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Safer at sea: The unexpected benefit of traceability for small-scale fishers

Mongabay

Multi-Media / 1500-3000 Words

Efforts to reduce illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing also make fishermen safer at sea. Vessel Monitoring Mechanisms (VMM) and electronic catch documentation (eCDT) track the origin of fish headed to market, part of an international effort to ensure sustainable and equitable practi...

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Turning Paris's underground car parks into mushrooms farms

BBC

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Mushroom farms are popping up in underground parking lots in Paris. The city, facing a surplus of lots as car ownership declines, has been holding competitions to find creative, new purposes for them. Urban farmers, Cycloponics, won one of these competitions and now operates three of these mushro...

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Why This Group Handles Grief By Boxing

Side Effects Public Media

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Overdose Lifeline is an organization in Indianapolis, Indiana that is using boxing classes as support groups for those struggling with grief. After noticing a pattern of anger in those the organization aimed to help, the group started "grief boxing" as a way to help work through those feelings.

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This Wyoming Greenhouse is a Place for Employees with Disabilities to Grow

Bitterroot

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A company called Vertical Harvest in Jackson, Wyoming employs people with developmental and physical disabilities to work in their 3-story greenhouse to address the exclusion of people with disabilities in the labor pool. Vertical Harvest, which offers positions growing and handling local produce...

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The Three Keys to a Thriving Rural Economy

Bitterroot

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As the Mountain West transitions away from mining and other industrial economic drivers, rural cities find their way into successful economies by relying on local entrepreneurial spirit and the surrounding landscape. Businesses like SmartLam in rural Montana rely on local resources - in SmartLam'...

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Philly Sets New Gold Standard for Domestic Worker Protections

Next City

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Giving domestic workers a seat at the table elevates their voices and provides them with access to protections enshrined in labor laws. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the passage of the Philadelphia Domestic Workers Bill of Rights extends worker protections to those previously left out of traditi...

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The Doctor Will Skype You Now: Virtual Checkups Reach Bangladesh's Isolated Islands

NPR

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Free, remote medical consultations are increasing healthcare access for the inhabitants of Bangladesh’s char islands. Using boats, laptops, and video conference software, local NGOs are bringing health services to char residents. One group, thesteps.org, provides residents with a telemedicine ser...

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Hartford first city to aid former inmates with Lyft rides

Associated Press

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Hartford, Connecticut, in partnership with Lyft and the criminal justice reform group, #cut50, is providing transportation credits to formerly incarcerated individuals. The effort aims to help individuals reentering their communities with a way of getting to places like job interviews and doctors...

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To Confront Effects of Trauma, Start with Self Care

Yes! Magazine

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Building resilience and self-care into daily life promotes long-term wellbeing. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Catalyst Initiative works to support the emotional and mental wellbeing of underserved groups by promoting culturally relevant approaches to self-care. Catalyst funds organizations that ...

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A novel idea for California: requiring students to fill out financial aid forms

EdSource

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Val Verde Unified School District in California requires high school students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Though advocates have documented significant positive culture changes, researchers say the impact of such requirements on college enrollemnt rates remains uncert...

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Could a Tax Credit Reduce the Impacts of Philly Students' Debt?

Next City

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Leaders in Philadelphia are considering offering a $7,500 tax credit to college graduates who owe $35,000 or more. The city hopes that the program will help retain more talent and chip away at Pennsylvania's high levels of student debt.

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In Detroit, A New Type of Agricultural Neighborhood Has Emerged

Yes! Magazine

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Whereas urban farms provide supplemental nutrition, agricultural neighborhoods make farming one of their central features. In Detroit, Michigan, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) has grown from a local community garden into a nationally recognized agricultural neighborhood that has fue...

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