How water is helping to end 'the first climate change war'
18 December 2019
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Cooperation and collective action work not only to mitigate the effects of climate change, they can also build bridges to peace. In El Fasher, Sudan, farmers and pastoralists along the Wadi El Ku River have come together to prevent water shortages by building weirs. The community built weirs enable the land to retain more water, and have led to increased cooperation among groups that had former resorted to conflict over scarce water resources in the region.
Can 'deliberative polling' solve political polarization?
13 October 2019
Broadcast TV Programs / 3-5 Minutes
While many politicians use political polarization to their advantage, communities across the world are finding that talking through the divide can actually have an impact on how someone votes. Polls conducted before and after community dialogue sessions show that perspectives of many of those participating changed, and in Ireland, many think this strategy is what resulted in the legalization of abortion.
The Courtroom of the Future Looks a Lot Like This Navajo Tradition
10 September 2019
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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, and adversaries to participate in moderated, peacebuilding discussions. Seeing over 100 cases each year, the program has decreased recidivism rates and spread to other cities in New York.
Fleeing Bombs to Battle Cancer
U.S. News & World Report
5 September 2019
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The King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan and the Children's Cancer Center of Lebanon were both established in order to help children from all different regions battle cancer, but since war broke out, they have been helping many more patients. In order to keep up with demand, the centers expanded and launched fundraising campaigns, which allowed the centers to continue to see a significant increase in survival ratings amongst patients.
Is it time for a radical new approach to fighting global warming?
Global Ground Media
25 June 2019
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Geoengineering, a term used to cover a broad range of large-scale, drastic measures to combat climate change, has the science and policy communities divided. These measures are currently being explored across the world, and while they could work as a response to climate change, many cite them as temporary band-aids that will only delay the effects of global warming. Many cite the need to understand the complexity of the issue and, rather than bandaging the issue, take a comprehensive, structural approach.
University of Alabama study may be key to winning war on drugs
Andrew J. Yawn
The Montgomery Advertiser
21 June 2019
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The United States has continuously put resources towards fighting the war on drugs, but a recent research collaborative that resulted in a comprehensive model has shown that there is a lot to be learned from the failures of these efforts. Although still in the early stages, the model is being turned into a virtual lab that will serve to test newer strategies to determine realistically adoptable solutions.