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Emily Nonko

1 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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An income-based payment structure has alleviated water debt in Philadelphia. Decreasing federal aid to municipal water utilities in conjunction with rising costs associated with climate change has increased the cost o...

Columbia Journalism Review

Corey Hutchins

31 August 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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To combat the dire or non-existent future that many local news outlets throughout Colorado were facing, journalism institutions stopped competing with one another and instead joined forces to create a statewide collab...

Law at the Margins

Joseph Young

Robert Warren

30 August 2020

Washington D.C., United States

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Washington D.C. has decreased the number of people experiencing homelessness through the implementation of its permanent supportive housing programs. The 'housing first' initiatives prioritize providing permanent hous...

The Narwhal

Sarah Cox

29 August 2020

Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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The Vancouver Island marmot is making a comeback, thanks to recovery efforts from the Marmot Recovery Foundation. By 2003, there were only 27 marmots left in Canada’s wilderness, but their population has rebounded to ...

Bitterroot

Virginia Gewin

28 August 2020

Garibaldi, Oregon, United States

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The international seafood supply chain was disrupted in the wake of the pandemic but small fisheries in the northwest have tapped into new local markets. The fisheries, which generally depend on exporting seafood inte...

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Simone Popperl

Bo Hamby

Steve Inskeep

28 August 2020

Kansas, United States

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The National Education Association has launched a school-focused COVID-19 case tracker in the U.S., all thank to the efforts of a Kansas theater teacher. Alisha Morris started with an excel sheet and took to online se...

Sacramento Bee

Dale Kasler

Ryan Sabalow

27 August 2020

California, United States

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After 2017's devastating wildfires, the state of California and businesses committed billions of dollars to thinning forests and other fire-prone areas to contain the spread and intensity of wildfires. But the state's...

Mongabay

Manish Kumar

26 August 2020

Ventakraipur, Odisha, India

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Two decades after a massive cyclone killed close to 10,000 people in India's Odisha state, the government's efforts to protect coastal villages vulnerable to cyclones and tsunamis has produced a host of safety measure...

Los Angeles Times

Doug Smith

25 August 2020

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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Finding gainful employment after incarceration is hard in the best of times, but during a global pandemic it's even more challenging. A Los Angeles nonprofit, Chrysalis, has been able to place the hard-to-employ job s...

BBC

Naomi Scherbel-Ball

25 August 2020

Nigeria

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After decades of trying to contain polio, collaborative efforts have resulted in the eradication of the disease from Africa. Although there is still no known cure, vaccination campaigns and collective action from poli...

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Elissaveta M. Brandon

25 August 2020

Harlem, New York, United States

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PLAY NYC, a nonprofit in New York, is reviving a historic pop-up playground concept, which started over two decades ago, in order to increase children's access to playgrounds and physical activity. The concept is simp...

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The Economist

25 August 2020

Germany

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The 2015 influx of 1.2 million refugees was resettled all across Germany and has been somewhat successfully integrated five years later. Many local municipalities quickly adapted to the influx, providing language cour...

Montana Free Press

Emily Stifler Wolfe

21 August 2020

Ronan, Montana, United States

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By collaborating with other businesses, nonprofits, and institutions, food processing enterprises in Montana are expanding the local supply chain to keep food in the state. The Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center ...

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Nicolette White

21 August 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Liberation Library, a Chicago-based nonprofit, provides books for incarcerated youth. The nonprofit fills the youths' book requests and has also partnered with five Chicago-based bookstores, where shoppers can purchas...

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Emily Mullin

21 August 2020

United States

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A key set of entrants in the race to develop an effective COVID-19 vaccine use a genetic approach that has shown promising but preliminary results in human safety trials. Genetic vaccines, which have been in developme...

Eye On Ohio

Brie Zeltner

Cid Standifer

21 August 2020

Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania prisons' relatively uncrowded conditions and approach to releasing people early when the pandemic hit have limited deaths in its prisons, making people incarcerated in Pennsylvania less than half as likel...

Yale Environment 360

Jon Hurdle

20 August 2020

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Once known for being dirty, the Delaware River is being cleaned up by nonprofits and government entities to the point where they’re encouraging people to swim in it again. The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authori...

Flint Beat

Carmen Nesbitt

20 August 2020

Flint, Michigan, United States

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Staff from Flint Community Schools are taking a more door-to-door approach to find the close to 1,500 students who have not yet started attending virtual school when the fall semester started. FCS assembled "wellness ...

Nexus Media News

Agostino Petroni

Sandali Handagama

17 August 2020

Maria Elena Bay, Mexico

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A collective of fishers have adopted sustainable fishing practices to catch spiny lobsters in Maria Elena Bay in Mexico, while also protecting the species. To keep future lobster populations healthy, fishers will meas...

BBC

Dina Aboughazala

16 August 2020

Egypt

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More than 2,500 missing people have been found in Egypt because of work by the Facebook page Missing Children, which compiled a vast trove of photos and uses facial-recognition software to match faces to cases. The pa...

The New York Times

Robert Sullivan

Jade Doskow

14 August 2020

Staten Island, New York, United States

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The former Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island is turning into a public park that will accept visitors in 2021. By capping the trash site with plastic, covering it with soil, and planting native grasses, city offici...

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Brendan Crowley

14 August 2020

New York, New York, United States

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New York's Hard Hat Cats turns feral cats into working animals, deploying teams in outdoor spaces and indoor workplaces with rat infestations. Breweries, a prison, and other buildings have seen their rat populations p...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

13 August 2020

Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States

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A former costume designer and a farmer in Pennsylvania are partnering together to grow flax to produce their own linen. Since the fashion and textiles industries produce a lot of waste, the duo are reviving the crop t...

Malheur Enterprise

Pat Caldwell

13 August 2020

Wheeler County, Oregon, United States

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Several rural counties in Oregon and Idaho have managed to slow the spread of the coronavirus through early intervention strategies and community compliance. Although the low population and rural nature of the regions...

Concord Monitor

Kelly Burch

13 August 2020

Concord, New Hampshire, United States

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School districts across New Hampshire had to find new ways of teaching English as a Second Language students during the pandemic when classes switched to virtual learning. Some districts used volunteers and community ...

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