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A Lesson for the Toy Industry's Future: Sharing

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Millennials are having less children and caring more about environmental impact, so the toy industry is now experimenting with a newly popular "toy subscription" service. Rather than accumulating mass quantities of plastic, children can now receive monthly boxes filled with toys that are designed...

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This Charcoal-Coated Seed Could Bring Kenya's Forests Back to Life

The Slowdown

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To combat the rapidly decreasing forest density in Kenya, an organization created "seedballs," or seeds from trees coated in charcoal and other nutrients that help the seeds survive long enough to germinate. The organization created a competition for schoolchildren to scatter the seeds using slin...

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The Courtroom of the Future Looks a Lot Like This Navajo Tradition

NationSwell

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Brooklyn’s Red Hook Peacemaking Program, part of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, is bringing together individuals in conflict to practice restorative justice. The program accepts cases coming through various courts, schools, and personal references, and brings together families, friends, a...

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A Greener Afterlife

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Philadelphia’s West Laurel Hill Cemetery has gone green. While the burial business may be notoriously filled with chemicals, this cemetery has introduced 50 different sustainability initiatives, including banning machinery use, only allowing biodegradable caskets – or no caskets at all – and keep...

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Three Dogs Are Rebuilding Chilean Forests Once Devastated By Fire

Green Matters

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In the wake of over 100 forest fires in Maule, Chile, hundreds of burned acres of forest are being replanted by three Border Collies named Das, Olivia, and Summer and an organization called Pewos. The dogs bound through miles of terrain with special backpacks that release native seeds to regrow t...

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These Brilliant Nets Don't Just Glow in the Dark — They're Saving Sea Turtles' Lives

NationSwell

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Fishermen are attaching LED lights to the gillnets they use to trap fish to ward off unintended captures like turtles, dolphins, and sea lions. The lights warn the wildlife that something is there so they don’t get caught and has led to global decreases, as much as 60%, in the amount of sea turtl...

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How A Prenatal 'Bootcamp' For New Dads Helps The Whole Family

NPR

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Some health care providers across the U.S. have started to offer single-sex prenatal classes for men that are tailored to the needs and questions of new dads: "While a new mother's role in modern society is often directed by her baby's needs to breastfeed, cuddle and sleep; a new father's role is...

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How Penn State Is Cutting Greenhouse Emissions In Half — And Saving Money

NPR

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Enrolling administrators and financial planners in sustainable projects takes proving that investments pay for themselves. With the help of pressure from students and faculty, Penn State Universities administrators have adopted a long-term strategy to reduce the university’s carbon footprint and ...

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Humans are damaging the fragile Galapagos ecosystem. Maybe coffee can help save it.

Public Radio International (PRI)

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Scalesia, is a species of tree native to the Galapagos Islands that is quickly disappearing thanks to human activity. With much of the island's wildlife dependent on this tree, the ecosystem is threatened with the tree's extinction. Conservationists have taken action, however, by planting thousan...

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5 Decades Later, New Communities Land Trust Still Helps Black Farmers

NPR

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The New Communities Land Trust was created in the 1960s as a way to build power and equity for and among African Americans in Georgia. The Trust works with Black farmers on many different levels, including helping them strengthen their farming practices and businesses. While the Trust was lost in...

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After Hurricane Dorian, The 'Wikipedia Of Maps' Came To The Rescue

NPR

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Humanitarian, crowdsourced street mapping has become a crucial part of disaster relief efforts. Initiatives like MIssing Maps and OpenStreetMaps call on volunteer cartographers – professional or not – to fill in maps and data gaps so that emergency humanitarian efforts can help as many people as ...

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A New Deal for Turkey's Homeless Dogs

The New York Times

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Thanks to increased awareness and public pressure, Turkey has shifted from culling street animals to catching, neutering, and vaccinating them. Following social media campaigns and the work of activists, Turkey's government has changed its policies. Today, instead of being poisoned, street dogs a...

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