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Julie Ball

9 March 2021

Somalia

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A greenhouse that is cooled by seawater and the wind is allowing farmers in Somaliland to grow crops like tomatoes and vegetables despite extreme heat. By creating an environment that is higher in humidity and cooler ...

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...

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Anuradha Nagaraj

8 March 2021

Saligao, Goa, India

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Through a government funding program, several communities are working on initiatives to improve their access to clean drinking water. In India, one community formed a citizen’s group, cleaned up a local pond, and rest...

The Daily Yonder

Kristi Eaton

8 March 2021

Cherokee Nation, United States

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Tribal members are being paid to learn the Cherokee language through the Master Apprentice Program. The $16 million effort to maintain a tie to the culture through language is being funded from the tribe’s casino reve...

Wall Street Journal

Jon Emont

6 March 2021

Singapore

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Cultured meat is the newest menu option for vegetarians. A restaurant in Singapore is selling cultured chicken nuggets made out of chicken cells that were steeped in a nutrient solution. However, one ingredient in tha...

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...

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...

The New York Times

Karan Deep Singh

5 March 2021

Ballabgarh, India

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A family-run syringe making company in India is leading the manufacturing of Covid vaccine-specific barrels and needles, a task that no other country has been able to manage at the same speed. Because Hindustan Syring...

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...

The Atlantic

Annie Lowrey

3 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A pilot project provided residents who made less than the median income in Stockton, California, with monthly cash payments. The extra money helped recipients secure employment, avoid housing instability, handle unexp...

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Arielle Davis

2 March 2021

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Restore Hope Ministries worked to prevent homelessness and evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic by using private donations, foundation grants, and CARES Act funds to provide rental assistance to 1,422 households. Ea...

Life & Thyme

Claire Turrell

26 February 2021

Singapore

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Singapore recently became the first country in the world to allow cultured meat to be sold to the public, a move that scientists and environmentalists say is the future of meat production. U.S.-based company Eat Just ...

Grist

Shannon Osaka

26 February 2021

United States

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A tax credit was supposed to incentive Americans to buy electric vehicles, but testimony from car buyers and research has shown that only people who can afford the full purchase are getting access to the benefit. The ...

Grist

Alexandria Herr

26 February 2021

Texas, United States

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Texas mutual aid groups raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help people with food, housing, and other supplies after natural disasters, which are increasing due to climate change. Organizers go door-to-door and...

Yes! Magazine

Lynn Freehill-Maye

25 February 2021

Kirkland, Washington, United States

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A community effort to help provide food to those who are food insecure during the pandemic has brought together local bakers to bake bread for food banks. The initiative, known as Community Loaves, has amassed 700 vol...

The Washington Post

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Jane Hahn

25 February 2021

San Diego, California, United States

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Aptera Motors, a California-based startup, is poised to roll out the first mass-produced solar vehicle this year: for $25,900. The car is a three-wheel, aerodynamic electric vehicle covered in solar cells that can pro...

The Verge

Cory Zapatka

Mariya Abdulkaf

25 February 2021

Dover Plains, New York, United States

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Symbrosia, a clean-tech startup in Hawaii, is taking seaweed from the ocean and turning it into a powder that can be used to feed livestock to reduce the amount of methane they produce — a key contribution to greenhou...

FastCompany

Kristin Toussaint

25 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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A nonprofit in New York is helping communities provide economically disadvantaged children with a financial pathway to college. Kids in school district 30 are given $1000 each in a college-saving fund with initial mon...

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...

Next City

Chad Small

23 February 2021

Bennington, Vermont, United States

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To make their restaurant more energy efficient and to cut its carbon footprint, The Publyk House utilized the services of Efficiency Vermont, a publicly funded energy efficiency utility. As part of their Deep Energy R...

The Counter

Lela Nargi

23 February 2021

New Jersey, United States

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The Supporting Oyster Aquaculture and Restoration initiative (SOAR), coordinated by the Pew Charitable Trusts, The Nature Conservancy, and various state agencies, NGOs, and universities, spent millions buying oysters ...

The 19th

Chabeli Carrazana

22 February 2021

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Guaranteed income pilot programs have created a crucial safety net, especially for women of color who have experienced poverty disproportionately after the onset of the pandemic. The once-fringe idea has gained popula...

Climate Tracker

Vaishnavi Rathore

19 February 2021

India

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Fly ash bricks help reduce construction waste by utilizing the powdery by-product of burning coal. They are a green replacement for red clay bricks, which contribute to 5-15% of India’s emissions. They also utilize wa...

USA Today

Andrew Yawn

19 February 2021

New Roads, Louisiana, United States

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Pecan Acres in Louisiana is known as Flood City since many residents can’t remember a time when their homes weren’t impacted by rising waters. To help these people, the state has started a relocation project to move t...

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