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Umme Hoque

29 September 2021

California, United States

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A new California law makes universal mail-in voting permanent after it was temporarily adopted for the 2020 election in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Expansion of mail-in voting in 2020 resulted in higher vote...

Wall Street Journal

Nick Kostov

27 September 2021

France

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A mixture of mandates and incentives helped France overcome vaccine hesitancy and encouraged millions to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The government campaign was so successful that some of the restrictions – like the req...

The Seattle Times

Daniel Beekman

9 August 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The Equitable Communities Initiative brought together representatives from a range of nonprofits serving people of color to make recommendations for investments that support communities of color. Each panelist brought...

Belt Magazine

Nina Misuraca Ignaczak

30 July 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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After the 2008 economic recession hit, Carla Walker-Miller shifted her energy services business model to not only supply electrical equipment but also implement energy efficiency programs for communities of color in D...

WBEZ

Elly Fishman

12 July 2021

California, United States

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California residents passed Proposition 11, a redistricting reform ballot initiative, in 2008 and in 2010, voters strengthened that reform by passing a bill to allow an independent commission to redraw state and congr...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Peter Yeung

5 July 2021

Colombia

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In Colombia, there are about 50,000 waste pickers, they collect and sort through trash to findrecyclabless to make a living. Their livelihood was threatened in the 1990s after Colombia adopted neoliberal policies that...

Pamplin Projects

Courtney Vaughn

25 May 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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The Student Success Act, which allotted money to school districts for things like more mental health resources, had mixed results due to funds being redirected because of COVID-19. Portland Public Schools increased th...

High Plains Public Radio

David Condos

5 May 2021

Hays, Kansas, United States

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Once Kansas formed its first local enhanced management area — or LEMA — where a certain land area had strict irrigation limits, many farmers weren’t happy about it. But a research study found that instead of cutting t...

MIT Technology Review

Lisa Song

James Temple

29 April 2021

California, United States

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A decade after California established its forest offset program as a way to incentivize saving trees to store carbon, a new analysis shows that it might not be working. Loopholes in the program allow for people to cla...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jemille Q. Duncan

20 April 2021

India

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Law Rewired, run by law students and an advisory board of legal scholars, translates complex laws and landmark court decisions into plain language so people can understand them. Real-world examples, easy to read bulle...

Grady Newsource

Jared Gilstrap

9 April 2021

Colbert, Georgia, United States

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After Georgian residents raised concerns about a pollutant that was being emitted by a nearby biomass plant, they banded together to pass legislation that effectively put an end to the practice. These concerned reside...

Tygodnik Powszechny

Krzysztof Story

8 April 2021

Poland

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Scientists, NGOs, conservationists, and the government worked together to bring the Polish wolf back from the brink of extinction. Methods like GPS tracking and genetic sampling have helped politicians made decisions ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Peter Yeung

2 April 2021

France

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The French National Assembly overwhelmingly passed “the Law to Promote the France of Accents,” which criminalizes discrimination against someone based on their accent. The bill makes linguistic discrimination, or “glo...

Bridge Michigan

Robin Erb

22 March 2021

Michigan, United States

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The Michigan state legislature temporarily boosted the pay of direct caregivers working with seniors and people that have disabilities by $2 an hour in recognition of their essential and sometimes risky services durin...

BBC

Katarina Zimmer

16 March 2021

Costa Rica

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A court in Costa Rica decided that a local municipality was illegally polluting a stream and this ruling set the stage for the country to ensure that a clean and healthy environment is a human right. They ingrained th...

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Nithin Coca

Naomi Mihara

Walter Gerard

11 March 2021

Korolevu, Vanua Levu, Fiji

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After a river in Fiji continued to flood, an entire village relocated uphill 2 kilometers away. About two-thirds of the residents participated in this voluntary relocation, which proved effective when a strong cyclone...

Grist

Shannon Osaka

26 February 2021

United States

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A tax credit was supposed to incentive Americans to buy electric vehicles, but testimony from car buyers and research has shown that only people who can afford the full purchase are getting access to the benefit. The ...

Texas Tribune

Vianna Davila

Jeremy Schwartz

Kiah Collier

22 February 2021

Texas, United States

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After winter storms and freezing temperatures in 2011 and 2014 caused power plants in Texas to shut down, the state’s energy regulators failed to adapt the state’s electric grid for future extreme weather events. Expe...

Wall Street Journal

Katherine Blunt

Russell Gold

19 February 2021

Texas, United States

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By relying on the market to give energy suppliers' incentives to keep the power going during extreme weather events, a historic cold snap in Texas revealed cracks in the state’s free-market energy system, which left m...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Oliver Gordon

12 February 2021

Pembrokeshire, 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 where they reside. For one family, they get their electricity from their own solar array,...

The Atlantic

Vann R. Newkirk II

11 February 2021

Mississippi, United States

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The federal Voting Rights Act required states to ensure access to the polls for Black voters and created federal enforcement mechanisms. The law worked well in the Jim Crow South, but it wasn't built to deal with raci...

Energy News Network

Tom Perkins

29 January 2021

Michigan, United States

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The Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice was created to advise Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on environmental justice issues related to pollution and energy access. In its first year, the 21-member council was i...

Mongabay

Dimitri Selibas

30 December 2020

Tarapacá, Colombia

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The Colombian government has been working with regional regulatory agencies, the World Wildlife Fund, and local forest communities to encourage sustainable timber production and the implementation of forest management...

ProPublica

Tony Briscoe

Haru Coryne

30 December 2020

United States

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Various government policies and programs have been implemented in Black communities facing urban decline but not all of them have been completely successful. Initiatives included: Expanding public transportation, ref...

National Geographic

Bridget Huber

3 December 2020

Bavaria, Germany

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Environmental advocates got 1.75 million signatures to change Bavarian farming laws to protect biodiversity. The Save the Bees Campaign calls for using subsidies to nearly triple the amount of organic farming, creatin...

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