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Civil Eats

Gosia Wozniacka

30 March 2021

California, United States

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A trial experiment with three farmers and several California universities is looking to better understand how to farm with little or no chemicals. No-till farming can boost soil health and better store carbon, but it’...

Nigeria Health Watch

Christabel Ligami

29 March 2021

Kenya

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To help mothers who aren't able to supply their newborn with an adequate supply of breast milk, a hospital in Kenya has developed a milk bank. At the breast milk bank, new mothers can donate a portion of their supply ...

Yes! Magazine

Lornet Turnbull

29 March 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, community efforts during the coronavirus pandemic have resulted in the creation of a system that battles food insecurity. Spearheaded by the community center, a local non-pro...

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...

Mongabay

James Fair

24 March 2021

Cyprus

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Thanks to efforts by the Society for the Protection of Turtles and a band of international volunteers, green and loggerhead turtle numbers in North Cyprus are rebounding. Last year, there were more than 2,400 nests co...

Crosscut

Manola Secaira

22 March 2021

Washington, United States

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Washington state’s Native communities have led the way in distributing the Covid vaccine to their communities' most vulnerable and are now helping to vaccinate those who are outside of their tribes. Their success is d...

The Guardian

Steve Rose

20 March 2021

s’-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

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A Dutch group of engineers known as the Weather Makers has an ambitious plan to regreen the Sinai Peninsula — the stretch of desert connecting Egypt to the rest of Asia. Their efforts would restore forests, wetlands, ...

Next City

Emily Nonko

16 March 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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People experiencing homelessness can now access hot showers and bathrooms at the Hygiene Hub. Staff at the Portland initiative include both unhoused paid workers and housed volunteers, all with extensive staff trainin...

The Charlotte Observer

Virginia Bridges

12 March 2021

North Carolina, United States

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Three incarcerated people and a coalition of social justice groups sued North Carolina over its prison COVID-19 policies, winning a settlement that is accelerating releases from prison that began at the start of the p...

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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...

Santa Fe Reporter

Leah Cantor

10 March 2021

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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A variety of approaches are helping ease housing instability in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Built for Zero program helps different entities coordinate homeless services through a comprehensive database that strives to c...

The Philippine Star

Gaea Katreena Cabico

9 March 2021

Baras, Rizal, Philippines

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The government of the Philippines is working with the Masungi Georeserve Foundation to restore wildlife and forests in a 2,700 hectares area of degraded land. They use a technique that focuses on the nurturing of nati...

Freethink

Teresa Carey

7 March 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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As a way to combat climate change, scientists are experimenting with genetically modified trees as a way to draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to store in its leaves, roots, and trunk. The startup Living Carbon...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Nicole Gluckstern

5 March 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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To save dozens of restaurants in San Francisco during the coronavirus lockdowns, a restaurant owner launched an organization that "provides monthly contracts to its restaurant partners to cook meals for underserved po...

Bloomberg CityLab

Kriston Capps

4 March 2021

Sante Fe, New Mexico, United States

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The adoption of the “Built for Zero” campaign in Sante Fe, New Mexico, allowed the city to effectively respond to the housing crisis that unfolded as a result of the pandemic. The data-driven approach gives cities a b...

Malheur Enterprise

Pat Caldwell

3 March 2021

Duluth, Minnesota, United States

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The Duluth Model is one of multiple successful responses to domestic violence that focus on prevention through counseling and education, rather than relying only on punishment after a crime has been committed. The oft...

The New York Times

Patrick Sisson

3 March 2021

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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An apartment complex in Utah includes a solar battery in every apartment allowing the resident, power utility, and building developer to save costs for generating electricity. Through a unique partnership, the power s...

The Boston Globe

Felice J. Freyer

2 March 2021

Massachusetts, United States

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A community effort is underway in Massachusetts to help people secure Covid-19 vaccination appointments, despite a confusing government roll-out system. The Massachusetts COVID Vaccination Help volunteer group is comp...

Mother Jones

Becca Andrews

March-April 2021 Issue

Georgia, United States

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The domestic worker advocacy group, Care in Action, fell short in their goal to elect Stacey Abrams in 2018, which motivated them to mobilize an effective GOTV campaign in 2020. Over 250 of their members canvassed loc...

FastCompany

Jessica Kantor

1 March 2021

United States

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The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted much of the healthcare system, but the U.S.'s transplant system was largely able to rebound due to collaborative efforts and a pivot to telehealth for post-operative appointments. Addit...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

25 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A residential recycling program in Philadelphia is picking up electronics and clothing from homes for a fee. Retrievr has already prevented 100,000 pounds of waste from ending up in landfills. The program was implemen...

The Counter

Virginia Gewin

25 February 2021

Ghana

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A growing number of governments, companies, and nonprofit organizations are working together with new technology and data to identify fishing vessels that are breaking laws and engaging in human rights violations. Usi...

Mongabay

Patricia Moll

24 February 2021

Ibirapitanga, Bahia, Brazil

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After there was a fungal disease outbreak in the 1990s that affected cacao crops in Brazil, a group of 150 community members got together to collectively manage a farm to grow back cacao trees using agroforestry techn...

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Carla Rhodes

23 February 2021

Assam, India

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Purnima Devi Barman has been building trust and working with various community members to save a stork species called the greater adjutant in India. Because of her work, she has inspired more than 10,000 women and the...

Life & Thyme

Zainab Onuh-Yahaya

23 February 2021

Nigeria

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During Nigerians' protests against the brutality of the Nigerian Police Force's Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a single tweet for donations to feed protesters grew into a movement that sustained the protests both physica...

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