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NBC News

Linda Givetash

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17 August 2019

Sweden

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All over the world, more than 2 million children and teens are participating in classroom walkouts in an effort to bring attention to the severity of climate change. Called, Fridays for the Future, leaders of the move...

NBC News

Daliah Singer

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2 August 2019

Colorado, United States

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States are looking for solutions to the nationwide opioid crisis, and marijuana may be one answer to that search. Two states, with a third on the way, are recommending medical marijuana in place of opioids to both red...

The New York Times

Misha Valencia

30 July 2019

United States

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Using GPS tracking on repeat offenders of domestic violence has shown to decrease repeat instances of such abuse. Of the 23 states that use such devices, those that use them in ankle bracelet form have the ability to ...

The Daily Record

Emily Morgan

30 July 2019

Fairfield, Ohio, United States

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In 2017, Ohio’s Fairfield County built a new jail that, for the first time in a long time, met minimum jail standards. Using bonds, the new jail included an increase in the amount of living space, better security stan...

CBS News

Nichole Marks

21 July 2019

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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5-15 Minutes

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Designing room for rivers and coastlines can mitigate catastrophe. Following a massive flood in 1953, the Dutch government reallocated its resources toward disaster prevention and mitigation. Through measures like bui...

Los Angeles Times

Susan Spillman

19 July 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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For one family, living plastic-free was a lifestyle decision made after they learned more about the harm that plastic waste causes. The Watt family lives as plastic-free as possible – carrying their own utensils, buyi...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

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2 July 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Shared expressions of community and fellowship are fostering a non-partisan approach to civic engagement. The nonprofit Citizen University, based in Seattle, Washington, provides small grants to trained community lead...

DataJournalism.com

Brent Walth

27 June 2019

United States

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Fact-based, data-driven, and solution-oriented journalism can shift the media paradigm from asking “what” to asking “how.” Solutions journalism, known also as constructive journalism in Europe, focuses on data and evi...

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Innocent Eteng

26 June 2019

Nigeria

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Teenagers and young adults across Africa are using myPaddi, an app that allows the user to ask medical questions from the privacy of their own home. Eliminating stigma as well as information that is often derived from...

The Guardian

Ammar Kalia

18 June 2019

Eskilstuna, Sweden

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Recycling provides an economic alternative to heavy industry. In the former steel town of Eskilstuna, recovery from economic decline has meant re-platforming into a model of sustainability. From the city’s second-hand...

BBC

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,...

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David Soll

13 June 2019

United States

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The rollout of the Green New Deal signals a changing culture and mindset toward climate change. While many past responses have been on the individual level – not using plastic straws or carrying reusable bags when goi...

Pioneers Post

Anna Patton

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7 June 2019

London, United Kingdom

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A nonprofit initiative called the Impact Management Project identified ways to measure impact in the nonprofit and social enterprise worlds. Using intense crowdsourcing and measurement of their own success, the initia...

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Lauren Sommer

3 June 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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In the Rancho Santa Fe neighborhood of California, one neighborhood was designed and built to protect homes from wildfires. Included in the design was certain regulations, like regulating weeds, brush, and mulch, and ...

The New York Times

Nellie Bowles

31 May 2019

Burlingame, California, United States

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For millennials looking to gain a stronger sense of commitment to social justice and service work, religious traditions can provide a helpful framework. The Nuns and Nones program in Burlingame, California, places you...

The New York Times

Kevin Williams

25 May 2019

Dayton, Ohio, United States

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In Dayton, Ohio, a Ku Klux Klan rally was met with over 500 counterprotesters. While the city is one of the United States’ most segregated, community members including church groups, New Black Panthers, Antifa members...

Santa Cruz Local

Kara Meyberg Guzman

24 May 2019

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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Throughout California, there are various needle exchange programs that are meant to reduce the likelihood of spreading communicable diseases through the use of dirty needles. Although often met with criticism, Santa C...

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Amelia Axelsen

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23 May 2019

Namibia

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Providing access to international networks of expertise can improve the quality of healthcare available to those living in rural and remote areas. Project ECHO, an initiative based in New Mexico, has partnered with th...

Next City

Zoe Sullivan

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21 May 2019

United States

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As the struggles of refugees and immigrants drudges on, a number of cities across the US are gathering funding for their legal defense. One strategy, a legal counsel program called New York Family Immigrant Unity Proj...

BBC

Daniel Gordon

20 May 2019

Bogotá, Colombia

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Growing flowers and plants in fields where cows graze leads to a healthier diet, larger cows, more enriched soil, and less methane emitted into the atmosphere. About 4,000 farmers have received funding to transform th...

Richland Source

Tracy Geibel

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17 May 2019

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Mansfield, Ohio leaders look to cities across the country for inspiration from successes - and lessons from failures - to help them rebuild their downtown brand. From Austin, Texas, to Fargo, South Dakota, these succe...

Time

Suyin Hayes

16 May 2019

Stockholm, Sweden

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Climate change activist, Greta Thunberg, has sparked global action. The 16-year-old has started marches totalling over 1.5 million people, continuous protests and strikes, and spoken to world leaders at events such as...

The New York Times

Amy Thomas

14 May 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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Brigaid trains professional chefs to run school cafeterias around the U.S. with the aim of providing healthier, cost-effective options for students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. While students in the Bronx an...

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...

The Guardian

Adrian Horton

1 May 2019

Michigan, United States

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In a time of extreme division in American politics, one documentary is highlighting an issue both sides agree is an issue--gerrymandering. As contorted districts have made elections pointless in many Michigan election...

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