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Honolulu Civil Beat

Claire Caulfield

30 December 2019

Hawaii, United States

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As concerns about food security grow in Hawaii amidst a backdrop of climate change, Pacific Islanders are leaning into agroforestry as a means to address the problem. Resilient to extreme weather, agroforests allow fo...

Los Angeles Times

Julia Rosen

5 November 2019

Broadback, Quebec, Canada

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In Northern Quebec, scientists, government officials and researchers have seen the positive environmental effects that stem from giving indigenous groups their land rights back. Because many of these indigenous commun...

CityLab

Tracey Lindeman

4 November 2019

Brumunddal, Norway

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Norway is leading the world in low-carbon structural wood development; now, the country is working to bring factories into the country to turn the trees into usable lumber within the nation's borders. The city of Brum...

The Slowdown

Randi Eicher

10 October 2019

Nairobi, Kenya

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To combat the rapidly decreasing forest density in Kenya, an organization created "seedballs," or seeds from trees coated in charcoal and other nutrients that help the seeds survive long enough to germinate. The organ...

Things That Work Uganda

Aisha Nanyonjo

7 August 2019

Bidibidi, Uganda

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Because deforestation in Uganda is rapidly increasing, including in the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement, a new tactic for constructing bricks for housing that didn't require trees was developed by Mercy Corps, UK Aid, and...

The Christian Science Monitor

Stephanie Hanes

10 June 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore’s urban forest is one of the best-protected in the country. Since a 2006 scientific analysis of Baltimore’s trees, the city has become a leader in tracking and preserving green space and using data to shed l...

Rappler

Keith Anthony S. Fabro

1 June 2019

Palawan, Philippines

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Empowering women to practice sustainable agriculture promotes resilience and enables communities to protect biodiversity. The Kusor Upland Farmer’s Association, sponsored by the United States Agency for International ...

ProPublica

Lisa Song

22 May 2019

Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil

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This story examines the well-publicized climate-change strategy of carbon credits: the idea that a CO₂-emitting company could offset its emissions by funding anti-logging efforts, effectively "saving" the equivalent a...

Stateline

Sophie Quinton

16 May 2019

Rustic, Colorado, United States

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Prescribed burns help prevent the devastating impact of uncontrolled forest fires in Western states. In states like Colorado, the US Forest Service, local governments, and nonprofits, are working to improve forest hab...

Mongabay

Nuswantoro

Nusawantoro

15 May 2019

Kalibiru, Indonesia

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In Indonesia, transferring land management rights to local residents is slow-going, but one community is setting an example for what can happen when the residents are in charge. Mandiri farmers formed a cooperative an...

The New York Times

Moises Velasquez-Manoff

25 April 2019

Scituate, Rhode Island, United States

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A dark synergy of extreme weather and emboldened pests could imperil vast stretches of woodland. Foresters are only starting to wrestle with solutions.

The New York Times

Margaret Renkl

22 April 2019

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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In Nashville, a city better known for its music than its wildlife, a flock of sheep has become a tool for environmental preservation. It’s a way to “manage invasive vegetation in a safe, ecologically sensitive and cos...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

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21 March 2019

Gundalba, Odisha, India

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Biodiversity and forest cover in Gundalba rebounded after a women-led group started using whistles and rotational patrols to scare away timber smugglers and woodcutters. The group also helped neighboring villages coor...

La Voz de Guanacaste

Noelia Esquivel

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21 January 2019

Hojancha, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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In 1976, the Costa Rican city Hojancha preserved only 2% of its land as forest, and as a result their water supply (the Río Nosara river basin) dried up from the lack of vegetation. Sixteen years into the crisis, two ...

The Daily Yonder

Bryce Oates

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12 December 2018

Weaverville, Washington, United States

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In the western United States, a couple nonprofits are working to kill two birds with one stone: reducing catastrophic wildfires while creating a profitable (yet sustainable) market for harvested wood. Yet these manage...

Ensia

Nithin Coca

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6 December 2018

Japan

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Nishiawakura, a village in Japan, was once the site of complete forest devastation due to the need for timber during and after World War II. Through trial and error, the country has learned what does and doesn't work ...

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...

New York Magazine

Dan Nosowitz

4 October 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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Kenya's indigenous communities are fighting the government's attempts to seize the land they live on using an app called This is My Backyard, or TIMBY. The app helps users to securely encrypt videos and pictures that ...

OZY

Justin Higginbottom

20 September 2018

India

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Drones aren't just for filmmaking and covert operation anymore. A team in India has devised a way to turn these flying contraptions into seed-dropping tools that also measure the progress and success of reforestation ...

The Huffington Post

Carrie Budge

5 September 2018

Kenya

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During the Industrial Revolution, farmers began harvesting monoculture crops which produced promising profits but proved harmful to the soil and weakened the immune capabilities of native plants. Lately, however, perm...

Mongabay

David Njagi

31 August 2018

Kerita, Kenya

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Climate change coupled with an increasing human population is reducing the amount of land that Kenya farmers are able to use for profitable crops. To get the most out of what's left of the arid land, many are turning ...

Portland Press Herald

Kevin Miller

12 August 2018

Maine, United States

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Maine has 17 million acres of forestland making it the ideal region for implementing a carbon regulatory program. As governments in both the United States and Canada look to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the advant...

Yahoo! News

Amanda Schmidt

27 June 2018

Moita Da Guerra, Moita Da Guerra, Portugal

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In Portugal, drought and wildfires are on the rise with climate change. But universities and forest managers are looking hard at an ancient method for thinning dried forest: herds of goats. Initial results are promisi...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

18 June 2018

United States

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The west coast of the United States is taking a stand to stop the poaching and selling of trees from prohibited areas in the region. By creating a DNA database that can be used to determine the specific genetics of tr...

Greentumble

Deogracias Benjamin Kalima

19 April 2018

Malawi

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Malawi ranks fourth in the world for deforestation rates, but the country is on a pathway to making a dent in recovery thanks to community and government efforts. In just one rainy season alone, running from December ...

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