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The New York Times

Sylvia Rowley

24 April 2015

Telangana, India

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In India, many farmers, especially women farmers, have transitioned to organic farming. While it requires a serious set of skills and knowledge, organic farming increases yields and decreases costs by eliminating the ...

Climate Central

John Upton

24 April 2015

Sacramento, California, United States

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The government wants more farmers turning waste methane into biogas to help combat the negative effects of global climate change. California is leading the initiative, largely through a cap-and-trade program.

Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor Editorial Board

22 April 2015

Casablanca, Morocco

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Once harshly criticized for its mistreatment of African migrants, Morocco has changed its view and now lays down a well-regulated welcome mat. If Europe did more of the same, it's possible that fewer migrants would ri...

Center for Global Development

Jonah Busch

20 April 2015

India

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Evidence continues to build that humans are contributing to a climate change issue that is nothing but bad news for the planet. Hopeful stories from seven countries, including India, Indonesia, and China, show that ef...

Toronto Star

Sara Mojtehedzadeh

18 April 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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After decades of economic and social despair that once saw it named the poorest big city in America, Cleveland has become a model of revitalization, thanks to a unique “anchor strategy” that harnesses the immense weal...

Bloomberg

Brandon Lisy

13 April 2015

Green Island, New York, United States

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Using mycelium from mushrooms offers a sustainable and biodegradable alternative to synthetic polymers. Mushrooms produce a natural structure that can be used in building and construction, in lieu of plastics or proce...

Women's eNews

Léa Bouchoucha

1 April 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Female veterans are more likely to have a history of trauma, be unemployed, and be homeless. To address this disparity, the VA has started awarding grants to organizations that help female vets.

Wall Street Journal

Tom Wright

31 March 2015

Kenya

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Microfinance started to help reduce world poverty but, in the long run, without bank accounts it is hard for beginning entrepreneurs to really get going and to help the economy. Now that paying is possible through cel...

The New York Times

Margot Sanger-Katz

27 March 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The health care system in the United States is not only expensive, but also its social inequities and infrastructure fail to aid patients’ individual needs. Iora Primary Care in Seattle offers a monthly stipend for ph...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

6 March 2015

San Francisco, California, United States

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500,000 young people drop out of high school each year; they feel disengaged and uninspired; they fail to see how school is relevant in their lives. An educational program called Build makes it possible for low-income...

Pacific Standard

Graeme Wood

3 March 2015

Colorado, United States

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In prison, most inmates are alienated from social practices and can be a tax burden for the states. The Colorado Correctional Industries is a program that positions inmates in different forms of labor such as making s...

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 ...

The Guardian

Annabel Short

25 February 2015

The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands

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There are increasing costs to business when they fail to respect basic human rights. Many are therefore taking steps to avoid abuses – and are taking a proactive rather than reactive approach.

The Huffington Post

Ann Brenoff

24 February 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In the past, Los Angeles was a dangerous city fraught with gang wars. Lately, though, LA has become a safer city due to six changes enforced by the police cracking down on public violence and gangs.

Bloomberg

Alan Jeffries

23 February 2015

California, United States

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To avoid depleting the oceans, fish farms should consider feed that is ethically sourced—or even vegetarian. Feeding fish a completely vegetarian diet makes fish farms more sustainable and avoids relying on feeder-fis...

Sustainability Pioneers

Kirsi Jansa

11 February 2015

Balcombe, United Kingdom

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Two towns are fighting back against fossil fuel companies. From fossil free energy fairs in Pennsylvania to a solar energy co-op in the UK, citizens are relying on the idea of community power to unite in favor of rene...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

6 February 2015

Granville, Ohio, United States

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Retrofitting buildings for energy conservation in the United States could save $1 trillion over a decade, reduce American greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent, and create employment across the country. Many universi...

Freakonomics

Stephen J. Dubner

4 February 2015

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Studying the outcomes of public health delivery can lack a scientific methodology. MIT economists have applied the methodology of randomized controlled trial (RCT) to study the effect of the Medicaid expansion plan in...

PBS NewsHour

William Brangham

31 January 2015

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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Urban areas contain the highest in concentration of burning fossil fuels, which negatively contributes to climate change. Spearheading the green energy movement, Burlington, VT claims that its city uses 100% renewable...

Christian Science Monitor

Lorena Galliot

25 January 2015

Arusha, Arusha, Tanzania

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Electricity is hard to come by in much of Africa. Now, skipping over the fossil fuel age, solar panels are bringing a cheap form of electricity to the continent.

NPR

Amy Yee

17 January 2015

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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After the deadliest garment factory disaster in history killed more than 1,100 Bangladeshi workers in 2013, two new international groups conducted inspections of more than 1,700 factories and imposed higher safety sta...

Ensia

Sarah Jane Keller

5 January 2015

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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In Fort Collins, Colorado, developments and shopping malls are eating away at farm fields, ranches, and forests. One development company is protecting biodiversity by putting houses clustered along a single access roa...

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

5 January 2015

Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada

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In a pilot program in a Canadian city, the working poor were given monthly cash supplements to their income. The recipients did not stop working and were able to access opportunities to make a better living long term.

The New York Times

Ron Haskins

31 December 2014

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Some social welfare programs may receive funding but have no evidence of success. By insisting that funds go primarily to programs with rigorous evidence of success, the federal government can make non-partisan decisi...

CivicStory

Sonia Schnee

22 December 2014

Paterson, New Jersey, United States

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Paterson, NJ used to be a home to manufacturing industries, many of which no longer exist in New Jersey. Fortunately, old factories are being repurposed in new ways. The oldest textile factory is now thriving as The A...

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