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National Geographic

Tik Root

2 January 2017

Oakland, California, United States

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At the vanguard of initiatives to increase diversity among visitors to the National Parks are groups like Oakland, CA-based H.E.A.T.—Hiking Every Available Trail -- which uses social media and group park expeditions t...

Ensia

Matt Weiser

20 December 2016

Dover, Delaware, United States

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Dams make for complex and often controversial infrastructure. While hydropower generated from large dam projects is currently providing the bulk of the planet's renewable energy, dams can also cause major environmenta...

Grist

Nathanael Johnson

15 December 2016

San Jose, Costa Rica

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Unlike other countries suffering with an impoverished population, Costa Rica has not destroyed the environment while modernizing its economy. Costa Rica has created a coffee alliance, a collective effort between the g...

Detroit Free Press

Kristen Jordan Shamus

13 December 2016

Peterborough, United Kingdom

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A project launched in the United Kingdom uses social-impact bonds to reduce recidivism among prisoners, bringing together public and private resources to implement more effective and cost efficient social programs. Th...

Keystone Crossroads

Kevin McCorry

13 December 2016

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Part 1 of the "Equity or Bust: Are Ontario's Public Schools a Model for Pennsylvania" Series: Ontario has become widely lauded for its education system, celebrated for both high performance and relatively smaller achi...

Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Lenora Brown

11 December 2016

Maseru, Lesotho

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The approach of giving cash straight to poor people - rather than funneling goods or services indirectly through the slow, diluted, and complex systems of charities or governments - is nothing new, but evidence of lon...

KBUT Community Radio

Chad Reich

9 December 2016

Telluride, Colorado, United States

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Late-night disturbances. Unfamiliar cars. As short-term rentals became common in Telluride, nuisance concerns rose too. In response, the town council passed an ordinance, defining short-term rentals as stays of less t...

E'ville Eye News

Rob Arias

7 December 2016

Oakland, California, United States

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Under increasing pressure to remove the homeless from encampments, the San Francisco bay area has had difficulty addressing the problem of where the homeless can find refuge. Oakland has established Compassionate Comm...

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

5 December 2016

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Civic leaders and other actors met with Pittsburgh residents and housing developers in order to create a policy brief-Equitable Development: The Path to an All-In Pittsburgh. Information is still being accrued, as the...

The Seattle Times

Daniel Gilbert

2 December 2016

Christchurch, New Zealand

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Seattle doesn’t need to experience a major earthquake to predict and prepare for its effects. The comparable city of Christchurch, New Zealand, was hit with a big one in 2011. Buildings collapsed. 185 people died. A k...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

21 November 2016

New York, New York, United States

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With a major political party taking over the presidency, most governorships, Congress, and state legislatures, the minority party can feel powerless. However, there are effective ways to organize protests including us...

Vice

Jacob Kushner

7 November 2016

United States

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Fathom is the world's first-ever cruise line for people who want to vacation and volunteer as a way of helping poor families in the Dominican Republic have concrete floors, water filters etc. However, the impact of th...

MIT Technology Review

Richard Martin

3 October 2016

Texas, United States

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To increase renewable energy from wind, Texas is the site of many wind turbines across wind farms, which not only produce energy but also provide income to farmers who own the land. There are still some problems but b...

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

19 September 2016

Tijuana, Mexico

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The city of Tijuana, situated at the border with the United States, uses an inefficient and expensive transportation system that relies on private drivers. However, with the help of multiple stakeholders, a new public...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 September 2016

Lebanon

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In Lebanon, services for refugees are often misguided and ineffective. To address this issue, the country created a cash-debit card allowance for refugees, providing a more appropriate resource than the typical aid pr...

The Taos News

JR Logan

6 September 2016

Taos, New Mexico, United States

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A tax break for open space may help protect New Mexico’s farm land from development, preserving generations-old tradition and ownership, while maintaining valuable land for a future agricultural resurgence.

Bright Magazine

Kathryn Joyce

6 September 2016

Uganda

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In Uganda, where international adoptions and orphanages are the most present form of child welfare, nonprofits like Reunite, Alternative Care Initiatives-Uganda, and CALM Africa are shifting the country to a welfare m...

Forbes

Devin Thorpe

24 August 2016

United States

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Microsoft and Boys and Girls Clubs of America are partnering to expand access to computer science education. A pilot program in 25 clubs across the country exposed 1,000 kids and teens to the first two levels of a fou...

Billy Penn

Cassie Owens

21 August 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, Black Guns Matter encourages Black Americans to practice the second amendment right to own a gun, while at the simultaneously discouraging altercations with the police. This group provides resources t...

NBC News

Safia Samee Ali

7 August 2016

United States

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As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th Anniversary, employees and rangers are turning their attention towards maximizing diversity and increasing a culture of inclusiveness amongst park visitors and employe...

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Dunbar

4 August 2016

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Testimony from scientists can be crucial for lawmakers, judges, and juries in making critical decisions that impact their communities. The Expert Witness Training Academy program at Mitchell Hamline School of Law pair...

Bloomberg CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

3 August 2016

Paris, France

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France’s cities, including Paris, are among the world’s most expensive to live in. In 2015, France passed rent control laws that restrict outlandish rent increases through the Rent Observatory that oversees the differ...

The Nation

Bridget Huber

28 July 2016

Brazil

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Since the 1970s, obesity rates in Brazil have been increasing proportionally with the amount of "ultra-processed" foods being consumed. Foregoing healthy, locally produced food has not only resulted in a health epidem...

Mountain Town News

Allen Best

25 July 2016

Grand Lake, Colorado, United States

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Micro-hydro projects in the United States have become much more accessible and more financially viable since Congress passed a law in 2013 making it easier for small hydroelectric projects to get federal approval. Spe...

Ya Libnan

Thanassis Cambanis

19 July 2016

Beirut, Lebanon

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Arab governments have expended a lot of energy keeping politics of any stripe out of the public sphere. With a few hundred volunteers and hardly any money, an upstart campaign called Beirut Madinati — “Beirut Is My Ci...

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