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Nadia Sussman

29 December 2021

Brazil

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In Brazil, the world's largest producer of sugar cane, industry leaders have found a way to harvest the crop without sugar cane burning. Sugar cane burning is harmful to the environment and nearby residents. After com...

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Tariro Mzezewa

14 December 2021

Mayfield, Kentucky, United States

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Advances in meteorological technology have helped drive down the fatality rate from tornadoes in the U.S. to a fraction of what it was a century ago. Violent tornadoes rarely evade advance detection, thanks to weather...

The Washington Post

Caren Chesler

12 December 2021

United States

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Training courses based on role-playing that supplement classroom teaching have helped some police departments reduce incidents of unnecessary use of lethal force. In response to protests over police shootings, more de...

The Washington Post

Danielle Paquette

3 December 2021

Freetown, Sierra Leone

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Alhaji Siraj Bah created Rugsal Trading to decrease deforestation in Sierra Leone. One of the reasons people clear forests is to make wood-based charcoal for fuel. In order to address that need while enouraging susta...

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

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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...

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Jake Clapp

21 November 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Cities are contending with a rise in short term rentals which is exacerbating the already limited supply of affordable housing. The effort to rein them in includes fees being redirected to affordable housing funds, st...

The New York Times

Cara Buckley

20 November 2021

Carmel, Indiana, United States

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America's capital of the traffic roundabout is Carmel, Indiana, a city of 102,000 people and 140 roundabouts. The city boasts exceptionally low rates of traffic deaths and injury crashes. Studies of roundabout use els...

The Washington Post

Heather Kelly

28 October 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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Bluetooth-enabled tracking devices were designed to find lost purses and key rings. But the devices, sold under such names as Tile, AirTag, and Chipolo, also can be used to find stolen cars, bikes, or other valuables....

Local News Matters

Victoria Franco

28 October 2021

California, United States

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In California, first responders have implemented technology to assist with wildfires and evacuations. The two tools are ALERTWildfire and Zonehaven. ALERTWildfire is a system of cameras that help firefighters locate, ...

Montana Free Press

Emily Stifler Wolfe

14 October 2021

Big Sandy, Montana, United States

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Quinn Organic Research Center sits at the hub of innovations slowly transforming farming culture away from industrial agriculture toward organic and regenerative strategies. Countering the decades-old "get big or get ...

Premium Times

Abdulkareem Mojeed

2 October 2021

Nigeria

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Some Nigerian farmers are combating the harmful effects of climate change by turning towards more sustainable farming like greenhouse farming, integrated agriculture, sack or bag farming, and hydroponic farming. Altho...

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Tessa Stuart

16 September 2021

Texas, United States

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Demand for self-managed abortions increased as more states restrict women’s access to care. AidAccess provides women with abortion pills via affordable virtual consultations with its 10 medical providers, serving all ...

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Sydney Kornegay

15 September 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Project ACT provides support services to 1,000 Cleveland public school students experiencing homelessness or living with guardians other than their parents. Students are set up with a life skills coach who provides em...

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Erica Lenti

1 September 2021

Orange, Massachusetts, United States

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Trans Doe Task Force is a nonprofit project by two professional genetic genealogists that works to solve cold cases involving missing and murdered trans people. Trans people are at greater risk of violence. When their...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Peter Yeung

31 August 2021

Bordeaux, France

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Getting rid of urine is very wasteful, in the European Union alone almost 6,000 billion liters of water are used to flush urine. TOOPI Organics is using urine as a resource. Founded in 2019, the biotech company collec...

Energy News Network

Elizabeth McGowan

30 August 2021

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

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Two organizations partnered to help eight low-income households convert their homes to become all-electric in Virginia. It entailed replacing fossil-fuel based heating and cooling systems like stoves and water coolers...

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Don Babwin

29 August 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, where the city's size and traffic would pose logistical and cost barriers to make mental health professionals first responders to mental-crisis calls, the Cook County sheriff's office has put 70 Zoom-enabl...

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Gianluca D'Elia

5 August 2021

Arizona, United States

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Three years after Arizona added people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to the list of people who can trigger a public alert when they go missing, advocates say the state enjoys better coordination from...

ELLE Magazine

John H. Tucker

4 August 2021

Greeley, Colorado, United States

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One woman's use of an Instagram account in her personal journey from sex-trafficking victim to sociology researcher enabled new sources of research, teaching, and victim aid. Megan Lundstrom's community of fellow sex ...

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Alfonso Gatgens

30 July 2021

Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

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Early warning systems in Sarapiquí have proven effective in the wake of natural disasters. After hurricanes in 2016 and 2017, “institutions were able to carry out and fulfill their tasks” in response to alerts. Fundin...

CalMatters

Robert Lewis

21 July 2021

California, United States

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Two decades ago, California became the first state to create a system to track and seize guns from people no longer legally permitted to possess a gun. Thousands of guns have been seized. But the database of gun owner...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Stan Finger

20 July 2021

Kansas, United States

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When courthouses and in-person government meetings shut down because of COVID-19, officials satisfied Kansas’ open meeting mandate by using pandemic relief aid to equip buildings with the technology needed to live str...

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Isa Grassano

19 July 2021

Italy

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An Italian travel writer and a publishing house partnered to recreate the experience of travel to new places, providing tourists with a virtual experience and tour guides with a source of income to replace their lost ...

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Melissa Blasius

9 July 2021

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Pedestrian-activated traffic signals that flash red to allow people to cross busy streets midblock have saved lives in one of the nation's most dangerous cities for pedestrians. On one stretch of Phoenix highway where...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Kai Steinecke

9 July 2021

Germany

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In agroforestry, traditional farming of plants and animals is combined with the planting of different types of trees. It is much more sustainable than traditional agriculture, which takes a huge toll on the environmen...

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