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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 ...

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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...

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Jo Mathys

Tom Heap

31 August 2021

Guatemala

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In the first half of this episode, the producers discuss "Tradewaters," an organization that disposes of canisters inside refrigerators. These canisters hold potent greenhouse gases. One 30-pound canister can leak up ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Laure Delacloche

3 August 2021

Beirut, Lebanon

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In 2020, a devastating explosion in Beirut that came from a warehouse released 800,000 and one million tons of construction and demolition waste and 20,000 tons of shattered glass into the city. The waste was being th...

The Third Pole

Aatreyee Dhar

19 July 2021

Barigaon, Assam, India

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A water management committee manages Barigaon’s water ATM, which uses a nanotechnology-based ion exchange resin to remove iron and arsenic from groundwater. Residents, who swipe a pre-paid card to collect water in the...

TVO

Nathaniel Basen

22 April 2021

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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After lithium-ion batteries from iPhones, laptops, or electric cars are used up, the Ontario-based company LiCycle recycles parts of them to be reused in new batteries or in other products. While the recycling process...

Next City

Emily Nonko

18 February 2021

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Since it was reported that Newark’s lead levels in the city’s drinking water were higher than federal standards, the Newark Water Coalition installed a Water Box. This is a portable filtration system that removes cont...

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Katie Jewett

Luka Dakskobler

15 December 2020

Slovenia

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Scientists in Slovenia are working to understand the mysteries of salamanders — known as olms — that live in natural caves and how best to protect this vulnerable species. Industrial pollution infiltrates the water sy...

Planet Detroit

Tom Perkins

10 December 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Environmental deregulation and budget cuts opened the door for a loose coalition of environmental attorneys and activists to do the accountability work for the regulatory system. The groups sue to force companies to f...

Global Press Journal

Nansalmaa Oyunchimeg

6 December 2020

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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After banning the burning of raw coal as a way to reduce air pollution in Mongolia, residents of Ulaanbaatar switched to refined charcoal to heat their homes. However, that coal also wasn’t the cleanest and contribute...

Hakai Magazine

Stephenie Livingston

13 August 2020

Bali, Indonesia

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LINI for Reef to Aquarium, works with local villagers to implement sustainable fishing practices and restore reef habitats damaged by neurotoxins used to catch fish for the saltwater aquarium fish trade. LINI, with th...

Grist

Zoya Teirstein

25 February 2020

Old Harbor, Alaska, United States

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An initiative called the Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research is the state’s first coordinated testing effort to ensure that harvesters are not selling shellfish that contain paralytic shellfish poisoning. The progr...

The Narwhal

Andrew Findlay

Taylor Roades

16 December 2019

Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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After an abandoned copper mine destroyed the Tsolum River in Canada, it took decades and cross-sector collaboration to reduce acid runoff and bring back fish populations. The government, a restoration society, and eve...

Making Contact

Bobbi Murray

6 November 2019

Fresno, California, United States

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The Central Valley of California has an air pollution problem, so community groups are joining forces under the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition to work together towards change. Although progress is slow, the grou...

Changing Florida

Alex Figares

28 March 2019

Gainesville, Florida, United States

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In Florida, a funeral home is specializing in green burial practices – such as hand-digging graves and using biodegradable urns – as a way of lessening the environmental impact that is often associated with both buria...

Ensia

Alessandra Bergamin

8 February 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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An on-going research study out of UC Berkeley's Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health has partnered with youth from the Salinas Valley for two decades to investigate the influence of pesticides on ch...

Making Connections News

Mimi Pickering

18 January 2019

Whitesburg, Kentucky, United States

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Innovative mine reclamation projects across five states in the Appalachian region allow local organizations, schools, and businesses to clean up and utilize abandoned mine land. From a school that's transforming aband...

Christian Science Monitor

Story Hinckley

11 January 2019

Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States

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Grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency empower local communities—and workers—to redevelop abandoned industrial sites. These sites, known as brownfields, are often left in disuse because of the presence of ...

Ensia

Hannah Thomasy

8 January 2019

Rialto, California, United States

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It turns out that bacteria can do a lot more than contaminate water--some species break down toxic chemicals and remove heavy metals. Active sites already clean water in states like Kansas, Utah, Texas, and California...

The Marshall Project

Abbie Vansickle

Manuel Villa

21 December 2018

California, United States

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After San Joaquin County adopted a slew of criminal justice reforms, crime dropped by 20 percent, the lowest number in a decade. One of the things that was implemented were speciality courts aimed at decreasing arrest...

Bloomberg CityLab

Leslie Nemo

28 November 2018

Florida, United States

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The Red Tide that hit the coast of Florida in 2018 resulted in a massive amount of waste and dead sea species washing ashore. With no protocol in place to clean up the toxic mess, counties had to learn while doing. Fr...

The New York Times

Ian Urbina

24 November 2018

Oregon, United States

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An elk hunt in Oregon shows one way states regulate lead ammunition by prohibiting hunters from firing lead bullets in some state wildlife areas. It’s part of a wider effort to eradicate lead ammunition that can conta...

Capital & Main

Judith Lewis Mernit

24 October 2018

Vancouver, Canada

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Years of research across countries has now shown that safe injection facilities correlate with fewer overdose deaths, but the United States as been slow to adopt this solution. Often deemed as controversial on the arg...

Bloomberg CityLab

Jaime Velazquez

13 July 2018

Madrid, Spain

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With a little strategic planning, cities can nurture biodiversity in the urban environment. “Sometimes, small actions can bring incredible results,” says Antonio Morcillo, deputy director for conservation of green are...

Vox

German Lopez

10 May 2018

Richmond, Virginia, United States

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In order to tackle opioid addiction, the state of Virginia found a way to make drug treatment accessible to people with medicaid by boosting “reimbursement rates to addiction treatment providers.” Historically, drug t...

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