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Vox

Kelsey Piper

11 September 2020

Kenya

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Mobile banking in Kenya has increased economic mobility for families living in poverty. The mobile money system is not connected to bank accounts, making it accessible to the overwhelming majority of Kenyans who don't...

CityLab

Sarah Holder

Kara Harris

3 September 2020

United States

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As the "defund-the-police" campaign sparks interest in alternatives to police-only responses to crises involving mental illness or similar problems, cities as disparate as Eugene, Oregon, and Stockholm serve as exempl...

South China Morning Post

Julian Ryall

2 September 2020

Japan

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The Japanese government is embracing the idea of "workation" trips for employees across industries as a means to "help the travel industry and keep the economy ticking" as the country moves forward in the wake of the ...

Arctic Today

Amy Yee

1 September 2020

Rwanda

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Alternative energy systems in Africa could help inform how to trap methane in the Arctic. Due to permafrost thawing and glaciers melting, methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, is leaking into t...

Next City

Emily Nonko

1 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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An income-based payment structure has alleviated water debt in Philadelphia. Decreasing federal aid to municipal water utilities in conjunction with rising costs associated with climate change has increased the cost o...

Next City

Elissaveta M. Brandon

25 August 2020

Harlem, New York, United States

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PLAY NYC, a nonprofit in New York, is reviving a historic pop-up playground concept, which started over two decades ago, in order to increase children's access to playgrounds and physical activity. The concept is simp...

The Huffington Post

Alexandra Kirkman

24 August 2020

Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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To protect the Mesoamerican Reef from the effects of climate change, key stakeholders in Mexico created the world’s first insurance policy to protect a natural asset. The policy provides an immediate infusion of cash ...

Yes! Magazine

Agostino Petroni

24 August 2020

Torre Guaceto, Italy

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Fishers, researchers, and managers came together to create Torre Guaceto, a marine reserve off the coast of Italy. The area was previously exploited, but because of this cooperative management project, biodiversity ha...

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. ...

Associated Press

Linda A. Johnson

20 August 2020

Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States

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Although offering at-home care has been a practice for some time, the coronavirus pandemic has helped prompt more health insurance companies to allow health care workers to implement the practice at a larger scale. Tr...

The Huffington Post

Kyla Mandel

20 August 2020

California, United States

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Solar development can reduce or significantly alter local biodiversity, and this should be considered when planning sustainability projects in the desert, argues a new study. Scientists measured the impact of a solar ...

The Community Voice

Bonita Gooch

Jazzlyn Johnson

20 August 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Minnesota Freedom Fund spent its first four years as a modestly funded non-profit that used donations to bail people out of jail, as a means of countering a cash bail system that critics see as unfair to people li...

Bhekisisa

Joan van Dyk

James Oatway

20 August 2020

Gauteng, South Africa

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A color-coded system is being adopted at hospitals throughout South Africa after seeing success in Taiwan during the COVID-19 pandemic. The system uses red, yellow, and green color-coding to warn health care officials...

The Hechinger Report

Darcy Sprague

19 August 2020

Texas, United States

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Long summer vacations are a tradition in the United States, but some school districts are challenging the long-standing notion of summer break by using a different model—year-round school. School districts around the ...

Science/AAAS

Paul Voosen

18 August 2020

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

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Scientists have transformed a stream in Pennsylvania into a marshy waterway because of a restoration project that removed 22,000 tons of legacy sediment built up by colonial-era farming and logging. After removing met...

Colorado Politics

Rachel Lorenz

13 August 2020

Colorado, United States

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Colorado has fine-tuned an effective mail-in ballot protocol for statewide elections and has one of the highest voter turnouts. Ballots are stored in tamperproof locked rooms that are continuously monitored and voters...

CityLab

Peter Yeung

7 August 2020

Tenino, Washington, United States

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Complementary currencies are local alternatives to national currencies that help local economies when budgets are tight. Tenino prints “wooden dollars” and residents in need get up to $300/month to spend at local busi...

Politico

Ryan Heath

6 August 2020

United States

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Several countries successfully held elections during the Covid-19 pandemic and can offer insights for how the U.S. can hold a safe presidential election. These include providing more funding for additional polling pla...

Equal Times

Steve Rushton

3 August 2020

France

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There are 29 Resistance to Advertising Aggression (RAP) groups working in France to ban outdoor advertising such as billboards. The groups worked with the mayor in the city of Grenoble to cancel a contract for 326 out...

KPTV

John Hendricks

31 July 2020

Oregon, United States

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Officials in Oregon, where voters have voted by mail in statewide elections for decades, point to their successful system to counter Donald Trump’s claim that voting by mail is “rigged” and results could take “years.”...

Mongabay

Sandra Weiss

30 July 2020

Gandú, Bahia, Brazil

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Ernst Götsch, an agronomist and cocoa farmer in Brazil, uses a different method of agriculture that could be more beneficial to small farmers. His method, known as syntropic agriculture, is an agroforestry system wher...

Global Sisters Report

Doreen Ajiambo

16 July 2020

Chilanga, Zambia

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In Zambia, where severe drought due to climate change has negatively affected agriculture, the Daughters of the Redeemer are practicing organic farming to feed hundreds of children and families whose basic needs are n...

Yale Climate Connections

Samantha Harrington

15 July 2020

Davenport, Iowa, United States

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While many communities in the Midwest use dams and levees to control the Mississippi River, some are trying new approaches to flood control as climate change threatens to increase rainfall and the severity of storms i...

The Trace

J. Brian Charles

6 July 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A strategy to improve the intelligence that steers policing and violence-intervention efforts has worked in Chicago and shown promising early signs in Baltimore. But plans to expand Strategic Decision Support Centers ...

CNN

Scottie Andrew

5 July 2020

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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The CAHOOTS crisis-response program saves its city money and its people living on the streets a great deal of unwanted police contact – contact that in other places is a common cause of excessive force and arrests tha...

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