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Yes! Magazine

Marianne Dhenin

8 July 2021

Cairo, Egypt

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Organizations in Egypt and Bangladesh are greening their cities by turning rooftops into urban gardens that can grow food, reduce air pollution, and decrease air temperatures. Green Savers in Dhaka has installed more ...

BBC

Julie Ball

9 March 2021

Somalia

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A greenhouse that is cooled by seawater and the wind is allowing farmers in Somaliland to grow crops like tomatoes and vegetables despite extreme heat. By creating an environment that is higher in humidity and cooler ...

Texas Tribune

Vianna Davila

Jeremy Schwartz

Kiah Collier

22 February 2021

Texas, United States

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After winter storms and freezing temperatures in 2011 and 2014 caused power plants in Texas to shut down, the state’s energy regulators failed to adapt the state’s electric grid for future extreme weather events. Expe...

Wall Street Journal

Katherine Blunt

Russell Gold

19 February 2021

Texas, United States

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By relying on the market to give energy suppliers' incentives to keep the power going during extreme weather events, a historic cold snap in Texas revealed cracks in the state’s free-market energy system, which left m...

The Huffington Post

Rachel Ramirez

1 December 2020

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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With rising temperatures occurring all over the world, cities are implementing plans to combat heat waves and protect its residents. The city of Ahmedabad in India has been a model for heat resiliency after it created...

Arizona Daily Star

Henry Brean

20 September 2020

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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In an experimental garden in Arizona, scientists are seeing how to produce sustainable and local food in a desert environment. They’re growing plants under a photovoltaic “canopy” of solar panels that provide necessar...

Next City

Edward Belleville

3 August 2020

Berlin, Germany

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Cities around the world are using apps and interactive platforms to encourage resident volunteers to care for their urban forests. For example, in Berlin, Gieß den Kiez (Water the Neighborhood) is an app that allows u...

The Arizona Republic

Erin Stone

15 May 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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To combat the effects of rising temperatures due to climate change, Los Angeles piloted an experiment called “cool pavements,” where they coat streets with a light-colored sealant to reflect heat. Researchers are stud...

Christian Science Monitor

Peter Ford

4 November 2019

France

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Chagrined by its lack of planning that contributed to many deaths in a 2003 heat wave, France developed a coordinated national response that in 2019 cut the death toll by 90% despite even higher temperatures. By payin...

The Washington Post

Steven Mufson

16 October 2019

Doha, Qatar

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In Qatar, where temperatures have reached unbearably high degrees, an engineering professor at Qatar University has designed a way to provide air conditioning to the outdoors. Although the method is arguably not a sol...

Belt Magazine

Nina Misuraca Ignaczak

13 September 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Working toward environmental justice takes organizing on the community level. In Detroit, the Women of Empowerment promote resilience against the adverse effects of climate change on the city’s east side by spearheadi...

Yale Environment 360

Jim Morrison

12 September 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Researchers are using citizen science volunteers to more accurately identify hot spots in cities, where some temperatures are significantly higher than their surrounding areas. The data has also shown that there is a ...

Forbes

Christine Ro

3 September 2019

Cape Town, South Africa

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As temperatures across the world increase, many low-income areas are being hit the hardest without anywhere to turn. In South Africa, spray parks are becoming more popular as a solution, providing an inclusive place f...

The Daily Climate

Laurie Mazur

29 August 2019

Missoula, Montana, United States

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Adapting to climate change takes planning and partnerships. In Missoula, Montana, partnerships with nonprofits like Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) and Climate Smart Missoula reinforce the city’s climate planning. TEX c...

U.S. News & World Report

Katelyn Newman

7 August 2018

Dallas, Texas, United States

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In 2016, the Texas Trees Foundation and federal Trust for Public Land partnered to use GIS technology in greening Dallas, Texas, and plant some 1,000 trees to start. Not only does the initiative reduce respiratory pro...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

20 July 2018

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Trees are an effective bulwark against summer heat, providing shade and cooling the air as water evaporates from leaves. A collaborative project mapped heat and other considerations in Dallas and picked the neighborho...

The Boston Globe

Matt Rocheleau

30 January 2018

United States

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Although alcohol and driving don't typically go hand-in-hand, researchers found one way to successfully and safely combine the two. By taking the by-products of the distilling process and combining them with the typic...

Colorado Community Media

Shanna Fortier

3 January 2018

Arvada, Colorado, United States

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High rates of homelessness are an issue for many cities in America, and the associated perils increase dramatically in severe weather situations. In Colorado's Jefferson County, The Severe Weather Shelter Network, a C...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Jacopo Pasotti

24 July 2017

Mongolia

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Mongolia’s nomadic, pastoral families are banding together to strengthen their resilience in the face of climate change. With their economic livelihoods dependent on livestock production, they feel the effects of warm...

Politico

Erica Peterson

9 December 2014

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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Although residents turn up their air conditioners, Louisville heat is increasing the city’s death rate by 39 people every year. The city mayor launched a tree commission for planting more trees and since 2011 has plan...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Wanjohi Kabukuru

29 March 2014

Roche Caiman, Victoria, Seychelles

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Warming water has led to the collapse of coral reef systems in the western Indian Ocean, essential to fisheries, protecting shorelines, and reducing beach erosion and sea-level rise. Marine scientists from Nature Seyc...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

3 October 2012

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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In the poorest places, the lack of proper clothing costs lives. Now a simple and efficient program in India is attacking the problem with the urgency it deserves.

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