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The New Republic

Julia Thomas

29 October 2020

Oregon, United States

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Rule changes in counties impacted by wildfires have made it easier for displaced residents to vote in the 2020 presidential election by using their temporary residence, shelter, a P.O. box, or their county election of...

Bitterroot

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...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

Bradly J. Boner

21 October 2020

Rogers Pass, British Columbia, Canada

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Terrain closures, avalanche education, and parking management are some of the topics that Canada’s ski permit system tackles. This government-regulated permit system has resulted in zero skier-triggered slides on Roge...

The Current (Louisiana)

Marie Elizabeth Oliver

21 October 2020

Louisiana, United States

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In Louisiana, where many communities face barriers to health care access, the implementation of a 211 hotline during the coronavirus pandemic has helped residents access the information they need to make informed deci...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Sierra Poore

19 October 2020

Glendale, Arizona, United States

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A counseling program introduced at Glendale Fire Department has now spread to a handful of other departments across the state after reporting that a significant percentage of firefighters were using the counseling ser...

100 Days in Appalachia

Beth Ward

19 October 2020

Kentucky, United States

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Several organizations — including the Kentucky Black Farmer Fund, Community Farm Alliance, and Black Soil: Our Better Nature — are working together to provide disaster relief funds during the COVID-19 pandemic to Blac...

Sierra Club

Colleen Hagerty

19 October 2020

California, United States

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Prescribed burns are fires set intentionally to reduce the fuel that can make wildfires so large and damaging. Despite the science favoring this approach for healthy ecosystems and fire prevention, government use of t...

IowaWatch

Lyle Muller

16 October 2020

Osceola, Iowa, United States

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Small hospitals in rural regions in America have quickly had to learn how to cope with the influx of COVID-19 cases during the pandemic. While many lessons have been learned, in Iowa, hospital personnel have seen succ...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

Bradly J. Boner

14 October 2020

Rogers Pass, British Columbia, Canada

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Snowsheds are just one tool in Canada’s arsenal to combat the impacts avalanches can have on their complex road systems. Snowsheds are aboveground tunnels where snow can travel over it and into the river, thereby redu...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

Bradly J. Boner

7 October 2020

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, United States

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A failed bridge construction project in the 1960s in Wyoming to mitigate the impacts of avalanches inspired Washington state to complete a similar project fifty years later. The project included an elevated bridge tha...

Geneva Solutions

Michelle Langrand

6 October 2020

Senegal

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There are over 250 rivers and lakes that are shared between countries, accounting for more than half of world's freshwater. This means that countries have to cooperate to share resources. In 1972, Mali, Senegal, and M...

Texas Observer

Kimberly Meyer

5 October 2020

Texas, United States

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What started as an informal support group in Texas for undocumented workers who had been injured while working, has morphed into a mutual aid organization that helps connect immigrants and those who are uninsured with...

Wall Street Journal

Richard Schiffman

30 September 2020

United States

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The absence of an active "fire culture" in the American West has contributed greatly to the scale of catastrophic wildfires fueled by decades of aggressive fire-suppression tactics. In Florida, Australia, and pockets ...

Future Human

Kate Wheeling

30 September 2020

California, United States

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Fire Forward trains Californians to conduct controlled burns, setting fires to make future wildfires less destructive. With state and federal resources skewed heavily toward suppression of wildfires, the prevention-mi...

Bloomberg

Lauren Millan Lombraña

29 September 2020

Portugal

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Led by Portugal and Spain, European nations have shifted their responses to wildfires from a heavy emphasis on suppression to a more prevention-based approach. Climate change has increased fire risk greatly. By lettin...

Financial Times

Richard Milne

23 September 2020

Finland

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Finland has been able to keep their COVID-19 infection rate and death toll much lower than other countries by "shutting down rapidly" and relying on a law on preparedness that was devised after the Winter War in 1939-...

The Narwhal

Kelly Boutsalis

20 September 2020

Canada

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A 3-year pilot is developing a traditional fire management program for First Nation communities using cultural burns, a practice banned for over a century. Cultural burns are used to reinvigorate the landscape so that...

Arizona Daily Star

Henry Brean

20 September 2020

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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In an experimental garden in Arizona, scientists are seeing how to produce sustainable and local food in a desert environment. They’re growing plants under a photovoltaic “canopy” of solar panels that provide necessar...

Stateline

Sophie Quinton

Alex Brown

18 September 2020

California, United States

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Prescribed burns are considered the best way to contain catastrophic wildfires, and fires sparked by lightning or by Native Americans once burned more land in California than has burned in 2020's record-setting fires....

Eugene Weekly

Taylor Griggs

Henry Houston

18 September 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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As smoke from local wildfires created an unhealthy outdoor environment, cities in Oregon looked to expand temporary housing options for those experiencing homelessness. While not all have been successful, the Portland...

Yes! Magazine

Ray Levy-Uyeda

17 September 2020

California, United States

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The Fire and Forestry Recruitment Program serves as an intermediary between formerly incarcerated people trained as firefighters and the agencies they seek work from once they have been released from prison. Californi...

Yes! Magazine

Marianne Dhenin

8 September 2020

Beirut, Lebanon

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Volunteer-run organizations are helping those facing food insecurity throughout Beirut by preparing and delivery food on a daily basis. Although the food system in the country remains heavily strained, the grassroots ...

Government Technology

Jed Pressgrove

4 September 2020

Linn, Wisconsin, United States

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A drone program has helped the small town of Linn find missing people, rescue people in medical distress, and find multiple drowning victims in the town's lake. Police now spend less time conducting searches and have ...

ProPublica

Elizabeth Weil

28 August 2020

California, United States

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California’s wildfires historically were contained through periodic but limited burning. But “misguided fire police” over many decades, focused on overzealous fire suppression, has accumulated more dry fuel, resulting...

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