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Yes! Magazine

Lynn Freehill-Maye

25 February 2021

Kirkland, Washington, United States

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A community effort to help provide food to those who are food insecure during the pandemic has brought together local bakers to bake bread for food banks. The initiative, known as Community Loaves, has amassed 700 vol...

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Chad Small

23 February 2021

Bennington, Vermont, United States

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To make their restaurant more energy efficient and to cut its carbon footprint, The Publyk House utilized the services of Efficiency Vermont, a publicly funded energy efficiency utility. As part of their Deep Energy R...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Oliver Gordon

12 February 2021

Pembrokshire, Wales

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Wales’ One Planet Development Policy allows people to live a more sustainable lifestyle by using only the resources on the land they reside. For one family, they get their electricity from their own solar array, heat ...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Harry Jacques

11 February 2021

Solok, West Sumatra, Indonesia

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In Indonesia, there are 27 “Guardian” sensors eavesdropping on forests as a way to monitor them for cases of illegal logging. The organization Rainforest Connection uses artificial intelligence to analyze the audio fr...

Christian Science Monitor

G. Jeffrey MacDonald

9 February 2021

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Despite coronavirus restrictions shifting to allow churches to reopen, across the U.S. many religious institutions are continuing their digital video conferencing options as a means of reaching a wider audience. The u...

Wall Street Journal

Sarah McFarlane

6 February 2021

Scotland

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Hywind Scotland is the world's first commercial wind farm using floating wind turbines to generate power for about 36,000 homes a year. This approach — which is being seriously looked at by several countries seeking t...

The Guardian

Matthew Ponsford

5 February 2021

Malmö, Sweden

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As London starts to implement its plan for boroughs to implement sustainable urban greening strategies, officials look to Malmö as a guide after the Swedish city used a green space factor (GSF) as a way of calculating...

Grist

Maria Gallucci

3 February 2021

Woburn, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston Metal is transforming how steel is made by replacing coal with electrons. Instead of using the fossil fuel in furnaces to melt iron ores, the Massachusetts-based company uses electric currents to heat the ore, ...

Transitions Online

Tina (Tiko) Tsomaia

Ia Shalamberidze

2 February 2021

Georgia

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Across Georgia, a community-based mental health care approach has decreased both the duration and frequency of hospitalization for clients. This approach relies on mental health and other healthcare specialists delive...

Next City

Jared Brey

26 January 2021

Wilmington, North Carolina, United States

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A successful tiny home community in Missouri is inspiring a doctor-nurse duo to establish one in Wilmington, North Carolina. The idea took hold after they realized that chronic homelessness had a huge impact on health...

DigBoston

Jordan Frias

25 January 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Using data to determine which neighborhoods would likely be disproportionately at risk for COVID-19, the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center has been moving their pop-up testing site to a new area every two weeks a...

Eco-Business

Tim Ha

21 January 2021

Kampung Buayan, Borneo, Malaysia

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An indigenous-led nonprofit group called Tonibung installed a micro-hydro electrical system for a village deep in Borneo’s rainforests. The project not only supplied much-needed energy for the villagers of Kampung Bua...

The News & Observer

Charlie Innis

20 January 2021

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Because two Durham neighborhoods using the Cure Violence method of "violence interruption" bucked the citywide trend toward higher gun violence, the city will expand its Bull City United violence-prevention program to...

The Guardian

Damian Carrington

19 January 2021

Israel

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Batteries that can be fully charged in five minutes have been created for the first time, allowing electric cars to recharge faster. The Israeli company StoreDot produced 1,000 of these new lithium-ion batteries, whic...

National Geographic

Rachel Nuwer

12 January 2021

Na Doi, Thailand

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By setting aside an area of the Ngao River to be off limits for fishing, several villages in Thailand have seen a revitalization of large barb and carp in their waters. Compared to non-protected stretches of the river...

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Ciannait Khan

7 January 2021

Ghana

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With more than 200 communities along the Ghana coast relying on small-scale fishing, a new app called DASE seeks to hold industrial trawlers accountable for illegally fishing in their seas. The app allows people to ta...

The Atlantic

Rowan Moore Gerety

28 December 2020

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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A street-level view of White Bird Clinic's CAHOOTS program in Eugene explains its appeal as a cost-saving, humane alternative to sending the police to 911 calls concerning mostly minor problems involving homelessness,...

The Narwhal

Sarah Cox

28 December 2020

British Columbia, Canada

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Dwindling numbers of wild salmon have been reported in British Columbia’s coastal waters, so many organizations, governments, and fishers have advocated for land-based salmon farming. The transition to more sustainabl...

People

Jeff Truesdell

24 December 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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A network of trauma recovery centers nationwide helps victims of violence and survivors of murder victims by focusing on their emotional, medical, and financial needs first. What started as a single healing center run...

KDNK Community Radio

Kathleen Shannon

22 December 2020

Basalt, Colorado, United States

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Ranked choice voting (RCV) lets voters select multiple candidates in order of preference. If no one gets a majority, there is a second round where the candidate with the fewest first choice votes is eliminated and the...

WHEC-TV

Deanna Dewberry

21 December 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Since 2002, aging neighbors in Boston have been creating networks, known as villages, of supportive services that allow them to remain in their homes rather than leave to live in a senior center or nursing home. Now, ...

The Narwhal

Sarah Cox

19 December 2020

Miami, Florida, United States

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In Florida, a land-based salmon farming operation has optimized the ideal conditions for fish to be raised sustainably on land. “There is no winter here, there are no diseases, there are no sea lice. We optimize every...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Lily Bernheimer

11 December 2020

United States

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An alternative model to nursing homes is offering an innovative option that provides a comfortable, warm, and inviting environment to residents while also minimizing the spread of coronavirus. Green House Project (GHP...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Chad Small

4 December 2020

Paris, France

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In Paris, about 7,500 buildings are heated using geothermal energy, a cost-saving and carbon neutral energy source. Water is drawn from deep below ground at a central location and heated by the earth, and then sent vi...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Allan Parachini

4 December 2020

Moloaa, Hawaii, United States

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Food hub projects are gaining momentum in Hawaii as a means to connect farmers with customers. The projects go against the narrative that produce should be sold to big-box supermarkets, and instead focuses on "allowin...

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