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Deseret News

Annie Knox

2 February 2019

Nephi, Utah, United States

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In 2016, the state of Utah took control over the funding model for individual county's legal defenders in order to better use resources. Thanks to the restructuring, in just a year, counties have seen noticeable incre...

Ensia

Dave Levitan

2 January 2019

United States

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Climate change is proving to have a significant impact on more than just the weather. From an influx of diseases due to more natural disasters to extreme heat, climate change is taking a toll on the health of many wor...

ProPublica

Molly Parker

Patrick Johnson

21 December 2018

Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

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Consultants have helped public housing pass safety and health inspections by covering up serious issues with temporary walls and cosmetic fixes. “The biggest reason why most properties don’t pass,” says one consultant...

Ensia

Nithin Coca

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6 December 2018

Japan

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Nishiawakura, a village in Japan, was once the site of complete forest devastation due to the need for timber during and after World War II. Through trial and error, the country has learned what does and doesn't work ...

Sojourners

Christina Colón

3 December 2018

Annapolis, Maryland, United States

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With climate change no longer a hypothetical situation but a very tangible problem being felt by many across the globe, grassroots efforts are gaining traction as the search for solutions intensifies. Citing a moral o...

CityLab

Leslie Nemo

28 November 2018

Florida, United States

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The Red Tide that hit the coast of Florida in 2018 resulted in a massive amount of waste and dead sea species washing ashore. With no protocol in place to clean up the toxic mess, counties had to learn while doing. Fr...

Yes! Magazine

Chris Winters

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27 November 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Traditionally, private foundations have been required to give away only 5% of their wealth each year. Beyond that, the majority of funds have typically been invested in Wall Street funds, sometimes funds that fundamen...

Wall Street Journal

Zusha Elinson

24 November 2018

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Cahoots, or Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets, is a non-profit group that responds to mental health emergency calls instead of police in Eugene, Oregon. The group is cheaper than sending first responders, b...

Politico

Tanya Snider

20 November 2018

New Orleans, United States

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After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' public transportation system had to be rebuilt, but poor planning and the nature of transportation investments means that the new transit system still doesn't work for those who n...

The New York Times

Crystal Kolden

16 November 2018

Netherlands

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Wildfires are destroying lives and lands throughout the West Coast of the United States. While human negligence coupled with climate change have been blamed, communities in the Netherlands provide a sharp contrast to ...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

14 November 2018

California, United States

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Wildfires are inevitable, especially as forests become drier due to climate change, but it is possible to design the built environment so that fires don’t destroy as much property or as many lives. Architects now can ...

A Beautiful Perspective

Tovin Lapan

13 November 2018

United Kingdom

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Scientists are using llama antibodies to try and cure the flu. Because llama antibodies are much smaller than humans', they can embed more deeply in a virus and have a greater chance of beating it. Scientists develope...

Daily Nation

Aggrey Omboki

13 November 2018

Kenya

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Medical innovations in maternal and child health could save thousands of lives in Africa if more governments adopted them. A Kenyan doctor with an international nonprofit that works to transform global health through ...

The New York Times

Brad Plumer

12 November 2018

White Plains, New York, United States

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Electric cars have already made their entrance into American society, but now school buses are also joining the ranks of energy efficient vehicles. From New York to California, school systems are actively finding ways...

OPB

Courtney Flatt

9 November 2018

Washington, United States

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U.S. Highway 97 is one of the highest travelled roads through Washington, but it is also one of the most dangerous due to wildlife crossings. Taking note of successful initiatives in other states and countries, Washin...

Los Angeles Times

Doug Smith

2 November 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, three young creatives tried to bring a renewal to the public art building the Triforium, aiming to “signal the flickering of a new movement.” They were met with limited success, in the form of a grant ...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

1 November 2018

Palo Alto, California, United States

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Households across the United States are using (and paying) for energy that they're not actively consuming. A new invention that connects to an app helps identify the how much energy is being expended by various applia...

The New York Times

Sam Roberts

1 November 2018

New York, New York, United States

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A deadly subway crash in New York in 1918 killed an estimated 100 people and prompted major changes in public transportation because the crash was so preventable. Thanks to lessons from the tragedy, subways banned woo...

Bright Magazine

Kathlyn Pattillo

30 October 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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In the past decade, Nairobi has established a name for itself in the world of education innovation - entrepreneurial private school models, a growing edtech ecosystem, and reforms in public education have drawn attent...

New Vision

Jacky Achan

28 October 2018

Uganda

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Uganda’s education ministry requires all schools to have incinerators to burn used sanitary pads. Lack of funding limits schools’ ability to comply. Even when incinerators exist, girls don’t necessarily use them. Educ...

Appleton Post-Crescent

Jen Zettel

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25 October 2018

Wisconsin, United States

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The murder of a woman in Wisconsin highlights a lethality assessment tool for law enforcement to use that’s designed to help domestic victims and authorities understand how much danger victims might be in and help pol...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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23 October 2018

United States

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Short-term volunteering trips, especially those that involve working directly with vulnerable children, can do more harm than good. Instead, volunteers should look for opportunities to support staff and primary caregi...

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Jordan Rosenfield

23 October 2018

Wyoming, United States

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A government task force called by Wyoming governor Matt Mead helped lower the number of hospital patients in the state. They overhauled an involuntary commitment regulation so that the state wasn't overspending and co...

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Tom Banse

21 October 2018

Oregon, United States

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The prospect of mass wild land devastation sparred by both wildfires and logging was enough motivation for people on each side of the debate to sit down and figure out a solution. What came of that conversation was th...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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16 October 2018

San Jose, Costa Rica

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Casa Viva is an organization in Latin America that prioritizes family reunification over adoption. They have placed about 640 children with foster families, “60 percent of those went back to their biological family o...

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