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Preservation and protection of the natural environment. These stories relate to the conservation of land, water, and air environments, as well as the ethical treatment of animals and management of pollution, natural resources, and biodiversity.

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Planting crops — and carbon, too

The Washington Post

Multi-Media / 1500-3000 Words

Maryland farmer Trey Hill became the first seller in a tech startup’s carbon marketplace, paying him $115,000 for initiating regenerative farming practices. By introducing cover crops, he has been able to sequester about 8,000 tons of carbon in the soil, which then buyers can purchase the credits...

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French Polynesia's pearl farmers combat climate change with sustainable practices

Public Radio International (PRI)

Multi-Media / 5-15 Minutes

A rapidly changing climate is shaking up how French Polynesian pearl farmers are doing business. Kamoka Pearl Farm is incorporating more sustainable practices like using its own oysters to create the nuclei that form pearls and using fish to organically clean the oysters instead of power washing ...

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A Florida Study Showed How to Save Energy at Home. Why Aren't More Cities and States Following Suit?

Next City

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A pilot energy retrofit project in Florida has shown that these upgrades for homeowners ultimately saves them money and energy, and can be made accessible to people from all types of socioeconomic backgrounds. This private-public partnership retrofitted 56 single-family homes, some with “shallow”...

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Simple change to fishing gear saves thousands of birds in Namibia

The Guardian

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Tens of thousands of vulnerable bird species have been saved over the last decade thanks to new equipment that has been installed by Namibian fishing boats. By fitting colorful hosepipe to lines towed behind boats, a study has shown that birds are scared away and don’t end up getting tangled in t...

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Electric car batteries with five-minute charging times produced

The Guardian

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Batteries that can be fully charged in five minutes have been created for the first time, allowing electric cars to recharge faster. The Israeli company StoreDot produced 1,000 of these new lithium-ion batteries, which can be recharged for 1,000 cycles while retaining 80 percent of the original c...

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Reasons to be Cheerful

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Christchurch’s city council decided to publicly reward people who correctly sorted their recycling by placing a large gold star sticker on their recycling bin. Rather than penalizing people who don’t sort their recyclables, the public acknowledgement of behavior that helps the environment has had...

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