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SFGate

Amy Graff

5 January 2021

Ukiah, California, United States

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When a hospital refrigerator that was housing 850 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine stopped working, local health officials in Mendocino County, California worked together to quickly devise a distribution plan. Through st...

Santa Cruz Local

Stephen Baxter

21 December 2020

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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The number of prescribed burn associations in California is on the rise, advocating for more controlled fires that could prevent larger wildfires. There are at least 13 in the Golden State with the latest being the Ce...

Ensia

Debora MacKenzie

8 December 2020

China

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Public health experts are strategizing for how to combat the next pandemic by learning from what failed to prevent the most recent coronavirus pandemic. From increasing surveillance of viruses to using diagnostic tech...

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Marianne Dhenin

6 November 2020

Ashland, Oregon, United States

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A 20-year project by the nonprofit Lomakatsi Restoration Project to restore native plants helped to spare Ashland, Ore., from the worst destruction of a wildfire. Along the Bear Creek greenway in Ashland, the restorat...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

5 November 2020

Shaver Lake, California, United States

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A collaboration between former adversaries over forest management and preservation in the Sierra National Forest led to a $9 million investment into making 154,000 acres healthier, and able to withstand destruction in...

Wall Street Journal

Ted Alcorn

3 November 2020

Sweden

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Satellite-based forest monitoring, paired with other sophisticated measures of a forest's health, is transforming the speed, precision, and economics of finding and eradicating infestations and pinpointing acreage whe...

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Erica Gies

Dhritiman Mukherjee

30 October 2020

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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The city of Chennai in India is engaging in wetlands restoration and stormwater management by using traditional knowledge and community action to reduce flooding and ensure that people have access to drinking water. T...

The New Republic

Julia Thomas

29 October 2020

Oregon, United States

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Rule changes in counties impacted by wildfires have made it easier for displaced residents to vote in the 2020 presidential election by using their temporary residence, shelter, a P.O. box, or their county election of...

Bitterroot

Jake Bullinger

23 October 2020

Colville, Washington, United States

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A collective of timber companies, conservationists, and forestry professionals has made the adjacent national forest more resilient to wildfires by focusing on small-diameter trees while preserving old growth. In 2019...

The Current

Marie Elizabeth Oliver

21 October 2020

Louisiana, United States

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In Louisiana, where many communities face barriers to health care access, the implementation of a 211 hotline during the coronavirus pandemic has helped residents access the information they need to make informed deci...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

Bradly J. Boner

21 October 2020

Rogers Pass, British Columbia, Canada

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Terrain closures, avalanche education, and parking management are some of the topics that Canada’s ski permit system tackles. This government-regulated permit system has resulted in zero skier-triggered slides on Roge...

Sierra Club

Colleen Hagerty

19 October 2020

California, United States

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Prescribed burns are fires set intentionally to reduce the fuel that can make wildfires so large and damaging. Despite the science favoring this approach for healthy ecosystems and fire prevention, government use of t...

IowaWatch

Lyle Muller

16 October 2020

Osceola, Iowa, United States

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Small hospitals in rural regions in America have quickly had to learn how to cope with the influx of COVID-19 cases during the pandemic. While many lessons have been learned, in Iowa, hospital personnel have seen succ...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

Bradly J. Boner

14 October 2020

Rogers Pass, British Columbia, Canada

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Snowsheds are just one tool in Canada’s arsenal to combat the impacts avalanches can have on their complex road systems. Snowsheds are aboveground tunnels where snow can travel over it and into the river, thereby redu...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

Bradly J. Boner

7 October 2020

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, United States

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A failed bridge construction project in the 1960s in Wyoming to mitigate the impacts of avalanches inspired Washington state to complete a similar project fifty years later. The project included an elevated bridge tha...

Texas Observer

Kimberly Meyer

5 October 2020

Texas, United States

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What started as an informal support group in Texas for undocumented workers who had been injured while working, has morphed into a mutual aid organization that helps connect immigrants and those who are uninsured with...

Wall Street Journal

Richard Schiffman

30 September 2020

United States

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The absence of an active "fire culture" in the American West has contributed greatly to the scale of catastrophic wildfires fueled by decades of aggressive fire-suppression tactics. In Florida, Australia, and pockets ...

Future Human

Kate Wheeling

30 September 2020

California, United States

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Fire Forward trains Californians to conduct controlled burns, setting fires to make future wildfires less destructive. With state and federal resources skewed heavily toward suppression of wildfires, the prevention-mi...

Bloomberg

Lauren Millan Lombraña

29 September 2020

Portugal

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Led by Portugal and Spain, European nations have shifted their responses to wildfires from a heavy emphasis on suppression to a more prevention-based approach. Climate change has increased fire risk greatly. By lettin...

The Financial Times

Richard Milne

23 September 2020

Finland

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Finland has been able to keep their COVID-19 infection rate and death toll much lower than other countries by "shutting down rapidly" and relying on a law on preparedness that was devised after the Winter War in 1939-...

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...

The Narwhal

Kelly Boutsalis

20 September 2020

Canada

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A 3-year pilot is developing a traditional fire management program for First Nation communities using cultural burns, a practice banned for over a century. Cultural burns are used to reinvigorate the landscape so that...

Stateline

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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....

Eugene Weekly

Taylor Griggs

Henry Houston

18 September 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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As smoke from local wildfires created an unhealthy outdoor environment, cities in Oregon looked to expand temporary housing options for those experiencing homelessness. While not all have been successful, the Portland...

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...

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