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David Sands

14 December 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, a coalition of nonprofits and organizations are coming together to transform buildings into resilience centers. A resilience center is a hub that people can go to for help, especially in moments of a natur...

The Washington Post

Laura Meckler

Hannah Natanson

9 December 2021

Virginia, United States

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Using tactics developed by the U.S. Secret Service to protect the life of the president, Virginia pioneered an approach to assessing threats of possible mass shootings in schools that has been adopted by an estimated ...

Grist

Jesse Nichols

8 December 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Moss get their nutrients from the air, providing a snapshot of the air quality around them. A team of scientists in Portland seized upon this. In 2013 they sampled moss from over 300 trees in the city. It was cheaper ...

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Léopold Salzenstein

Rafiqul Islam Montu

2 December 2021

Bangladesh

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In 1970 Cyclone Bhola hit Bangladesh. It killed up to 500,000 people. Since then, the country has revamped its emergency disaster preparedness through a multipronged process, reducing its cyclone-related deaths by 100...

The Current (Georgia)

Margaret Coker

30 November 2021

Glynn County, Georgia, United States

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The murder of Ahmaud Arbery sparked nationwide rage, but the people most affected by local racism felt it most keenly. A Better Glynn formed to seek reforms in Glynn County law enforcement after years of status-quo ra...

Vox

Kimberly Mas

Christina Thornell

24 November 2021

United States

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In 1987 ozone levels above Antartica had dropped by fifty percent. Scientists convened to discover the cause and found it was being depleted due to a chemical called chloroflourinecarbons commonly found in aerosol can...

Grist

Shannon Osaka

15 November 2021

France

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In order to cut carbon emissions in France, President Emmanuel Macron created an assembly of 150 randomly selected citizens. The citizens "convention on climate" met and deliberated for months before releasing 149 pro...

Pioneers Post

Sasha Gallick

14 November 2021

Saarijärvi, Finland

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Snowchange is a co-operative formed by a network of villages across Finland. The co-op formed after fishermen found all the fish in the river dead due to pollution. They decided to take action. They began "rewilding,"...

Metro FM 90.8

Hasifah Namuli

12 November 2021

Uganda

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Better Reproductive Health, Better Communities Project is a partnership between nonprofits and medical providers working to increase awareness about unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions, while also ensuring wom...

KXAN-TV

Kevin Clark

11 November 2021

Arlington, Virginia, United States

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Arlington police and its entertainment-district bars and restaurants addressed rising violence and other crime by collaborating to prevent crime rather than banking on police alone to solve it through more arrests. Wh...

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Sanket Jain

10 November 2021

India

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In India, there were 1.2 million snakebite deaths reported between 2000 and 2019. Agricultural workers and farmers are the worst hit. Amit Sayyed wanted to find a way to reduce the number of snakebites, particularly i...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Peter Yeung

5 November 2021

Milan, Italy

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A third of food produced, or about 1.3 million metric tons per year, go to waste. They generate a third of greenhouse gas emissions. The city of Milan in Italy is a pioneer in eliminating food waste. The city launched...

Street Roots

Libby Dowsett

3 November 2021

Georgia, United States

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In Georgia, child-welfare officials considering moving a child in foster care from one caregiver to another must delay the move for 14 days. During that pause, a group of involved officials and foster parents hold a v...

High Country News

Wufei Yu

29 October 2021

Sandia Pueblo, New Mexico, United States

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Tribes in New Mexico have enlisted over 70 goats to help clear dry brush, branches, and invasive plants, which can otherwise become fuel for potential fires. The program, which has been running for almost a whole year...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Mark Wiebe

Hunter Funk

27 October 2021

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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Since the early 2000s, when its overcrowded jail led to a decision to jail fewer people instead of adding more cells, Bexar County, Texas, has provided comprehensive help to people likely to end up jailed if social an...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Prince James Story

26 October 2021

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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There are about 480,000 school buses in the country, less than one percent of them are electric. Replacing diesel school buses with electric ones would reduce greenhouse emissions by 5.3 million tons a year, it would ...

Pioneers Post

Laura Joffre

22 October 2021

Madagascar

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Mangroves can store up six times more carbon than an area equal to the Amazon rainforest. However, they are rapidly declining, over the past century their population has been reduced by 30 to 50 percent. One nonprofit...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Peter Yeung

15 October 2021

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Evidence shows that "community-run forests," or forests that are owned and managed by the people that live in the community are better for the environment. In a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo 300 people m...

Mongabay

Keith Anthony S. Fabro

7 October 2021

Philippines

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When Typhoon Haiyan hit the island of Busuanga in the western Phillipines it brought imminent destruction. It prompted residents, especially the women of the island, to rehabilitate the mangrove forests. Apart from st...

Arizona Daily Star

Caitlin Schmidt

5 October 2021

Mesa, Arizona, United States

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In 2019, Mesa police began diverting calls about suicide threats to a crisis line, where trained mental health professionals could provide counseling or dispatch a mobile crisis unit. Then they placed mental health pr...

Monterey County Weekly

Pam Marino

1 October 2021

Salinas, California, United States

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Over 120 hotels and motels have been converted into affordable housing developments in California, housing 8,260 people who were previously experiencing homelessness. Known as Homekey, the state-funded program was ini...

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Victoria Bouloubasis

30 September 2021

Texas, United States

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Some states and cities protect residents of mobile-home communities from eviction with opportunity-to-purchase laws, which require the corporations that rent the land beneath a mobile home to give residents a chance t...

WKMG-TV

Erik von Ancken

8 September 2021

Lake Mary, Florida, United States

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The Mental Health Intervention Group is a partnership of hospitals and community social services agencies formed by the Lake Mary Police Department to address mental health problems before they turn into crises. Avoid...

The New York Times

Elizabeth Williamson

5 September 2021

Whitefish, Montana, United States

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When a white nationalist leader sparked an antisemitic hate campaign in his vacation community to settle a personal grievance, the community rose up in unison to confront the hate and render it toothless. Everyone fro...

COVID-19 Data Dispatch

Betsy Ladyzhets

5 September 2021

Port Orford, Oregon, United States

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Despite its tiny size and modest resources, the Port Orford-Langlois school district in Oregon managed to minimize coronavirus spread among students in the 2020-21 school year. A key factor was the partnership between...

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