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The New York Times Magazine

Moises Velasquez-Manoff

18 April 2018

Marin, California, United States

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One tactic for combatting climate change has to do with soil health. Soil can withdraw and store carbon from the atmosphere—at a higher rate when covered by manure—and also supports long-term soil sustainability and s...

Pacific Standard

Jimmy Tobias

22 December 2017

Isla Montecristo, El Salvador

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In a setting constantly threatened by natural disaster, El Salvador communities are showing that small grassroots movements can have a big impact on the health of the environment. On this particular occasion, as part ...

News Deeply

Wesley Lang’at

27 November 2017

Kipcherere, Baringo County, Kenya

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Environmental degradation and drought have led to conflict, poverty, and severe food insecurity in Kenya’s Baringo county. Hand In Hand International is helping communities rebound by offering training to women in ent...

New Internationalist

Ingrid Gercama

Nathalie Bertrams

26 October 2017

Pitala, Nkhata Bay District, Malawi

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'Unclean' cooking - rudimentary, open-fire cooking practiced by millions of people around the world - is one of the leading causes of respiratory disease and death, especially for women, in developing countries; it is...

Mother Jones

Vince Beiser

1 October 2017

Duolun, Mongolia

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Overfarming, over-grazing, climate change and population growth are all to blame for turning Duolun County in China's Inner Mongolia region into a bigger desert than it was to begin with. With 87 percent of the area t...

High Country News

Sarah Gilman

26 June 2017

Colorado, United States

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Colorado is home to 54 fourteeners – mountains that rise to 14,000 feet high or higher and serve as popular routes for many avid hikers despite not having designed trails. To keep hikers safe while also preserving pla...

Ensia

Kristin Ohlson

5 December 2016

Kansas, United States

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Regenerative farming practices such as cover crops can be environmentally friendly and financially profitable. But federal crop insurance rules and certain characteristics of the agriculture industry have prevented fa...

The Nature of Cities

Patrick M. Lydon

21 August 2016

Hongcheon, South Korea

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The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization provides some pretty grim predictions for the future of global food stability if modern, monoculture farming practices continue to degrade land, spread pesticides, and destro...

The Guardian

Cathy Watson

3 August 2016

Mekelle, Ethiopia

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Environmental refugees in Ethiopia flee their country because there are no jobs without healthy land. A group of former refugees have returned to Ethiopia with a business venture in Gergera to improve the land by regr...

Mongabay

Erik Hoffner

28 July 2016

Nairobi, Kenya

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Deforestation, overgrazing, and increased carbon emissions are familiar challenges as climate change continues to threaten our food systems. Author Eric Toensmeier discusses how "carbon farming" - or practices such a...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

4 July 2016

Kenya

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It's not just poaching that is changing the landscape of the elephant kingdom, it's human's actions in general. In an attempt to understand the geographical needs of elephants, scientists are arming the species with r...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

8 June 2016

Kenya

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In the face of crippling unemployment, environmental degradation, and species extinction, communities in Southern Kenya joined with various stakeholders to establish REDD+ project. This project sells carbon credits on...

Undark

Benjamin Goldfarb

15 April 2016

Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, United States

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The overpopulation of white-tailed deer is a conservation realization and an environmental disaster for the communities that harbor them. Hastings-on-Hudson, a progressive community, has opted for a humane birth contr...

Civil Eats

Vera Liang Chang

16 March 2016

Veracruz, Mexico

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Carbon farming is a method that focuses on sequestering atmospheric carbon on agricultural land. While farms around the world already do it, it's not anywhere near the scale necessary to avert climate catastrophe. But...

Ensia

Eric Toensmeier

9 March 2016

Las Cañadas, Veracruz, Mexico

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A small agricultural co-op in the mountains of Veracruz, Mexico, has effectively implemented its own approach to climate change. The community adapts the main sector of its economy and livelihood-- farming-- to sustai...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

10 December 2015

Singapore, Singapore

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Palm oil production is driving deforestation at alarming rates across the globe. Anti-palm-oil activists have shifted their focus to advocating for responsible and environmentally sustainable sourcing of this commodit...

High Country News

Benjamin Goldfarb

9 November 2015

Okanogan, Washington, United States

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In different regions of the United States, beavers are considered a predatory pest and have been subjected to lethal trapping by Wildlife Services. However, Methow Valley in Washington has initiated a project that sa...

Yes! Magazine

Leah Penniman

10 August 2015

Oaxaca, Mexico

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With a global food crisis, farmers look for how to get long-term high yields out of difficult farmland. In Oaxaca, Mexico, farmers farm like a forest, eat low on the food chain, restore damaged land, and have reverenc...

The New York Times

John Schwartz

7 August 2015

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, Louisiana and federal officials launched an audacious $50 billion master plan to rebuild the receding coast in an effort to mitigate the effects future storms. These are...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Robert Boos

19 July 2015

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The state of Louisiana is disappearing at an incredible rate, and its sinking deltas threaten some of the nation's crucial oil, gas, and fisheries industries. Industry and government have created an unprecedented plan...

Ensia

Didem Tali

26 May 2015

Malawi

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The people of Malawi count on wood for cooking, cleaning, and sanitation, which contributes to the country’s ranking as fifth highest in the world for deforestation. Once thought unsolvable, the people of the country ...

The Mail & Guardian Online

Nathalie Bertrams

27 February 2015

Munhinga, Manica Province, Mozambique

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Artisan gold mining - most of it illegal - is one of the greatest environmental and health concerns in Mozambique, but it provides a critical source of labor and economic support, especially for small communities. To ...

Voice of America (VOA)

Amy Yee

6 February 2015

Khulna, Bangladesh

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Vertical container farming offers an innovative adaptation to climate change and soil salinity. In Bangladesh, the nonprofit, WorldFish Center, promotes the practice of vertical farming, providing education and resour...

Future Food

Lisa Palmer

18 November 2014

Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

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In Colombia, traditional cattle pastures have caused soil degradation, deforestation, and desertification. To reconcile this, several thousand acres of land in Latin America have been transformed into a silvo-pastoral...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

12 July 2012

Madarounfa, Maradi, Niger

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Officials in Niger are addressing chronic severe droughts causing food shortages and leading to a widespread threat of starvation. They provide aid to malnourished children and resources for a crop planting technique ...

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