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NationSwell

Joseph Darius Jaafari

29 August 2018

Rockford, Michigan, United States

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Across the United States, communities and local churches are coming together to create farming projects that utilize unused, church-owned land. The farming ventures typically benefit students and families throughout t...

DCist

Rachel Kurzius

27 August 2018

District of Columbia, United States

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After not failing the State of the River report card for the first time in ten years, supporters of the Anacostia River and The Anacostia Watershed Society devised a plan to continue efforts to restore the river to us...

Quartz

Zoë Schlanger

23 August 2018

El Paso, Texas, United States

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As water shortages continue to be on the rise, so are water expenses. El Paso, Texas is more familiar with this than many other cities due to it's serious lack of rainfall and historically rapid consumption of water. ...

Quartz

Zoë Schlanger

22 August 2018

El Paso, Texas, United States

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El Paso, Texas only gets about 10 inches of rainfall per year, which doesn't help the water shortage the city is facing. Faced with no other choice but to seek solutions, the city has already implemented rainwater cat...

BBC

Tom Colls

Harriet Noble

20 August 2018

United Kingdom

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Inventors have come up with energy-efficient refrigeration options. A fridge uses water and ice to protect vaccines in places with irregular access to electricity. An engine that runs on liquid nitrogen reduces fossil...

Time Magazine

Cailey Rizzo

17 August 2018

United States

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By having its drivers eliminate most left turns on their routes UPS has saved millions of gallons of fuel and reduced the output of tons of carbon dioxide. The company put the policy in place in 2004 after its vehicle...

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Jenessa Duncombe

17 August 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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The National Weather Service has been helping firefighting crews better prepare for and fight wildfires. They’ve developed a model called the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh-Smoke (HRRR-Smoke) to show where there’s high...

The Guardian

Ruth Maclean

16 August 2018

Niger

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With climate change altering the realities of farming, small-scale farmers in Niger are doing their part to nurture the growth of local gao trees. As a tree that sheds its leaves in the rainy season and naturally fert...

Ensia

Ron Seely

16 August 2018

Muskegon, Michigan, United States

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The Great Lakes contain 84 percent of the surface freshwater in North America—a staggering 21 percent of the surface freshwater worldwide. To manage the resource sustainably, all eight lake-bordering states, Congress,...

Texas Observer

Naveena Sadasivam

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Daniel Wolfe

16 August 2018

El Paso, Texas, United States

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The Rio Grande River, which provides water to 6 million people and irrigates 2 million acres of farmland, is one of many transnational sources of water imperiled by climate change. Indeed, many states and countries th...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

15 August 2018

Newburgh, New York, United States

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In New York, an intentional form of housing development is keeping affordability in mind. Neighbors for Neighborhoods provides funding for locals to redevelop blighted property from land banks and rent it out as affor...

Yes! Magazine

Jen Marlowe

14 August 2018

Rayne, Louisiana, United States

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When construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline in Louisiana was slated to begin, local citizens formed the L’Eau Est La Vie (“Water Is Life”) camp to establish a course of action to halt the process. Although their ma...

OZY

Justin Higginbottom

14 August 2018

Laos

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Using the example of neighboring Thailand, Laos and Myanmar are encouraging a shift from farming opium to coffee, training farmers for the new crop and helping them exit the drug trade. Hundreds of farmers are current...

Next City

Jared Brey

13 August 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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The San Francisco Bay area is home to a number of crucial wetlands and streams that are quickly being impacted by climate change. For nearly two decades, however, elementary teachers and their students have been playi...

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

13 August 2018

Fresno, California, United States

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Fresno sits in right in the middle of the Central Valley of California. The region is known for its vast agriculture and farming communities, but to locals, it's also known for its horrid air quality. This is especial...

Rappler

Mavic Conde

11 August 2018

Sorsogon City, Philippines

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The use of local and native pollinators can greatly increase farm productivity. In the region of Sosorgon, in the Philippines, farmers who have begun using the local kiwot bees to pollinate coconut farms have noted si...

The Guardian

Killian Fox

10 August 2018

Cloughjordan, Ireland

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Admittedly by no definition perfect, members of Ireland's model eco-village have learned many lessons since the community first came into existence and are vowing to use these lessons to improve. Over the last ten yea...

Rappahannock News

Sara Schonhardt

10 August 2018

Nellysford, Virginia, United States

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In small town Nelson County, several economic development initiatives are working to put the region on the map. By promoting cideries, business owners can source apples from local farmers. Breweries, festivals, and hi...

KLC Journal

Karen Dillon

10 August 2018

Topeka, Kansas, United States

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Western Kansas' finite Ogallala aquifer is the bedrock of an agricultural region that accounts for 10 percent of Kansas' economy. But thanks to decades of over-drafting for irrigation, the aquifer is on track to run d...

U.S. News & World Report

Katelyn Newman

7 August 2018

Dallas, Texas, United States

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In 2016, the Texas Trees Foundation and federal Trust for Public Land partnered to use GIS technology in greening Dallas, Texas, and plant some 1,000 trees to start. Not only does the initiative reduce respiratory pro...

E&E News

Jeremy P. Jacobs

6 August 2018

Oxnard, California, United States

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In California's Ventura County, the Oxnard Plain aquifer is critically over-drafted. Farmers who rely on this water are working to implement a novel, market-based approach to decrease water use: a cap and trade. While...

Ohio Valley ReSource

Nicole Erwin

3 August 2018

Kentucky, United States

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For landowners living in close to proximity to the Mississippi River, this means continuously facing the impacts of unexpected flooding. The Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program offers the farmers on these lands the op...

The Washington Post

Audrey Hoffer

2 August 2018

Broomgrass, West Virginia, United States

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Family farms are facing challenges nationwide amidst a backdrop of land development. A community in West Virginia took a stand by piloting a new way or rural co-habitation in the form of a farm community protected via...

Ensia

Joshua James Parfitt

27 July 2018

Denmark

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Seaweed is a sustainable and nutritious food source, which could be a solution to feeding a growing global population—the tricks getting people to eat it. Several Dutch companies are serving up seaweed in familiar for...

Nation Africa

Leopold Obi

24 July 2018

Kenya

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Rising populations and increasing river-side infrastructure has severely impacted the Mau Forest Complex in Kenya. Home to the Mara River which directly contributes to various community's livelihoods, protecting the w...

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