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Mongabay

Daniyar Serikov

13 November 2018

Faizobod, Tajikistan

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To restore degraded lands in Tajikistan, farmers are turning to agroforestry, a traditional cropping method that more closely mimics natural systems. An estimated 45 gigatons of carbon is sequestered by agroforestry s...

NPR

Alan Yu

10 November 2018

Albany, New York, United States

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Many sustainable farming practices originate from African roots, yet the industry in the United States is largely dominated by people who are white. Leah Penniman, an African American farmer based in a food desert in ...

Ensia

Chris West

9 November 2018

Brazil

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Certification schemes, which track international supply chains of commodities like soy or palm oil, can help consumers avoid products that contribute to deforestation. Some such schemes are showing promising results. ...

Model D

Brian Allnutt

6 November 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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A hydroponic farm called Planted on Detroit's East Side brings a comprehensive approach to the urban farm-to-table movement, combining sustainable growth practices with a non-profit distribution program. Planted also ...

Citizen Matters

Manasi Paresh Kumar

2 November 2018

Bengaluru, India

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In Bengaluru, switching from rickshaws to electric autos could help reduce noise pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 0.11 million tons each year. But the policies that encourage electric autos only ex...

Christian Science Monitor

Lauren Littell

29 October 2018

Gary, Indiana, United States

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The Grand Calumet River in Indiana was once infamous for its levels of pollution and contamination. Although it didn't happen overnight, the introduction of the Clean Water Act led to collaborative efforts to divide a...

Talk Africa

Mercy Odada

26 October 2018

Awasi, Kenya

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Investing in tanks to collect rainwater can help remote communities increase their resilience to shortages and improve the lives of residents. In Kisumu County, Kenya, villagers who struggle with water shortages have ...

Making Contact

Salima Hamirani

24 October 2018

Alameda, California, United States

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Climate change will impact everyone, but not necessarily equally, so organizations across the US are advocating for smaller-scale and locally owned and produced energy resources in order to better distribute these res...

Nation Africa

Angela Oketch

23 October 2018

Australia

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A new approach to growing maize has been discovered by scientists in Australia and it is proving to have the potential to help alleviate food insecurity. By targeting a specific enzyme in the crop, and then boosting ...

bioGraphic

Virginia Gewin

23 October 2018

Lima, Peru

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At Expo Amazonica in Lima, chefs are working to build a taste for traditional Amazonian foods, in an effort to promote biodiversity conservation and slow deforestation. But against a huge global demand for palm oil, g...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Gregory Scruggs

19 October 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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In 2008, Vancouver’s mayoral candidate Gregor Robertson said he would transform the city to be the world’s greenest by 2020. One decade later, steps toward decreasing greenhouse gas emissions have been made, but the 2...

Deseret News

Erica Evans

17 October 2018

Oslo, Norway

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Faced with poor air quality, the city of Oslo instituted a set of policy measures that have resulted in a dramatic improvement. Many of these policies center around transportation including incentivizing the productio...

The Guardian

Rishika Pardikar

16 October 2018

Bangalore, India

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Autumn in India is known for the season of bad air quality, largely in part due to stubble-burning, a practice used by farmers to dispose of crop waste. To counter this practice, private companies are coming up with w...

Pacific Standard

Jane Braxton Little

16 October 2018

California, United States

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The Karuk and Yoruk tribes use prescribed burning to keep land healthy and encourage the growth of traditional foods and medicines. New resources and partnerships are helping to bring back small-scale fires and revive...

Ensia

Ucilia Wang

16 October 2018

Cantonment, Florida, United States

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Across the country, projects that mine landfills for reusable metals and soils are underway. Can such mining prove profitable enough to spur similar efforts on a grand scale? So far, some projects have seen profits wh...

The Colorado Sun

Jason Blevins

15 October 2018

Loveland, Colorado, United States

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Several dry winters in the 1970s and 1980s prompted ski resorts to have a backup plan: make their own snow. The result is a solution that helps ski resorts and does not hurt the environment: man-made snow is stored in...

San Francisco Chronicle

Rachel Swan

15 October 2018

San Mateo, California, United States

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In California, Governor Jerry Brown has implemented a deadline to have "all transit agencies to eliminate carbon emissions" by 2040. San Mateo County is moving towards this goal by releasing a fleet of electric buses.

Logic Magazine

Nina Sparling

15 October 2018

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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True to hacker form, an MIT team wants "open-source agriculture," a technology that takes food production back from big corporations and makes it widely accessible. To this end, the OpenAg community, comprised of code...

NPR

Luke Runyon

11 October 2018

Montezuma, Colorado, United States

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In Colorado’s water-scarce Montezuma County, having a designated law enforcement official for water conflict is necessary. Dave Huhn is a sheriff’s deputy specializing in water law, responding to 60-100 calls each mon...

Civil Eats

Annelise Jolley

3 October 2018

United States

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Throughout the United States, farmer co-ops are gaining popularity as a means to share work and resources with fellow small farms with the goal of keeping rural communities alive. Although this model can look slightly...

Governing

Elizabeth Daigneau

1 October 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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The United States is adopting a practice that much of Europe has been using for for decades. Green roofs, which utilize either solar panels or implement the growth of vegetation, will help many cities throughout the c...

The Innovator

Cecelia Paladino

1 October 2018

Bronx, New York, United States

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The New York-based organization, Sustainable South Bronx, is working to reverse the public health effects, namely asthma, that poor air quality has caused. The initiative works to educate residents about the environme...

New Vision

Jacky Achan

30 September 2018

Uganda

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Clean cookstoves can reduce indoor air pollution, along with a host of other social and environmental benefits. However, uptake has been slow in countries such as Uganda because such stoves tend to be more expensive f...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Colin Lodewick

27 September 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Sankofa Community Farm High School Internship Program in Philadelphia supports 25 students each summer (and 12 during the school year) by teaching them how to farm, bringing these skills back to their communities,...

OZY

Molly Fosco

26 September 2018

Slovenia

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Although not immune to environmental degradation, Slovenia still has the highest portion of protected land in Europe. This is largely in part to tourism efforts, active outreach and proactive education tactics.

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