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Pacific Standard

Brendan Seibel

15 April 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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In East Portland, Oregon, a new Community Investment Trust is working to ensure that low-income residents have the opportunity to build equity by investing in their real estate. The program is limited to four zip code...

The Christian Science Monitor

Story Hinckley

5 March 2019

Thoreau, New Mexico, United States

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In Thoreau, New Mexico, many of the district's teachers live in the "teacherage," a neighborhood of modest, affordable homes set aside for the town's educators. Thoreau's model, which offers rent subsidization and a b...

All Africa

Mamadou Lamine Ba

15 February 2019

Senegal

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This cross-border story, which takes place in Nigeria, Kenya, and Senegal, examines 3 different approaches to address the still-widespread practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In Nigeria, a short film about FG...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

6 February 2019

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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As gentrification drives involuntary displacement in Denver, Colorado, the city planners elsewhere in Colorado aim to avoid the same fate by instituting policy safeguards. Fort Collins has put in extra protection for ...

NPR

Jodi Helmer

28 January 2019

Hinton, United States

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For people in West Virginia who have lost their jobs due to the decline in the coal mining industry, the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective can help them - and other low-income residents - learn about beekeeping and ge...

The Guardian

Leyland Cecco

4 December 2018

Canada

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After decades of forest devastation coupled with harsh winters, Canada was facing an uncertain future as climate change realities came into focus. To mitigate the damage, the country's government made the decisive mov...

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...

The Guardian

Joe Wallen

23 November 2018

Ukraine

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Ukraine’s Monobank gives the best interest rates to savings account holders who walk 10,000 steps a day. Ukraine has the second highest death rate from heart disease in the world, but savers who exercise can see healt...

Next City

Rachel Kaufman

30 October 2018

Istanbul, Turkey

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A pilot program in Istanbul, Turkey allows subway commuters to pay for their fares with bottles and cans instead of cash. While a one way fare via the "reverse vending machines" costs about 28 1.5 liter bottles, the g...

KUOW.org

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

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24 October 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Worker injuries are on a steady decline in Seattle despite a construction boom. Companies are incentivized to create safe working conditions by lower insurance rates and high competition for job bids.

Colorado Springs Gazette

Liz Forster

18 October 2018

Colorado, United States

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In Colorado, trash either ends up in a landfill or is recycled by being shipped to another state. To increase efficiency and implement better recycling practices, an Iowa-born company that turns recycled cartons into ...

The New York Times

Ceylan Yeginsu

17 October 2018

Istanbul, Turkey

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In an attempt to lessen their role in contributing to waste, Istanbul has installed “reverse vending machines” at metro stations that incentivize recycling. For every plastic bottle or aluminum can inserted into the m...

NBC News

Lynne Peeples

16 October 2018

Haiti

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Plastic waste often ends up in oceans which in turn impacts not only the health of the coastal ecosystem, but human health as well when people consume fish that have ingested the plastic fragments. To keep plastic out...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

15 October 2018

Watamu, Kenya

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In fishing communities, it isn't uncommon for fishermen to accidentally entrap endangered sea turtles. A non-profit in Kenya, however, has figured out a way to not only help raise awareness about the importance of rel...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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25 September 2018

Liverpool, England

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When it comes to helping H.I.V. patients, Britain's National Health Service is able to keep prices for treatment much lower than the United States does by encouraging the use of generic drugs. The National Health Serv...

The Guardian

Mattha Busby

21 September 2018

United Kingdom

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Incentivizing good behavior is a tried and true tactic often used in child development. However, as the need for better behavior around issues such as recycling and public discord rises, some are finding that going ba...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Brian Edwards

7 September 2018

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Since the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed, investors, community leaders, and local governments have been talking about Opportunity Zones. These are low-income areas in each state--Alabama has 150--that will incentiv...

The Huffington Post

Carrie Budge

5 September 2018

Kenya

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During the Industrial Revolution, farmers began harvesting monoculture crops which produced promising profits but proved harmful to the soil and weakened the immune capabilities of native plants. Lately, however, perm...

Los Angeles Times

Jennifer Haberkorn

22 August 2018

California, United States

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In the United States the maternal mortality rate is increasing—and black women in the United States are four times more likely than white women to die in childbirth. Senator Kamala Harris is introducing a bill that wi...

The Huffington Post

Lucy Siegle

22 August 2018

Norway

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Plastic comes at a cost for Norwegian plastic producers. Implementing an environmental tax has lead many producers to join what is known as the nationwide bottle deposit scheme. When consumers return their used plasti...

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

17 August 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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New Orleans, Louisiana is infamously known as a place of cultural celebration and community, but it's also a city plagued by consistent flooding. To reduce the impacts of heavy rainfall, one city-backed initiative is ...

Portland Press Herald

Kevin Miller

12 August 2018

Maine, United States

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Maine has 17 million acres of forestland making it the ideal region for implementing a carbon regulatory program. As governments in both the United States and Canada look to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the advant...

E&E News

Jeremy P. Jacobs

6 August 2018

Oxnard, California, United States

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In California's Ventura County, the Oxnard Plain aquifer is critically over-drafted. Farmers who rely on this water are working to implement a novel, market-based approach to decrease water use: a cap and trade. While...

Ohio Valley Resource

Nicole Erwin

3 August 2018

Kentucky, United States

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For landowners living in close to proximity to the Mississippi River, this means continuously facing the impacts of unexpected flooding. The Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program offers the farmers on these lands the op...

The New York Times

Ellen Rosen

3 August 2018

Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States

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Despite the supposed fear of automation taking away jobs, there is in fact a shortage of employees in the manufacturing industry. In rural areas where many manufacturing plants are located, companies are trying a vari...

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