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Earth Journalism Network

Abhaya Raj Joshi

29 July 2019

Rantapur, Nepal

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As big cities attract the able-bodied residents of rural areas in Nepal, a new initiative provides a chance to stay: to earn an income by planting and caring for trees as part of a carbon offset program. It started as...

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Tom Colls

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2 July 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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A U.S. company, Flock Safety, has developed a security and surveillance system that allows residents to monitor the color, model, and license plate of every car entering their neighborhood. The system uses car license...

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Dougal Shaw

28 June 2019

London, United Kingdom

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In London, a new initiative called Junior Roadwatch is engaging children as traffic safety enforcers. Around one particularly busy and dangerous section of road, drivers who are caught speeding have two options: get a...

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Kathleen Hawkins

Hannah McNeish

18 June 2019

Portugal

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In 2001, facing a 20-year opioid epidemic, Portugal decriminalized all personal drug use, meaning people carrying drugs for personal use could no longer face prosecution or jail. The approach, met with public support,...

The New York Times

Timothy Williams

12 June 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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The San Francisco District Attorney’s office has been instituting “blind charging,” making it impossible to see someone’s name, race, and other demographics before deciding to charge them with a crime. This new practi...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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11 June 2019

Oregon, United States

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In Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, the traditional polling place has all but disappeared. In its place is the rise of the mail-in ballot, a convenient, inclusive method where states mail ballots to every registered ...

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Patti Neighmond

10 June 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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People who experience trauma in their early childhood are at a higher likelihood of experiencing chronic pain in later years, which often goes untreated. However, emotional awareness and expression therapy, which comb...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Paighten Harkins

Erin Alberty

27 May 2019

Utah, United States

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Across the United States, veterans are at a greater risk for suicide than the average civilian, but in Utah, this problem is elevated even further. Although researchers are unsure of the reasons for this, programs in ...

The Guardian

Emine Saner

22 May 2019

Southampton, United Kingdom

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There’s a new environmental movement: the no-fly movement. In Europe especially, people are realizing the detrimental environmental impact of flying and are seeking alternatives to air travel, even if it means being c...

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Robert Nott

18 May 2019

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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In Sante Fe, residents can get a rebate on their water bill for installing environmentally-friendly appliances. The program recently expanded to commercial businesses, and the city is being strategic in incentivizing ...

Washington Post

Laura Meckler

15 May 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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To combat emotional distress that many students are facing, schools across the nation are implementing mock funerals, allowing students to figuratively "bury their pain." Although issues at focus range from drunk driv...

The Guardian

Elle Hunt

14 May 2019

Vienna, Austria

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Vienna, Austria uses a tactic called "gender mainstreaming" to ensure that urban planning equally takes into account lives of women and men around the city. While architecture and urban planning have traditionally bee...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

11 May 2019

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

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Manchester, New Hampshire is seeing early success with a new program that helps keep mothers battling addiction in contact with their children. Based on the premise that keeping parents connected with their child duri...

The New York Times

Richard Schiffman

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10 May 2019

New York, United States

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In the United States, most playgrounds are equipped with the same types of monkey bars, slides and swings, but a few are replacing these typical options with "dismembered store mannequins, wooden packing crates, tires...

GreenBiz

Nate Berg

2 May 2019

Roanoke, North Carolina, United States

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EEtility, an Arkansas-based B corporation that works with utility companies to upgrade home energy conservation, has a cost-effective solution to reach low-income areas. By using a model called tariffed on-bill financ...

The Guardian

Tina Rosenberg

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30 April 2019

Zimbabwe

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Depression and anxiety impact people across socioeconomic levels and geographic boundaries, despite being thought of as mostly isolated to wealthier western regions. Because training mental health professionals can be...

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Amar Diwakar

23 April 2019

United Kingdom

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Enrolling parents in simple, scalable ways can improve early child learning outcomes. Building on a model used in the US state of California, firms in the UK are developing an SMS-based curriculum geared toward parent...

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Nelisiwe Msomi

23 April 2019

South Africa

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In South Africa, public health nurses have a tendency to act more like a parent than a nurse when teenage girls visit the clinic to be tested for HIV, ask for birth control or get antiretroviral treatment. To change t...

The Boston Globe

Matt Rocheleau

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22 April 2019

Medford, Massachusetts, United States

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In an effort to promote safe driving, a local artist painted a three-dimensional crosswalk near an elementary school. The idea came from school-aged children, noticing the intersection needed improvements, who brought...

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James A. Anderson

22 April 2019

Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

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Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) is a model that charges residents of a given city for the trash they throw away, aiming to spur people to decrease the amount of waste they dispose. Acting like a utility payment, this model ha...

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Jaime Buerger

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19 April 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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After successful reports from countries around the world about the positive effects of congestion pricing, New York City looks to charge drivers in the most congested areas of the city in order to reduce traffic and e...

The New York Times

Rachel Cernansky

17 April 2019

Zaatari, Mafraq Governorate, Jordan

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We Love Reading, an organization backed by UNICEF and USAID, works with all of Jordan's Syrian refugee camps and one of Ethiopia's South Sudanese camps to use storytelling as a tool for psychological healing. It start...

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Padmini Parthasarathy

15 April 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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People who work in caring professions often experience vicarious trauma, and don't always take the time to seek care for themselves. Rino Consulting Solutions aims to help solve this issue, especially as it impacts pe...

Vox

Gina Barton

Christophe Haubursin

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12 April 2019

Halden, Norway

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Halden Prison in Norway has re-designed itself so that the look and feel of prison life isn’t an added punishment to restricted freedom. Designers took into consideration the role campus design plays in promoting or d...

Washington Post

Jane Black

Brent Cunningham

10 April 2019

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

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After gaining attention in 2008 for having an obesity crisis, the city of Huntington, West Virginia started making slow and steady changes that have culminated into positive changes in the community's overall health. ...

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