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Arizona Daily Star

Henry Brean

20 September 2020

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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In an experimental garden in Arizona, scientists are seeing how to produce sustainable and local food in a desert environment. They’re growing plants under a photovoltaic “canopy” of solar panels that provide necessar...

Stateline

Sophie Quinton

Alex Brown

18 September 2020

California, United States

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Prescribed burns are considered the best way to contain catastrophic wildfires, and fires sparked by lightning or by Native Americans once burned more land in California than has burned in 2020's record-setting fires....

Yes! Magazine

Ray Levy-Uyeda

17 September 2020

California, United States

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The Fire and Forestry Recruitment Program serves as an intermediary between formerly incarcerated people trained as firefighters and the agencies they seek work from once they have been released from prison. Californi...

Yes! Magazine

Marianne Dhenin

8 September 2020

Beirut, Lebanon

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Volunteer-run organizations are helping those facing food insecurity throughout Beirut by preparing and delivery food on a daily basis. Although the food system in the country remains heavily strained, the grassroots ...

Government Technology (GovTech)

Jed Pressgrove

4 September 2020

Linn, Wisconsin, United States

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A drone program has helped the small town of Linn find missing people, rescue people in medical distress, and find multiple drowning victims in the town's lake. Police now spend less time conducting searches and have ...

ProPublica

Elizabeth Weil

28 August 2020

California, United States

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California’s wildfires historically were contained through periodic but limited burning. But “misguided fire police” over many decades, focused on overzealous fire suppression, has accumulated more dry fuel, resulting...

Sacramento Bee

Dale Kasler

Ryan Sabalow

27 August 2020

California, United States

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After 2017's devastating wildfires, the state of California and businesses committed billions of dollars to thinning forests and other fire-prone areas to contain the spread and intensity of wildfires. But the state's...

Christian Science Monitor

Anne Pinto-Rodrigues

25 August 2020

Thottampatti, Tamil Nadu, India

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The Women’s Collective is a nonprofit that works with more than 10,000 subsistence farmers in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu to promote food security using millets, a crop resilient to drought and climate change. For ...

NPR

Lauren Sommer

24 August 2020

Mariposa, California, United States

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To combat wildfires in California, Native American tribal leaders and government officials are coming together to facilitate “cultural burnings” or controlled burns. Regularly burning the landscape prevents thick, dri...

The National

Olivia Cuthbert

5 August 2020

Beirut, Lebanon

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Within hours of a massive explosion that left 300,000 people homeless, residents in and around Beirut opened their doors to house those impacted by the destruction. Thawramap, which normally identifies locations of pe...

Inkline

Laura Puttkamer

3 August 2020

Mexico City, Mexico

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The people in a neighborhood in Mexico City are coming up with innovative solutions to handle climate-related disasters like flood. They use an early warning system that uses a radio signal and WhatsApp to warn reside...

Next City

Edward Belleville

3 August 2020

Berlin, Germany

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Cities around the world are using apps and interactive platforms to encourage resident volunteers to care for their urban forests. For example, in Berlin, Gieß den Kiez (Water the Neighborhood) is an app that allows u...

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...

Cleveland Jewish News

Stephen Langel

25 June 2020

Ohio, United States

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Ohio philanthropies shifted to a rapid-response model of providing support for the coronavirus. A coalition of 81 philanthropies in Northeast Ohio quickly raised over $8.7 million from more than 2,200 donors and alloc...

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Rina Saeed Khan

28 May 2020

Depalpur, Punjab, Pakistan

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As locust swarms threaten crops in Pakistan, a pilot program offers farmers a way to get rid of the pests without using insecticides that harm the environment, while also earning money. Once farmers trap the locusts a...

Southerly

Antionette Kerr

27 May 2020

North Carolina, United States

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Mobilized to help North Carolina’s second-poorest county recover from two major hurricanes over the past four years, the Robeson County Disaster Recovery Coalition pivoted to provide COVID-19 relief and brace for the ...

KPBS Public Media

Jason Beaubien

27 May 2020

New Zealand

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Taking swift action, quickly banning all incoming visitors, remaining apolitical, articulating a coherent and straightforward plan to follow, and connecting with citizens by being approachable and appealing to their s...

The Arizona Republic

Erin Stone

15 May 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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To combat the effects of rising temperatures due to climate change, Los Angeles piloted an experiment called “cool pavements,” where they coat streets with a light-colored sealant to reflect heat. Researchers are stud...

The Washington Post

Jada Yuan

2 May 2020

New York, New York, United States

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When New York hospitals became overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, the military deployed and staffed a Navy hospital ship and built a military field hospital in a nearby convention center to help with the caseload. Al...

Wired

Megan Molteni

29 April 2020

United States

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Scientists have been mapping microbes in public places for a long time and are now tracking Covid-19 by swabbing subways, park benches, ATMs, and even the air, for traces of genetic material to better understand the v...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Nate Carlisle

27 April 2020

Utah, United States

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To contain coronavirus, Utah has enabled contact tracing that utilizes state employees to make phone calls to those who have potentially been exposed to the virus but many they call do not speak English. To address th...

The New Yorker

Charles Duhigg

26 April 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In responding to the coronavirus outbreak, Washington State stands in direct contrast to New York in how local governments responded. While New York relied on direction from politicians, Washington State looked to pub...

High Country News

Page Buono

24 April 2020

Yurok Reservation, California, United States

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The Indigenous Peoples Burning Network works with a group of other similar networks with the shared goal of promoting prescribed fire in a positive and safe manner that will help local ecosystems and minimize the risk...

Teen Vogue

Megan Janetsky

24 April 2020

Caquetá, Colombia

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In Colombia, the organization Humanity & Inclusion has hired women in local areas like Caquetá to help demine formerly war-torn lands. In areas with violent histories, trust is crucial, thus the hiring of local reside...

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