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Laurie Mazur

25 May 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Environmental impact bonds (EIBs) are a relatively new form of financing that combine private investment with government funding in a “pay for success” model. They are different than municipal bonds in that they are i...

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Susannah Shmurak

23 May 2018

Clichy-Batignolles, Paris, France

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Setting the bar high for environmental sustainability can encourage innovation and experimentation. Developers of Paris’ new Clichy-Batignolles eco-district are reducing the neighborhood’s carbon footprint in nearly e...

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Virginia Gewin

15 May 2018

United States

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A lack of diversity in the environment and conservation sector has been well calculated, documented and established, but the story doesn't end there. Many groups across the U.S are looking to not just recruit a more ...

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Erica Gies

8 May 2018

United States

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In response to the growing concern about the world's water supply, a movement known in the United States as "One Water" has taken shape and is gathering momentum on a mission to halt floods, droughts and water polluti...

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Anna-Catherine Brigida

24 April 2018

El Salvador

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Across the word, specialized environmental courts are being created to make sure the environment receives justice and protection against human destruction and exploitation. In the face of climate change, 44 countries ...

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Christopher Bobryk

4 April 2018

Italy

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Leafhoppers may sound like a harmless term to the untrained ear, but vineyard owners will quickly disagree. These insects have a history of invading and devastating vineyards across the U.S. and Europe. Entomologists ...

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Lindsey Konkel

2 April 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Patients who experience chronic pain are commonly prescribed opiates. Over time, their tolerance to the medication builds up and they must increase their dose to maintain the positive effects of opiates, often leading...

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Karl Gruber

7 December 2017

United States

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Zoonotic outbreaks are increasingly a threat to human populations and other species as they spatially converge in the same environments. In preparation, the project PREDICT has discovered over 1000 distinct diseases a...

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Kristina Johnson

28 November 2017

Tom Miner Basin, Montana, United States

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With the lifting of federal protection on top predators like grizzly bears, many are concerned that landowners will be more likely to shoot predators found on their ranches and farmland, risking the fragile stability ...

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Travis Wood

8 November 2017

Michigan, United States

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More golf courses are closing than are opening, allowing the rare opportunity to have open space in an urban environment. Restorations are becoming popular to allow wildlife and humans to make use of the natural space...

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Eric Bender

24 October 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston and other flood-vulnerable areas are having to build for the future to prevent water damage from hurricanes and other natural disasters, especially as climate change makes storms stronger and bigger. Boston is ...

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Bianca Nogrady

13 October 2017

Australia

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There is a push towards clean energy that battles with Australia's federal love for coal, but South Australia has made great strides to renewable energy. Thermal energy and the lithium ion battery are just two recent ...

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Isabelle Groc

11 October 2017

Otjiwarongo, Namibia

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The challenges of wildlife conservation are numerous, including illegal hunting and habitat loss. Numerous organizations, including the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, are training people, from farmers to scient...

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Laura Routh

20 February 2017

United States

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The cotton industry is turning to a wide variety of innovations such as remote sensing, water regulation, no-till methods etc. in order to combat the varied and complex impacts climate change is having on it.

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Mary Hable

6 February 2017

United States

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In the past, apparel companies were not given financial rewards for acting sustainably, and therefore, on the whole, saw no reason to encourage customers to do so. But now, by investing in industry-level research and ...

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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...

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Kristin Ohlson

5 December 2016

Kansas, United States

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Regenerative farming practices such as cover crops can be environmentally friendly and financially profitable. But federal crop insurance rules and certain characteristics of the agriculture industry have prevented fa...

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Bob Cooper

17 August 2016

California, United States

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Three biointensive mini-farms in the US are teaching small-scale farmers from throughout the world how to grow more food through sustainable practices that focus on using less water and land. After bringing these farm...

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Rowan Jacobson

19 July 2016

Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

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Israel experienced extreme drought a few years ago and its water supply was very low. National campaigns to install desalination plants have helped Israel turnaround its inadequate water supply into a surplus. The wat...

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Benjamin Goldfarb

31 May 2016

Sahtú Region, Northwest Territories, Canada

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In the Northwestern Territories of Canada, wildlife biologists received unfavorable critiques from indigenous communities for how they were going about with their caribou studies. By forming relationships with the ind...

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Liza Gross

23 May 2016

London, England, United Kingdom

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Despite humanity's shared need for healthy oceans and marine biodiversity to support life as we know it, there is no central regulatory body able to protect the massive, critical swaths of ocean beyond any one country...

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Erica Gies

11 April 2016

United States

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The water system in the United States is beginning to be in need of replacement. In order to facilitate this infrastructure project and prevent it from becoming overwhelming, technology such as water sensors and softw...

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Eric Toensmeier

9 March 2016

Las Cañadas, Veracruz, Mexico

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A small agricultural co-op in the mountains of Veracruz, Mexico, has effectively implemented its own approach to climate change. The community adapts the main sector of its economy and livelihood-- farming-- to sustai...

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Cleo Warner

10 February 2016

Nggaha Oriangu, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia

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The Indonesian island Sumba is working to provide 100% renewable electricity to all 650,000 residents by 2025.

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Anja Krieger

1 February 2016

Manoa, Hawaii, United States

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The amount of plastic debris in our oceans and water sources - especially nanoplastics that are increasingly prevalent in our food chain - is so enormous it's often beyond comprehension, and immensely difficult to add...

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