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Making Contact

Bobbi Murray

6 November 2019

Fresno, California, United States

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The Central Valley of California has an air pollution problem, so community groups are joining forces under the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition to work together towards change. Although progress is slow, the grou...

Los Angeles Times

Julia Rosen

5 November 2019

Broadback, Quebec, Canada

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In Northern Quebec, scientists, government officials and researchers have seen the positive environmental effects that stem from giving indigenous groups their land rights back. Because many of these indigenous commun...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

25 October 2019

London, United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom has started cracking down on high-emission vehicle drivers by creating restricted zones that fine drivers of cars that emit a designated amount of pollution into the air; the carbon emissions in thi...

Mongabay

JoAnna Haugen

10 October 2019

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States

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Natural Habitat Adventures, a tour company, has run the first no-waste, week-long trip through Yellowstone. With ecotourism producing millions of pounds of waste per year, the group wanted to demonstrate that doing so...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

7 October 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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In order to cut back on automotive emissions and traffic within the city center, Amsterdam has introduced road-dividing "cuts" - called "knips" in Dutch - along major roadways to make travel in the city center easier ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

11 September 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia’s West Laurel Hill Cemetery has gone green. While the burial business may be notoriously filled with chemicals, this cemetery has introduced 50 different sustainability initiatives, including banning mach...

Global Ground Media

Viola Gaskell

30 August 2019

Beijing, China

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Air pollution plagues much of Asia, but a handful of countries are putting energy and resources towards lessening the rising health concerns that come from breathing unclean air. From leveraging technology to create c...

The Daily Climate

Laurie Mazur

29 August 2019

Missoula, Montana, United States

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Adapting to climate change takes planning and partnerships. In Missoula, Montana, partnerships with nonprofits like Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) and Climate Smart Missoula reinforce the city’s climate planning. TEX c...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

28 August 2019

Logan, Utah, United States

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VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are a type of pollutant that can be found even in homes and small businesses, but across Utah, small businesses are finding creative ways to reduce their emissions. A mix of mandat...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

27 August 2019

Herriman, Utah, United States

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In a collaborative effort between developers, power companies, and the government, a new apartment complex in Utah will be almost entirely powered by solar energy. The complex, developed by Wasatch Premier Communities...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

26 August 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Across Salt Lake City, Utah, housing developers are building more net zero energy homes. Facing air quality issues, the state has yet to set more energy efficient codes for new homes, which means the kind of homes bei...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Daniel J McGraw

24 August 2019

Euclid, Ohio, United States

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For years, much of the coastline along the Great Lakes has been privately owned. In an effort to stabilize cliff erosion off the coast of Lake Erie, the city of Euclid, Ohio, worked with property owners to acquire tho...

Vox

Sigal Samuel

18 August 2019

Bangladesh

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As countries look to new ways to best conserve rivers, several are testing out a methodology of giving human rights to the bodies of water. Although not without challenges, this solution offers a way for those harming...

High Country News

Anna V. Smith

16 August 2019

Umpqua National Forest, Oregon, United States

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After decades of failed legislation, over 17,000 acres of public land was finally restored to the Umpqua Tribe with the passage of the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act. The land was a constant source of tension betw...

KPHO-TV

Kristine Harrington

16 August 2019

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Because of a collaborative effort between a high school cross country team and Chispa, an environmental advocacy group, Arizona’s Phoenix Union High School District has bought its first electric school bus. While near...

Reasons to be Cheerful

David Byrne

14 August 2019

Melbourne, Australia

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When Melbourne, Australia came close to running out of water in 2008, the water utility conducted a behavioral study to launch an effective communications campaign aimed at reducing water usage among city residents. A...

Houston Chronicle

Perla Trevizo

14 August 2019

Sargent, Texas, United States

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To protect the natural lands of the Texas coast and battle climate change, a new nonprofit is working to create a carbon dioxide storage program in partnership with private landowners. The innovative models give lando...

The Colorado Sun

Amanda K. Clark

12 August 2019

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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A garden at Boulder, Colorado’s Museum of Natural History is being used to track the effects of smog and educate visitors as well. Called an “ozone garden,” this plot – and other like it around the world – shows resea...

High Country News

Krista Langlois

9 August 2019

Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States

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Scientists in southeast America are trying to rebuild the natural biocrusts that existed centuries ago. The biocrusts, which are concentrations of cyanobacteria, moss, and lichens, are a crucial part of ecosystems in ...

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Johnny Magdaleno

8 August 2019

San Martin, California, United States

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In Santa Clara County, California, the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation program is funding an effort to prevent development and bolster agriculture on local farmland. The County, home to Silicon Valley, pur...

Things That Work Uganda

Noah Omuya

2 August 2019

Bidibidi, Uganda

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The Bidibidi refugee settlement in Uganda, the largest such settlement in the world, is working with a number of agencies including the UNHCR and The Office of the Prime Minister to address environmental issues in the...

The Christian Science Monitor

Thomas Shults

30 July 2019

India

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Wildlife sanctuaries and monitoring technologies are helping to protect endangered species. In India, a decade of policies aimed toward increasing the number of Bengal tigers is proving effective, in some areas leadin...

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Priscilla Totiyapungprasert

29 July 2019

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Grassroots organization can generate change in carbon emissions practices at the community level. In Phoenix, the Chispa nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and social justice, is working to get schools...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Oliver Gordon

4 July 2019

London, England

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In London, two community-driven initiatives are working side by side to engage residents in sustainable practices. Energy Garden, a community energy cooperative, has created green spaces in rail stations offers reside...

Quartz

Akshat Rathi

1 July 2019

Switzerland

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A collaboration between an oil company, a Harvard professor and California lawmakers has resulted in the creation of a large-scale energy plant. While there are still goals yet to be me, this plant is capable of captu...

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