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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,"...

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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...

Global Press Journal

Aline Suárez del Real

14 August 2021

Lerma, Mexico, Mexico

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The Lerma river in Mexico is one of the most polluted rivers in the country. Water from the river leaves behind yellow stains and causes headaches and dizziness. To help bring clean, drinking water to the community a ...

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...

The National

Toka Omar

16 June 2021

Cairo, Egypt

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An environmental initiative in Cairo is enlisting fishermen on the Nile River to collect recyclable plastic bottles. The program pays double the rates paid elsewhere in the country, compensating the fishermen for the ...

Mongabay

Sarah Derouin

27 May 2021

Pennsylvania, United States

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The state of Pennsylvania set to plant 86,000 hectares of riparian buffers, the practice of planting trees and shrubs along a river or stream to filter water. Other benefits of riparian buffers include things like res...

Mongabay

James Fair

24 March 2021

Cyprus

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Thanks to efforts by the Society for the Protection of Turtles and a band of international volunteers, green and loggerhead turtle numbers in North Cyprus are rebounding. Last year, there were more than 2,400 nests co...

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Phil Roberts

12 March 2021

Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

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In a science class in a local New Jersey school, students came up with a green solution to a storm water management and flooding problem in their parking lot when it rained. With help from the Cooperative Extension Wa...

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Anne N. Connor

11 March 2021

Lake George, New York, United States

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An experiment in upstate New York showed how town officials could maintain clean and safe roads during the winter season and protect the environment. By using a salt brine before winter storms, they were able to plow ...

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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...

Citizen Matters

Bhavani Prabhakar

27 January 2021

Ramapuram, India

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Active civic participation by residents and associations, such as the Ramapuram Social Welfare Federation, supports the identification of civic problems and escalation to the appropriate authorities. When the local la...

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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...

Grist

Brianna Baker

20 November 2020

United States

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“In 2015, nearly 21 million U.S. residents relied on water systems that violate the standards set by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.” Meena Sankaran is helping to reverse the trend. Her startup, KETOS, uses analy...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

21 August 2020

Ashland, Ohio, United States

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As a way to raise funds and awareness for stormwater education, some cities are turning rain barrels into an art exhibit. Rain barrels catch water as it runs off rooftops, which can be used later for watering plants. ...

Yale Environment 360

Jon Hurdle

20 August 2020

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Once known for being dirty, the Delaware River is being cleaned up by nonprofits and government entities to the point where they’re encouraging people to swim in it again. The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authori...

The Guardian

Rebecca Smithers

30 July 2020

England, United Kingdom

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The sales of single-use plastic bags has dropped by more than 95 percent in England’s supermarkets since 2015 when a monetary fee was introduced to encourage shoppers to reduce their plastic waste. Despite this reduct...

Mongabay

Vaishnavi Rathore

13 April 2020

Sudher, Himachal Pradesh, India

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A group of women volunteers, known as the Mahila Mandal, from Sudher in India are fighting against the dumping of garbage in their village and the pollution and potential negative health effects that come with it. Des...

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Valerie Vande Panne

3 February 2020

Lake George, New York, United States

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Brining roads before a snowstorm makes clearing roads easier and reducing the amount of salt runoff into the surrounding environment. In cities like Lake George, NY, and Cambridge, MA, municipal departments of transpo...

Hakai Magazine

Dani Leviss

9 January 2020

New Jersey, United States

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Low cost sonar helps teams of crabbers in the Great Bay Estuary locate abandoned traps, which they use hook lines to remove to protect wildlife and damage to fishing boats. Funded by three grants, teams have retrieved...

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Mou Chakraborty

17 December 2019

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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For decades, Sumita Banerjee has mobilized her community to save the Rabindra Sarovar lake. The lake preserves floral species, generates oxygen, and offers green space for locals to enjoy, but it’s threatened by gover...

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...

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Emily Nonko

20 November 2019

Peoria, Illinois, United States

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Green infrastructure provides a return on investment and improves the quality of life in a community. In Peoria, Illinois, the city’s Public Works Department has piloted several green infrastructure initiatives with t...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Brian Albrecht

10 November 2019

Ohio, United States

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Toxic green algae has become a prominent threat in Lake Erie, but local farmers are trying to reduce their footprint by limiting agricultural nutrient runoff from manure and fertilizer that is spread on their farm fie...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Brian Albrecht

10 November 2019

Chesapeake, Ohio, United States

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The Great Lakes region is becoming overtaken by algal blooms, but reduction efforts from past projects are helping to create a guide for a way forward. The Chesapeake Bay Program – a multi-state and multi-agency effor...

PBS POV

Michael Premo

Rachel Falcone

4 November 2019

New Brunswick, Canada

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After an energy company began exploring New Bruncwick territory for oil and natural gas, Indigenous tribes and white people worked together to protect their water and ban fracking. They held protests at government bui...

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