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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...

The Guardian

Eleanor Ainge Roy

11 August 2019

New Zealand

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A month after a mass shooting at New Zealand’s Christchurch mosque, New Zealand’s government has bought back over 10,000 firearms. The country passed legislation banning automatic and semi-automatic weapons a month af...

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 ...

WRAL

Amanda Lamb

9 August 2019

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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Across the United States, 95 percent of law enforcement agencies have started using body cameras. In North Carolina, the majority of departments have started using such technology in the hopes of increasing transparen...

Bitterroot

Maggie Mertens

9 August 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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After China stopped buying recycling near the end of 2017, Oregon faced mounting piles of mixed recycling that seemed bound for the landfill--a move that might have been illegal under Oregon law. Instead, the state's ...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

7 August 2019

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States

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In 2016, a proposal for a new innovation school which would incorporate elements of private and charter schools into a public school in Somerville, Massachusetts won a $10 million XQ grant, funding awarded to promisin...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

6 August 2019

Brownsville, Texas, United States

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A public library in Brownsville, Texas continues to remain relevant through its dedication to learning from failed initiatives, investing in new technology, and ensuring that the space keeps up with ever-changing town...

High Country News

Maya L. Kapoor

5 August 2019

Arizona, United States

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As the cost of fighting wildfires rises and the number of firefighters declines, Arizona found a solution: paying incarcerated men and women to do the same job for just five percent of the standard rate for firefighti...

NBC News

Daliah Singer

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2 August 2019

Colorado, United States

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States are looking for solutions to the nationwide opioid crisis, and marijuana may be one answer to that search. Two states, with a third on the way, are recommending medical marijuana in place of opioids to both red...

Flatland

Brian Perlman

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1 August 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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After piloting anti-violence initiatives across the city, leaders in Kansas City, Missouri, are re-evaluating their approach. While the steps taken to curb gun violence were similar to others across the country, here,...

The Marshall Project

Joseph Darius Jaafari

30 July 2019

District of Columbia, United States

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For members of the military who are survivors of sexual assault, they have access to special victims’ counsels to help guide and protect them throughout the legal process. The efforts are still young, and with that co...

The Daily Record

Emily Morgan

30 July 2019

Fairfield, Ohio, United States

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In 2017, Ohio’s Fairfield County built a new jail that, for the first time in a long time, met minimum jail standards. Using bonds, the new jail included an increase in the amount of living space, better security stan...

Vox

Lee Drutman

24 July 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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In 2002, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to adopt ranked choice voting, which allows voters to rank their candidates by 1st choice, 2nd choice, and so on, in what effectively becomes an instant run-off. This ...

Vice

Shayla Love

23 July 2019

Wisconsin, United States

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Over the last several decades, climate disasters have resulted in many communities relying on managed retreats. These "proactive, intentional shift(s) of civilization away from an environmental threat" are increasingl...

CBS News

Nichole Marks

21 July 2019

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Designing room for rivers and coastlines can mitigate catastrophe. Following a massive flood in 1953, the Dutch government reallocated its resources toward disaster prevention and mitigation. Through measures like bui...

KCRW

Anna Scott

Steve Chiotakis

18 July 2019

Santa Monica, California, United States

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To combat homelessness, an interdisciplinary group known as the “homeless multidisciplinary street team” is focusing efforts on housing those that call 911 more often than others. Taking lessons from a similar model t...

NPR

Colin Dwyer

17 July 2019

Long Branch, New Jersey, United States

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Libraries across the United States are expanding what they offer to not just include books, but also a host of social and human services. From stocking an anti-overdose drug to offering mental health services and lega...

Ensia

Anja Krieger

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16 July 2019

Berlin, Germany

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As people around the world become increasingly aware of the harmful nature of plastic use, bioplastics have risen in popularity. But the term “bioplastic” actually means different things and the type of bioplastics ou...

The Christian Science Monitor

Christa Case Bryant

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10 July 2019

Huntington, West Virginia, United States

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Huntington, West Virginia has taken strides towards becoming a model for other cities on how to combat the opioid crisis after successfully optimizing on collaboration efforts. Coordinated by the mayor, joint efforts ...

Hartford Business Journal

Matt Pilon

Gregory Seay

8 July 2019

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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The complex issue of structural inequalities in Hartford, Connecticut's tax system has proven difficult to solve. But community members on all sides agree that a collective approach - one that learns from failed town ...

Washington Post

Susan Svrluga

8 July 2019

Newtown, Connecticut, United States

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After losing their children at Sandy Hook, many parents began receiving heavy online harassment, including death threats. But then they began to fight back. As a founder of the HONR Network, Lenny Pozner and other par...

Hartford Business Journal

Matt Pilon

8 July 2019

Hartford, Connecticut, United States

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Connecticut's PILOT program was created to partially reimburse cities and towns for state-owned, tax-exempt properties and take some financial burden off smaller towns. The PILOT program, however, is voluntary, making...

Energy News Network

Elizabeth McGowan

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8 July 2019

Yogaville, Virginia, United States

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A self-imposed audit of energy resources aimed at reducing a Virginia community's carbon footprint and utility bill resulted in a move towards solar power. The community now partners with other surrounding entities to...

The New York Times

Michele Bigley

3 July 2019

Sonoma, California, United States

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Through collective action and informed practices, such as promoting grazing in vineyards, residents in fire-ravaged communities build a more resilient future. Across California’s wine region, locals have begun to reor...

The Mercury News

Rob Waters

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1 July 2019

California, United States

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To address the difficulties foster youth face when trying to complete a college program, California has implemented a series of support mechanisms designed to increase the chances of graduation. From extending the cut...

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