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CityLab

Simone D'Antonio

23 August 2017

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Ljubljana was once a highly crowded city but since the election of its mayor, the city has become far more green due to a clear strategic plan and efficient mayoral office. The largest impact change was making the dow...

News Deeply

Paul Tullis

10 August 2017

Canada

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Right whales are highly endangered and far too many were killed by ship strikes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. With the help of the International Marine Organization, mitigation measures have been taken, such as to prev...

CityLab

Linda Poon

9 August 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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It is currently estimated that there are 2 million rats in New York City. With numbers that high, cities including Washington, D.C. and Chicago along with New York City have teams employed solely to control the rat po...

CityLab

Gracie McKenzie

8 August 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The forms required to receive social services can be long and difficult to navigate, despite their essential nature for many people in need. In D.C., a new team meant to coordinate innovation across agencies gathered ...

News Deeply

Erica Cirino

7 August 2017

Cape Porpoise, Maine, United States

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When global oil prices drop, so do incentives to recycle plastic materials, and even more plastic debris and trash ends up collecting in our oceans and ecosystem. An alternative solution in the form of "up-cycling" is...

News Deeply

Matthew O. Berger

31 July 2017

Half Moon Bay, California, United States

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There's a robot revolution happening in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it's all in the name of mapping our oceans. This boom of technological innovation is helping bring lower-cost tools to both researchers and citiz...

KCPT

Tammy Worth

31 July 2017

Kansas City, Kansas, United States

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A group of Kansas City parents were frustrated with the local public and charter school offerings and sent out an RFP seeking potential partners and funders for a new type of school. The group ultimately decided to wo...

Open: Housing

Amanda Waldroupe

31 July 2017

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Portland, like cities across the U.S., is grappling with an increasing homeless population. The Village Coalition is a collaboration between homelessness advocacy organizations and other city institutions embracing th...

The New York Times

Catherine Saint Louis

30 July 2017

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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From New York to Ohio to California, librarians have teamed up with the USDA summer food service program, along with other non-profits, to feed kids dependent on free/reduced-price lunches during the school year. Usin...

NHPR

Ben Henry

27 July 2017

Dover, New Hampshire, United States

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While farmers’ markets popularity has increased in the last decade, the higher prices mitigate equal access to such provisions -- and, by extension, the health benefits. As a result, non-profits and farmers' markets a...

Richland Source

Emily Dech

26 July 2017

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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The ProMedica Toledo Hospital increases access to healthy food for low-income families through a novel kind of pharmacy. Patients receive free produce, recipes, and guidance from a dietician on how to treat and preven...

News Deeply

Gloria Dickie

21 July 2017

Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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Although many know the name of the Titanic, not many are necessarily aware of what happened in the aftermath of the devastating crash. To mitigate against another ship hitting an iceberg, the International Ice Patrol ...

The Guardian

Fiona Harvey

20 July 2017

Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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Climate change is a mounting threat to coral reefs, which serve not just as critical habitats for ocean life and a draw for the tourism industry, but also as a buffer to the increasing storms caused by changing weathe...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Larry Platt

18 July 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Rare are the days of cordiality towards opposing party politicians within American government. Specifically, a shift has occurred in which politicians no longer know each other, which can have detrimental effects on g...

The American Prospect

David Dayen

17 July 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Los Angeles has faced deepening issues of severe traffic and extreme smog pollution in the past several decades, but for years intentions and promises to broadly improve transportation have fallen flat. At long last, ...

NPR

Lauren Silverman

13 July 2017

Dallas, Texas, United States

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The concept of peer-to-peer support has been leveraged by organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous for decades; but for perhaps the first time, health care systems are leveraging this method to help treat patients with...

Grist

Elizabeth McGowan

11 July 2017

Tonawanda, New York, United States

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When the coal-powered Huntley Generating Station began to shut down, the livelihood of the local community in Tonawanda was greatly threatened; numerous jobs were at stake and looming impacts on the town's largest tax...

Next City

Josh Cohen

10 July 2017

Macon, Georgia, United States

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A bike share system as well as a pop-up experiment that added eight miles of temporary bike lanes in Macon, Georgia more than doubled the number of people riding bikes on the streets every day. It also showed county o...

The Boston Globe

Matt Rocheleau

9 July 2017

Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States

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Historically, the numerous nonprofits, charities, and public agencies seeking to address issues such as homelessness, addiction, and hunger have been stuck operating in their own silos, creating more of a reactive rat...

Citiscope

Simone D'Antonio

30 June 2017

Oberhausen, Germany

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Oberhausen is long past its heyday and its railway station exemplifies this, its run down and filled with empty spaces. However, now the space is being developed into a cultural area as well as one for art and innovat...

KCTS9

Matt Mills McKnight

28 June 2017

Olympia, Washington, United States

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The economic growth along the West coast has been huge, but the population increase has also increased housing costs, pushing thousands onto the streets. In response, the non-profit Panza has developed a novel approac...

CityLab

Liz Wolfe

28 June 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Mitigating homelessness on Los Angeles' infamous "Skid Row" comprises myriad obstacles. But a collaboration between city officials, a USC architecture class project, and the Skid Row Housing Trust has responded with a...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Larry Platt

26 June 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania's attorney general may sound more like a defense attorney as he lays out plans to focus more resources on helping people returning from incarceration integrate into society. But Josh Shapiro insists his a...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Jacopo Pasotti

25 June 2017

Tampolove, Madagascar

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Adapting to climate change in coastal areas means adjusting local fishing and cultivation practices. Residents of Velondriake, a locally managed marine area in southern Madagascar, have introduced seaweed and algae fa...

Le Soir

Elodie Blogie

24 June 2017

Brussels, Belgium

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Based off the Dutch initiative IMC Weekendschool, TADA is a program in Brussels, Belgium that helps younger kids from disadvantaged neighborhoods learn about different career paths. The weekend workshops expose childr...

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