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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...

El Colectivo 506

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...

Eos

Deepa Padmanaban

15 June 2021

British Indian Ocean Territory

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In coastal cities in India, floods have led to hundreds of deaths and millions of people being displaced. To address the issue, scientists had to address a variety of factors: hydrology of the upstream region; river, ...

WBUR

Lauren Sommer

8 March 2021

United States

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States are creating microgrids with the use of large batteries and solar panels in an effort to fortify their utilities infrastructure against extreme weather. Such investments enable communities to prevent prolonged ...

CNN

Christina Zdanowicz

25 January 2021

Kittitas County, Washington, United States

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Kittitas County is leading the way in Washington state in efforts to distribute the coronavirus vaccine thanks to having a strong disaster management system in place. The county is accustomed to responding to disaster...

The Counter

Carmen Russo

22 December 2020

New York, New York, United States

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As a way to soften the impacts of a future storm, an artificial oyster reef was installed in New York City. This green infrastructure can absorb the shock of waves and decrease the amount of flooding, as well as build...

Ensia

Debora MacKenzie

8 December 2020

China

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Public health experts are strategizing for how to combat the next pandemic by learning from what failed to prevent the most recent coronavirus pandemic. From increasing surveillance of viruses to using diagnostic tech...

IowaWatch

Lyle Muller

16 October 2020

Osceola, Iowa, United States

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Small hospitals in rural regions in America have quickly had to learn how to cope with the influx of COVID-19 cases during the pandemic. While many lessons have been learned, in Iowa, hospital personnel have seen succ...

Financial Times

Richard Milne

23 September 2020

Finland

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Finland has been able to keep their COVID-19 infection rate and death toll much lower than other countries by "shutting down rapidly" and relying on a law on preparedness that was devised after the Winter War in 1939-...

Eugene Weekly

Taylor Griggs

Henry Houston

18 September 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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As smoke from local wildfires created an unhealthy outdoor environment, cities in Oregon looked to expand temporary housing options for those experiencing homelessness. While not all have been successful, the Portland...

Mongabay

Manish Kumar

26 August 2020

Ventakraipur, Odisha, India

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Two decades after a massive cyclone killed close to 10,000 people in India's Odisha state, the government's efforts to protect coastal villages vulnerable to cyclones and tsunamis has produced a host of safety measure...

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Laura Puttkamer

3 August 2020

Mexico City, Mexico

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The people in a neighborhood in Mexico City are coming up with innovative solutions to handle climate-related disasters like flood. They use an early warning system that uses a radio signal and WhatsApp to warn reside...

Southerly

Antionette Kerr

27 May 2020

North Carolina, United States

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Mobilized to help North Carolina’s second-poorest county recover from two major hurricanes over the past four years, the Robeson County Disaster Recovery Coalition pivoted to provide COVID-19 relief and brace for the ...

Wired

Megan Molteni

29 April 2020

United States

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Scientists have been mapping microbes in public places for a long time and are now tracking Covid-19 by swabbing subways, park benches, ATMs, and even the air, for traces of genetic material to better understand the v...

The New Yorker

Charles Duhigg

26 April 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In responding to the coronavirus outbreak, Washington State stands in direct contrast to New York in how local governments responded. While New York relied on direction from politicians, Washington State looked to pub...

Bloomberg CityLab

Laura Bliss

23 April 2020

United States

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The research field has often been siloed, with each discipline focusing on its own lane, but in the wake of COVID0-19 the shift toward interdisciplinary research is happening – and proving necessary. Often incentivize...

PBS NewsHour

Michael Baleke

21 April 2020

Kampala, Uganda

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Having spent a number of years combatting Ebola and Marburg viruses, officials in Uganda were able to quickly set into a motion a series of proactive strategies such as restriction of movement, surveillance strategies...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

2 April 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Renaissance Economic Development Corporation, a nonprofit loan fund in New York City, has helped Chinatown small businesses recover through 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, and COVID-19 is the newest crisis it needs to navig...

The New York Times

Mike Baker

29 March 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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After learning of the first cases of coronavirus that weren't contracted by direct exposure or from foreign travel, officials in Washington took quick and strict measures to start introducing social distancing, which ...

RTÉ

Justin McCarthy

29 March 2020

South Korea

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Countries such as Ireland are looking to South Korea for lessons about best practices in containing the coronavirus outbreak. Much of South Korea's success, shaped by lessons learned from battling the MERS outbreak in...

Al Jazeera

Dominic Kane

28 March 2020

Berlin, Germany

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Although Germany has a high amount of coronavirus cases, their death toll is less than comparable countries which can be attributed to widespread testing and a prepared health care system. The hospitals have been able...

ABC News (American Broadcasting Company)

Byron Pitts

26 March 2020

South Korea

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Although the United States, Spain, and Italy are still working to contain the coronavirus outbreak, countries across Asia have seen some success. By implementing rapid intervention and widespread testing, places such ...

MassLive

Scott J. Croteau

26 March 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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As communities work to contain the coronavirus outbreak, the risk for emergency responders to contract the illness is high; but in Massachusetts, departments are putting new practices and plans into place to address t...

The Information

Kevin McLaughlin

25 March 2020

United States

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As companies look to stay economically viable and responsive to customers during the coronavirus pandemic, many are beginning to turn to automation as a way to fill jobs that would have humans working too closely toge...

Next City

Darcy Sprague

25 March 2020

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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As the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, the San Antonio Food Bank is working with other organizations to get more food out into the community. Although volunteer turnout has decreased, the Texas food ba...

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