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A New Generation of Students Is Teaching Us How to Reduce E-Waste

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The company, iFixit, is training college students to repair electronics and then create manuals so that others can do the same. The company has helped students make more than 30,000 guides and reaches 1.5 million users every month. iFixit partners with colleges and universities to with the hopes ...

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Prizes for sobriety: As Washington meth use rises, this treatment is one of few that works

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Rewarding patients for sobriety greatly increases the likelihood for recovery. The approach of contingency management creates new behaviors through incentives instead of punishment. Through the Seattle Department of Veteran’s Affairs, patients in an addiction program who test negative get to draw...

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California to build largest wildlife crossing in world

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A bridge is being designed to cross over U.S. 101 so that wildlife in the region will have a safe way to travel. When development, especially freeways, happens, ecosystems are cut off, leaving animals like wildcats, deer, and snakes, with no way to access their entire habitats. This bridge, funde...

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Police, not counselors, respond when suicidal teens call Safe2Tell for help. Utah may have a better way.

The Colorado Sun

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In 2016, Utah debuted SafeUT, a streamlined crisis center with on-call mental health specialists that students can call or text about potential threats to schools or personal mental health concerns. SafeUT was borne out of a recognition for more preventative and mental health services, and was in...

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Reimagining New York Jails Without Solitary Confinement

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Solitary confinement was once thought of as one of the only effective punishments for violent prison inmates. As more research surfaces showing the severe damage it does to mental health, the racial bias of those placed in solitary, and its relative ineffectiveness, more cities, like New York Cit...

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Incarcerated Women Help Recover Rare Northwest Butterfly Species

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In a collaboration with the Oregon Zoo, the Institute of Applied Ecology, the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Oregon’s Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, women experiencing incarceration are helping save the endangered Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly. Participants learn data gatheri...

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How teen Greta Thunberg shifted world's gaze to climate change

NBC News

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All over the world, more than 2 million children and teens are participating in classroom walkouts in an effort to bring attention to the severity of climate change. Called, Fridays for the Future, leaders of the movement are gaining traction, and have developed a declaration that emphasizes thei...

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'Plastic recycling is a myth': what really happens to your rubbish?

The Guardian

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After decades of recycling plastic, the world is now coming to terms with the waste industry it has created, and seeking more sustainable models. One promising model is material recovery facilities, like England’s Green Recycling, that has invested in an AI sorting machine to help humans more eff...

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South Mountain HS cross-country team pushing for electric school buses

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Because of a collaborative effort between a high school cross country team and Chispa, an environmental advocacy group, Arizona’s Phoenix Union High School District has bought its first electric school bus. While nearly three times more expensive than a regular school bus, the school district con...

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The Biggest Police Department In The US Has A Suicide Crisis. Another Department Thinks They Have An Answer.

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California’s Los Angeles Police Department has built mental health into its force. The department has 16 psychologists on staff, offering free counseling and debrief sessions after traumatic incidents. As the New York Police Department faces an increase in officer suicides, it looks to the LAPD a...

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Inside the innovation lab solving climate financing

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Turning climate solutions into opportunities for investment can help mobilize capital to address climate change. The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (The Lab), part of the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) based in San Francisco, California, promotes public-private partnerships to reduce ...

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The Christian Science Monitor

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