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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 New York Times

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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...

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Roy Rivenburg

6 December 2021

California, United States

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In Orange County, a group of more than 300 volunteers patrol public spaces and remote highways when there's the threat of a fire. They are called the Orange County Fire Watch. Some of the things they do include educat...

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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Aaron Labaree

30 November 2021

United States

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The U.S. Forest Service and the state of California's Cal Fire pour billions of dollars into waging all-out war on massive wildfires. Huge camps for firefighters, heavy equipment, and elaborate airborne resources make...

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Julia Hotz

19 November 2021

New York, New York, United States

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From New York City to Texas, localities are using oysters to protect themselves from flooding. They are dropping oysters along the coast for baby oysters to grown on, ultimately leading to the creation of wall-like re...

San Francisco Chronicle

Lizzie Johnson

10 November 2021

California, United States

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One year after California legislators created a legal opening for formerly incarcerated firefighters to use their prison training to land firefighter jobs on the outside, the system envisioned by the law's supporters ...

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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...

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Neha Wadekar

1 November 2021

Mozambique

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According to the 2021 Global Climate Risk Index Mozambique was the fifth country most affected by extreme weather over the past two decades. This article takes an in-depth analysis into four aspects of the country's c...

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...

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, ...

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Sara Van Note

22 October 2021

New Mexico, United States

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In order to preserve and protect rivers a new movement that grants rivers personhood rights is growing. In places like New Zealand and Oregon, where some of these measures have passed rivers have the right to flow wit...

The New York Times

Jill Cowan

17 October 2021

San Diego, California, United States

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While much of the state is still facing a severe drought, San Diego has access to plenty of water. Restrictions - like not allowing restaurants to serve water unless it’s asked for and barring residents from watering ...

Santa Barbara Independent

Tyler Hayden

14 October 2021

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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When California adopted a new law in 2020 allowing formerly incarcerated firefighters to petition to have their criminal records expunged and parole waived, the law excluded people with the most serious, violent offen...

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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...

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Mike De Socio

15 August 2021

Arizona, United States

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The Grand Canyon National Park launched a “hike smart” campaign as a way to educate hikers about the risks of traversing in the canyon and to decrease the number of search and rescue incidents. While measuring the suc...

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Mike De Socio

14 August 2021

New Hampshire, United States

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Several years ago, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department created a form of insurance as a way to raise money for search and rescue operations for people hiking in the mountains. These voluntary insurance cards co...

Tri-City News

Stefan Labbé

7 August 2021

Australia

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A review of 120 years of data found that traditional indigenous fire burning practices, which are low-intensity and controlled, lead to an increase in biodiversity. The practice has been done for years in indigenous...

Eugene Weekly

Taylor Perse

5 August 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Disaster preparedness in the form of close inter-agency coordination and communication helped Cuyahoga County, Ohio, protect its unhoused population from COVID-19 to a greater extent than Lane County, Oregon. Although...

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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...

StateImpact Pennsylvania

Madison Goldberg

5 August 2021

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States

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In many cities, rainwater is drained through "grey infrastructure" things like pipes, streets, etc. In some cities, this system is combined with the sewage system. Rainwater drains into the sewage system, is then cle...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Mackenzie Wilkes

4 August 2021

California, United States

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The Yurok Tribe, located in Northern California, depends on fishing to sustain a living. However, a severe drought, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a crumbling highway severely affected the tribe. So, leaders are turning t...

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Zdenka Kovarikova

3 August 2021

Czech Republic

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Cervene Pecky and Dolany, two small towns in Prague, were able to fix their flooding problems through a process known as land consolidation. Prior to the land consolidation, the towns would get flooded by rainwater. ...

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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...

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