Luke Runyon

29 January 2019

Wolcott, Colorado, United States

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In the American Southwest, state water managers have been investing for decades in weather modification programs, otherwise known as "cloud seeding." Colorado River Basin states recently agreed to expand that effort, ...

La Voz de Guanacaste

Noelia Esquivel

21 January 2019

Hojancha, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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In 1976, the Costa Rican city Hojancha preserved only 2% of its land as forest, and as a result their water supply (the Río Nosara river basin) dried up from the lack of vegetation. Sixteen years into the crisis, two ...

Ensia

Lindsey Konkel

4 January 2019

Cape Town, South Africa

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With water scarcity becoming a reality for many cities, people are looking towards the premise of recycling stormwater into drinkable water collected from urban runoff. One major limitation of this is that the water o...

NPR

Elda Cantú

2 January 2019

Peru

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Not all solutions have to be new in order to work, some just have to be modernized for today's needs. This was the lesson learned when villagers in Peru decided to restore centuries-old hydraulic systems to revitalize...

Christian Science Monitor

Lauren Littell

29 October 2018

Gary, Indiana, United States

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The Grand Calumet River in Indiana was once infamous for its levels of pollution and contamination. Although it didn't happen overnight, the introduction of the Clean Water Act led to collaborative efforts to divide a...

Talk Africa

Mercy Odada

26 October 2018

Awasi, Kenya

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Investing in tanks to collect rainwater can help remote communities increase their resilience to shortages and improve the lives of residents. In Kisumu County, Kenya, villagers who struggle with water shortages have ...

The Colorado Sun

Jason Blevins

15 October 2018

Loveland, Colorado, United States

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Several dry winters in the 1970s and 1980s prompted ski resorts to have a backup plan: make their own snow. The result is a solution that helps ski resorts and does not hurt the environment: man-made snow is stored in...

NPR

Luke Runyon

11 October 2018

Montezuma, Colorado, United States

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In Colorado’s water-scarce Montezuma County, having a designated law enforcement official for water conflict is necessary. Dave Huhn is a sheriff’s deputy specializing in water law, responding to 60-100 calls each mon...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Corey Hawk

19 September 2018

Camp Verde, Arizona, United States

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Swapping out water-intensive crops for barley alleviates demand on rivers like the Salt and Verde, which supply Phoenix, Arizona. A collaboration between the Nature Conservancy, an environmental nonprofit, and farmers...

India Climate Dialogue

Hiren Kumar Bose

17 September 2018

Dharwad, Karnataka, India

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In the arid Karnataka region of India, millet is largely replacing rice as a staple crop. Not only does this drought-resistant grain require far less water and pesticide, but it's also highly nutritious. Perceptions a...

The Washington Post

Luisa Beck

14 September 2018

Berlin, Germany

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Although commonplace in many parts of the world, Berlin has recently adopted the practice of using water fountains to cut back on plastic bottle usage. Not everyone supports this environmental push, but the mayor is h...

TreeHugger

Katherine Martinko

12 September 2018

Greenwich, Greater London, United Kingdom

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Marathons can serve many purposes that have positive impacts on communities. However, they can also lead an influx of discarded water bottles along the running route. For a Greenwich half-marathon, organizers are atte...

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Tafline Laylin

11 September 2018

Uummannaq, Greenland

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When an artist was asked to create a design that would bring attention to the dire state of climate change solutions, he created "a solar-powered cube that converts humidity into waterfalls." Fifty prototypes later, a...

DCist

Rachel Kurzius

27 August 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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After not failing the State of the River report card for the first time in ten years, supporters of the Anacostia River and The Anacostia Watershed Society devised a plan to continue efforts to restore the river to us...

Quartz

Zoë Schlanger

23 August 2018

El Paso, Texas, United States

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As water shortages continue to be on the rise, so are water expenses. El Paso, Texas is more familiar with this than many other cities due to it's serious lack of rainfall and historically rapid consumption of water. ...

Quartz

Zoë Schlanger

22 August 2018

El Paso, Texas, United States

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El Paso, Texas only gets about 10 inches of rainfall per year, which doesn't help the water shortage the city is facing. Faced with no other choice but to seek solutions, the city has already implemented rainwater cat...

Texas Observer

Naveena Sadasivam

Zoë Schlanger

Daniel Wolfe

16 August 2018

El Paso, Texas, United States

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The Rio Grande River, which provides water to 6 million people and irrigates 2 million acres of farmland, is one of many transnational sources of water imperiled by climate change. Indeed, many states and countries th...

Ensia

Ron Seely

16 August 2018

Muskegon, Michigan, United States

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The Great Lakes contain 84 percent of the surface freshwater in North America—a staggering 21 percent of the surface freshwater worldwide. To manage the resource sustainably, all eight lake-bordering states, Congress,...

Yes! Magazine

Jen Marlowe

14 August 2018

Rayne, Louisiana, United States

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When construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline in Louisiana was slated to begin, local citizens formed the L’Eau Est La Vie (“Water Is Life”) camp to establish a course of action to halt the process. Although their ma...

Next City

Jared Brey

13 August 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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The San Francisco Bay area is home to a number of crucial wetlands and streams that are quickly being impacted by climate change. For nearly two decades, however, elementary teachers and their students have been playi...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Karen Dillon

10 August 2018

Topeka, Kansas, United States

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Western Kansas' finite Ogallala aquifer is the bedrock of an agricultural region that accounts for 10 percent of Kansas' economy. But thanks to decades of over-drafting for irrigation, the aquifer is on track to run d...

E&E News

Jeremy P. Jacobs

6 August 2018

Oxnard, California, United States

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In California's Ventura County, the Oxnard Plain aquifer is critically over-drafted. Farmers who rely on this water are working to implement a novel, market-based approach to decrease water use: a cap and trade. While...

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