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The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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11 April 2017

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In the face of the global climate crisis, conservative politicians and energy leaders in the US are an unlikely source for climate action. Through the promotion of a carbon tax, in which each ton of emissions gets tax...

Mongabay

Bart Crezee

30 March 2017

Colombia

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Protecting forests against deforestation is key to reducing CO2 emissions, which is what the UN mechanism- REDD+ aims to do by creating contracts with rural areas for them to protect their area's forest for 30 years i...

Yale E360

Cheryl Katz

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23 March 2017

United States

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Once largely confined to the desert Southwest, solar power is making its way across the United States. Due to decreasing prices in installations, coupled with government incentives and increasing knowledge of energy h...

ProPublica

Marshall Allen

Tristan Spinski

9 March 2017

Portland, Maine, United States

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U.S. hospitals waste an estimated $765 billion every year (National Academy of Medicine), and a large portion of this is wasted in the form of discarded medical supplies. Usually, these supplies are still in their ori...

Coloradoan

Jacy Marmaduke

8 March 2017

Colorado, United States

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High caseworker turnover in Larimer County has led to poorer outcomes for children and high stress for the caseworkers themselves. To help combat this high turnover the salaries have been increased, retention incentiv...

BBC

Mariam Rizk

7 March 2017

Cairo, Egypt

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For many years, the city of Cairo has been dealing with dense smog, known as the "black cloud," that covers the city. This air pollution was initially set off by farmers burning surplus crops, but now is the cause of ...

Yes! Magazine

J. Gabriel Ware

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2 March 2017

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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For over 10 years, a non-profit in Kalamazoo, Michigan has been covering 65 to 100 percent of college costs for local public school students. Kalamazoo Promise, which has inspired similar programs throughout the count...

BBC

Kathleen Hawkins

26 February 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Voter turnout is a problem around the world, especially in local elections and among minority groups. But a small group of academics and activists in the US are experimenting with a new way to encourage people to turn...

The New York Times

Rikha Sharma Rani

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21 February 2017

Richmond, California, United States

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Richmond, California has one of the nation’s highest gun violence rates, so Operation Peacemaker Fellowship tracks and identifies individuals at risk of committing violent acts or becoming a victim of violence. The Fe...

Ensia

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 ...

The Tennessean

David Plazas

29 January 2017

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is developing a comprehensive strategy for affordable housing to help address the challenges of rising property prices and gentrification for the city's poor and minorities. The city is hel...

Chicago Reporter

Kalyn Belsha

24 January 2017

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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When public schools close, what can communities do with the buildings? Kansas City hired an urban planner to help repurpose school buildings to better engage the community and enabled non-profits a chance to purchase ...

BBC

Emma Wilson

Sahar Zand

18 December 2016

Tarma, Junín, Peru

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One in three children in Peru are stunted by a lack of nutritious foods in their diet. In 2005, the government gave cash hand-outs to poor mothers, but only on the condition that they had regular health check-ups and ...

The Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

17 December 2016

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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In 2005, anonymous donors announced they would cover college tuition for most students in all future Kalamazoo, Michigan classes: "Other cities declare themselves open for business or tourism. Kalamazoo wants you to k...

Detroit Free Press

Kristen Jordan Shamus

13 December 2016

Peterborough, United Kingdom

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A project launched in the United Kingdom uses social-impact bonds to reduce recidivism among prisoners, bringing together public and private resources to implement more effective and cost efficient social programs. Th...

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

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2 December 2016

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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A just-announced $6 million federal grant will help end poverty in Memphis, Tennessee.

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

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30 November 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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As major manufacturers keep "pulling the rug" from under urban areas, low skilled job loss increases. Nevertheless, small-scale businesses have instrumental in their ability to counteract job loss in improvised urban ...

The Christian Science Monitor

Ann Scott Tyson

28 November 2016

San Quentin, California, United States

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The USA has one of the highest rates of incarceration, and reoffending is a likely outcome after prison. 'The Last Mile' and similar programs are providing inmates with the opportunity to learn marketable skills and e...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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11 October 2016

China

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In China, rampant sales tax fraud was addressed with a unique solution. In an attempt to increase transparent sales and receipt use, the government implemented a scratch lottery system on receipts. This solution, usi...

Clean Energy Finance Forum

Kat Friedrich

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10 October 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Across the nation, low-income communities have very little say on the impact of solar power on their community. New York City has conducted talks with its residents resulting in community ownership of solar power util...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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13 September 2016

Lebanon

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In Lebanon, services for refugees are often misguided and ineffective. To address this issue, the country created a cash-debit card allowance for refugees, providing a more appropriate resource than the typical aid pr...

The Hechinger Report

Jon Marcus

18 August 2016

Tennessee, United States

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Because high schools are assessed on graduation rates in lieu of college-readiness and public universities are funded based on the number of students who enroll instead of those that graduate, there is often a miscomm...

The Huffington Post

Rebecca Klein

25 July 2016

New York, New York, United States

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While many of America's classrooms are increasingly diversifying, the demographic makeup of their educators is not, and turnover of minority teachers remains high. A program in New York City called NYC Men Teach is wo...

Mountain Town News

Allen Best

25 July 2016

Grand Lake, Colorado, United States

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Micro-hydro projects in the United States have become much more accessible and more financially viable since Congress passed a law in 2013 making it easier for small hydroelectric projects to get federal approval. Spe...

Energy Post

Jeffey Michel

18 July 2016

Hamburg, Germany

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Solar power is an important renewable energy in Germany, but when the sun is out, it can overpower the grid. Likewise, when the sun is not out, the reception of solar power decreases. Germany has piloted battery insta...

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