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The New York Times

Alissa J. Rubin

24 August 2018

Paris, France

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Beekeeping is on the rise in Paris, with over 1,000 hives already actively counted in city limits and beekeeping classes enrolled to maximum capacity. Although motives differentiate between beekeepers, all efforts are...

BBC

Douglas Fraser

Manuela Saragosa

22 August 2018

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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With tourism on the rise, city governments should prioritize the needs of residents first then those of visitors, says Xavier Font, professor of sustainability marketing at the University of Surrey. Two strategies to ...

Daily Monitor

Bill Oketch

22 August 2018

Nebbi District, Uganda

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With little access to clean water, the community in the Nebbi District in Uganda were facing health issues. A new government initiative, however, has changed this reality by implementing a water scheme that utilizes t...

Yes! Magazine

Liz Brazile

20 August 2018

Poughkeepsie, New York, United States

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Over 20 U.S. cities have passed municipal I.D. laws, which provide a form of identification to undocumented immigrants. “Municipal IDs are one of the most effective measures that cities can implement to protect and em...

San Francisco Public Press

Liz Enochs

20 August 2018

Vancouver, Canada

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Vancouver is one city that has shown benefits of a tax on “ghost homes,” or units that sit empty for a certain period of time. The idea is to encourage development and ensure there is ample housing stock for newcomers...

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Dharna Noor

17 August 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Voting to approve the prohibition of privatizing the city water system was just the most recent success in Baltimore's history of keeping the water system under public ownership. Through efforts pioneered by the city'...

Texas Observer

Naveena Sadasivam

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Daniel Wolfe

16 August 2018

El Paso, Texas, United States

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The Rio Grande River, which provides water to 6 million people and irrigates 2 million acres of farmland, is one of many transnational sources of water imperiled by climate change. Indeed, many states and countries th...

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Jennifer Guay

15 August 2018

Tatarstan, Russia

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Building a brand for your city or country can attract tourists, boost investment and lure skilled workers. Done right, it can also encourage community unity by highlighting a common story of identity, says Natasha Gra...

The New York Times Magazine

Nick Confessore

14 August 2018

California, United States

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Alastair Mactaggart, decided he had enough off companies like Facebook and Google, which make trillions of dollars from collecting private data from users. While the U.S. has made attempts to regulate consumer privacy...

The Denver Post

Shay Castle

14 August 2018

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Boulder is often referred to as one of Colorado's most progressive cities, so when the city passed the Universal Zero Waste Ordinance, many local businesses decided to take the policy a step further by eliminating the...

New Atlas

Rich Haridy

14 August 2018

United States

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France, Italy, Germany, and now the U.S. are passing “anti-stress” laws, which make it illegal or harder for workers to receive emails after work. Research shows that when employees expect to be contacted after work t...

The Guardian

Jenny Cunningham

7 August 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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According to one canvassing research project, there are 450 edible plants within Seattle's parks. Similar trends are also found throughout the United States as a whole. Although foraging is typically against the law, ...

The New York Times Magazine

Nathaniel Rich

1 August 2018

United States

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In the late 1970s to late 1980s, activists, scientists, and politicians began to address the climate change crisis. For a decade, they attempted to ask the U.S. to commit to an international agreement to reduce emiss...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

27 July 2018

Tbilisi, Georgia

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Making government more transparent is one strategy that countries are using to counteract rising xenophobia and populism. More than 85 national and subnational governments have committed to publishing spending data, p...

Yes! Magazine

Mason Adams

25 July 2018

Virginia, United States

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After a brutal incident led to a violent attack and the death of his son, Senator Creigh Deeds was determined to reform the mental health system in Virginia. The Deeds commission passed a series of reforms, among them...

Investigate West

Blair Stenvick

25 July 2018

Portland, Oregon, United States

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In Oregon, there is a law in place that helps guide public school officials in how to react to a child with a possible concussion, but that law doesn't address what to do if a child suffers a concussion during private...

The Huffington Post

Adam Forrest

19 July 2018

Vienna, Austria

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Unlike America’s struggle to provide high-quality affordable housing in sufficient quantities, Vienna has achieved an affordable housing system worthy of envy. The government-subsidized housing projects in Vienna need...

NPR

Amy Yee

18 July 2018

Kigali, Rwanda

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In Rwanda, "Umuganda" is compulsory community service once a month—citizens 18-65 must all clean up their local community. The rule is enforced by police officers who may stop citizens and force them to work on the sp...

CNBC

Katie Brigham

14 July 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco is aiming to achieve zero waste by 2020. Thanks to the implementation of public policy that made recycling and composting mandatory and a focus on city-wide awareness, however, the Californian city has a...

Bloomberg CityLab

Jaime Velazquez

13 July 2018

Madrid, Spain

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With a little strategic planning, cities can nurture biodiversity in the urban environment. “Sometimes, small actions can bring incredible results,” says Antonio Morcillo, deputy director for conservation of green are...

San Francisco Chronicle

David Baker

12 July 2018

California, United States

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Due in large part to the expanded use of renewable energy and decreased use of natural gas, California was able to cut greenhouse gas emissions significantly and ahead of their scheduled goal.

Government Technology (GovTech)

Skip Descant

5 July 2018

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Dallas is expanding its public transit app. “Customers don’t care how they get around,” says Morgan Lyons, vice president of external relations at DART. “They want to get around, period.” The GoPass app will include t...

The Guardian

Helen Pidd

4 July 2018

Salford, United Kingdom

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A multi-millionaire has poured money into his home suburb of Irlam, buying up empty stores, funding public art projects, and supporting the town center, sports center, health clinic, and train station. Employment is u...

Nieman Lab

Marlee Baldridge

3 July 2018

United States

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Five million dollars has been budgeted by the New Jersey government to support local reporting. The funds will be used to establish a non-profit, independent news incubator that will pursue, manage, and distribute fun...

The New York Times Magazine

Joel Lovell

2 July 2018

United States

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The ACLU has unrolled a new operation to counter human rights abuses under the current administration. They’ve hired more lawyers, taken 170 “Trump-related legal actions, and filed 83 lawsuits against the Trump admini...

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