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Financial Times

Joshua Chaffin

23 October 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Bronx Rises Against Gun Violence is a city-funded crew of "violence interrupters," former gang members or the formerly incarcerated who have enough street credibility to de-escalate disputes in ways the police often c...

The Marshall Project

Jamiles Lartey

22 October 2021

Marietta, Georgia, United States

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Police recruits in Marietta since 2019 have been required to be trained in the martial art of jiu-jitsu before they can go on patrol. Many officers stick with the training, and many other police departments are copyin...

The Wichita Beacon

Celia Hack

21 October 2021

Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States

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The COVID Ambassador program trains people to listen, be empathetic, and acknowledge people’s COVID-19 vaccine concerns. Ambassadors’ training includes substantial practice talking to people who are resistant to getti...

Montana Free Press

Emily Stifler Wolfe

14 October 2021

Big Sandy, Montana, United States

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Quinn Organic Research Center sits at the hub of innovations slowly transforming farming culture away from industrial agriculture toward organic and regenerative strategies. Countering the decades-old "get big or get ...

Belt Magazine

Randiah Green

7 October 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Programs like Motor City Match and Grown in Detroit help entrepreneurs launch Black-owned food businesses in Detroit. The businesses sell healthy foods in neighborhoods often lacking in nutritious options or in the in...

The Land

Michael Indriolo

5 October 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cleveland high school students created votecle.com, a website that centralizes information about local elections. A “political alignment” survey on the site assesses users’ opinions on important political issues to ma...

Mongabay

Srikant Chaudhary

4 October 2021

Jharkhand, India

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In India, small farmers face limited access to irrigation. However, a state-run program, which gives them access to solar powered pumps, is alleviating their problems. Not only is it better for their crops, increasing...

Valley News

Claire Potter

2 October 2021

Hartland, Wisconsin, United States

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Agriculture accounts for 10 percent of greenhouse emissions in the U.S. according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This article details efforts by small farmers to reduce carbon emissions as part of a larger fi...

BBC

Reena Shah

28 September 2021

Monteverde, Costa Rica

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Even though Costa Rica is leading the fight against climate change, the country lags behind in one area: electric vehicles. In one town, Monteverde, activists, and business owners got together to create a charging net...

Bloomberg CityLab

Corinne Gretler

26 September 2021

Zurich, Switzerland

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Zurich, Switzerland's largest city, is paving the way for sustainable building. Concrete is a major contributor of climate change due to the process it requires to make it. Zurich is making steps to reduce its use. Ba...

The Colorado Sun

Fran Kritz

22 September 2021

Colorado, United States

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The Grace Upon Grace Project seeks to address period poverty – the inability of people who menstruate to afford sanitary supplies – by providing free access to tampons and pads. The organization hosts a monthly free p...

Vox

Kimberly Mas

22 September 2021

United States

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Prescribed burning or controlled burning is an ancestral indigenous practice in which specific sections of a forest are burned. Controlled burning also happens naturally like when lightning strikes a forest. Controlle...

Daily Trust

Risikat Ramoni

19 September 2021

Lagos, Nigeria

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Doctors and nurses with the Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria provide free specialized care to over 5,000 people at a local hospital. An annual CT scan monitors patients' risk of stroke, with those who are high-risk gett...

BBC

Simon Maybin

14 September 2021

United Kingdom

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To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Everyone In initiative offers housing to people experiencing homelessness. In the first few months of the program, the government paid for hotel rooms – which were empty due to the...

Pulse Nigeria

Bayo Wahab

9 September 2021

Nigeria

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Hacey Health Initiative and Alabiyamo Maternal and Child Healthcare Foundation are improving maternal and newborn health in rural communities. The groups have provided more than 50,000 birthing kits containing sterili...

BBC

Katherine Latham

8 September 2021

United Kingdom

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Ancient trees like the Big Belly Oak, which grows to be hundreds of years old, provide substance to thousands of invertebrate species, and hundreds of species of lichen and fungi. However, due to changes in forest man...

Mother Jones

Alissa Quart

September - October 2021

United States

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The cooperative business model has boomed in the aftermath of the pandemic. Worker cooperatives allow employees to run and own a business, giving them more control as well as a share of profits. Co-ops not only have a...

Capital Press

Mia Ryder-Marks

29 August 2021

Oregon, United States

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Blanchet House is a nonprofit that provides food and housing for people in need. Men who are recovering from substance abuse can live at the farm and have an opportunity to work on the land and learn skills that promo...

Bloomberg

Amy Yee

28 August 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Community groups in under-vaccinated areas helped tens of thousands of people get vaccinated, made slightly easier since the FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and more employers requiring it. Nonprofits like...

The Narwhal

Stephanie Wood

28 August 2021

British Columbia, Canada

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Tofino, a popular tourist destination in Clayoquot Sound, a region on the west coast of Vancouver Island, attracts about 600,000 annual visitors. The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and other Nuu-chah-nulth nations have cr...

NPR

Deborah Amos

22 August 2021

Germany

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The nonprofit, Bikeygees, teaches refugee women how to ride and repair bikes. Many of the women come from countries where they weren’t allowed to ride bikes, which are a staple mode of transportation in Germany. Volun...

Sahara Reporters

Chikezie Omeje

Arinze Chijioke

19 August 2021

Otukpo, Benue, Nigeria

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Violent clashes between farmers and cattle herders that have claimed thousands of lives have largely ceased in Otukpo, thanks to a peacekeeping process that resolves disputes and is based on a shared recognition of tw...

Wired

Julia Hotz

18 August 2021

United Kingdom

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“Social prescribing” is an increasingly popular approach to healthcare that addresses “social determinants” of health with non-pharmaceutical prescriptions for patients in the form of activities in their local communi...

Cabin Radio

Meaghan Brackenbury

18 August 2021

Canada

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The Strong People, Strong Communities mural-painting festival highlights positive Indigenous stories. The project paired 11 young artists with 11 elders in six teams, each of which painted a mural with a distinct them...

Global Press Journal

Myagmarsuren Battur

17 August 2021

Darkhan, Darkhan-UUL Province, Mongolia

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The Mongolian Association of Sign Language Interpreters launched a free social media service that provides interpreters for people with hearing impairments. Using Facebook Messenger, the service allows clients to use ...

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