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In France, School Lessons Ask: Which Twitter Post Should You Trust?

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France is at the forefront of efforts to integrate internet literacy into standard primary and secondary course requirements. By partnering with journalists and educators, the French government is working to stop the spread of misinformation by teaching students how to identify misleading tweets,...

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Learning from the past: Japan’s tree-planting efforts provide lessons for other countries

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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 when it comes to reforestation efforts. Now, their lessons are acting as a model...

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Teaching Children Regardless of Grade

The New York Times

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In many countries, a lack of teachers leads to a common challenge - one teacher instructs students at multiple grade levels all at once. In the rural Rishi Valley region of India, instructors are straying from the traditional lecturing pedagogy to embrace a new "multigrade multilevel" learning ph...

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This impoverished region is a hub for the cheetah trade. Now it's fighting back.

National Geographic

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Cheetah cubs are routinely smuggled through Somaliland on their way to being illegally trafficked in United Arab Emirates or Saudi Arabia. Although small and resource-deprived, Somaliland is taking a stand against this practice through increased regulations and punishments.

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How to make a carbon tax popular? Give the proceeds to the people

The Guardian

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After decades of forest devastation coupled with harsh winters, Canada was facing an uncertain future as climate change realities came into focus. To mitigate the damage, the country's government made the decisive move of implementing a carbon tax that not only taxed fossil fuel emissions, but in...

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From Grassroots to Government: A Climate Assessment Presents a Moral Opportunity

Sojourners

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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 obligation, these grassroots organizations aim to inspire political action while ...

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Guild Education’s twist on college is working for cashiers, sales clerks and others who abandoned the idea of a college degree

The Colorado Sun

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By partnering with employers in the service industry and Silicon Valley investors, Guild Education, an innovative Denver, Colorado-based startup, helps adults in service-level jobs attend college at a significantly discounted rate. Some think this arrangement could soon "become as ubiquitous as 4...

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Meet Greece's Marine Trash Collectors Diving To Keep Their Sea Beautiful

NPR

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Greece is not known favorably for their recycling habits, but a few local residents have made it their mission to change this in order to reduce ocean litter. From turning plastics into furniture to forming a diving coalition to remove plastic waste from the sea, these Greeks are hoping their act...

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Solar Mini-Grids Give Nigeria a Power Boost

The New York Times

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Over half of Nigeria's population lacks reliable access to electricity, but solar energy is slowly changing this. Mini-grids are gaining popularity in these rural areas thanks to the technology's capability to provide affordable electricity while also reducing harmful emissions.

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Artist Installs Bells Throughout Oakland that Detect Air Pollution

Hyperallergic

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Installed throughout Oakland, Rosten Woo’s sculptures consist of bells that chime at quicker frequency the more particulate is present in the air. Through this means, Woo make air quality data visible and pushes for environmental justice.

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What Burkina Faso can teach us about scaling up early childhood programs

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A pilot of a cash transfer program in rural Burkina Faso not only produced valuable research but, by involving government officials from the get-go, developed local expertise that was invaluable for the later launch of a national program. "The major challenge for scaling in early childhood is imp...

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Teacher leaders improve learning, attract teachers to underserved districts

The Hechinger Report

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A school district in North Carolina is at the cutting edge of a new teaching model - to multiply the impact of the most effective teachers and draw them to underserved districts, schools are paying these teachers more to coach their colleagues in addition to continuing to teach their own classroo...

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