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Elizabeth Weil

28 August 2020

California, United States

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California’s wildfires historically were contained through periodic but limited burning. But “misguided fire police” over many decades, focused on overzealous fire suppression, has accumulated more dry fuel, resulting...

The New York Times

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Jade Doskow

14 August 2020

Staten Island, New York, United States

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The former Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island is turning into a public park that will accept visitors in 2021. By capping the trash site with plastic, covering it with soil, and planting native grasses, city offici...

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Rina Saeed Khan

28 May 2020

Depalpur, Punjab, Pakistan

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As locust swarms threaten crops in Pakistan, a pilot program offers farmers a way to get rid of the pests without using insecticides that harm the environment, while also earning money. Once farmers trap the locusts a...

PBS NewsHour

Mark Bittman

Melanie Saltzman

7 March 2020

Iowa, United States

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A group of women called The Women, Food and Agriculture Network was founded in 1998 in Iowa to educate female landowners about land conservation and implementing sustainable practices on their farms. The group has hel...

The Jakarta Post

Michael Taylor

10 February 2020

Indonesia

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A Pokemon Go-style app encourages residents in Indonesia to help map land to fight deforestation. The technology offers visitors of umapped areas surveys that they complete, which fills in the data, and motivates user...

Mongabay

Fred Kockott

19 November 2019

Mozambique

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Protecting forests requires collaboration between conservation groups and government authorities. In Mozambique, the Peace Parks Foundation is working with support of the Mozambique government to protect the Zinave Na...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Adam Wernick

12 November 2019

Borneo, Indonesia

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Those who live on the island of Borneo understand that their well-being comes from the Gunung Palung National Park, but logging remained rampant because it was the only way to make money to pay for healthcare. Thus, a...

Mongabay

JoAnna Haugen

10 October 2019

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States

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Natural Habitat Adventures, a tour company, has run the first no-waste, week-long trip through Yellowstone. With ecotourism producing millions of pounds of waste per year, the group wanted to demonstrate that doing so...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

11 September 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia’s West Laurel Hill Cemetery has gone green. While the burial business may be notoriously filled with chemicals, this cemetery has introduced 50 different sustainability initiatives, including banning mach...

High Country News

Anna V. Smith

16 August 2019

Umpqua National Forest, Oregon, United States

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After decades of failed legislation, over 17,000 acres of public land was finally restored to the Umpqua Tribe with the passage of the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act. The land was a constant source of tension betw...

Houston Chronicle

Perla Trevizo

14 August 2019

Sargent, Texas, United States

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To protect the natural lands of the Texas coast and battle climate change, a new nonprofit is working to create a carbon dioxide storage program in partnership with private landowners. The innovative models give lando...

High Country News

Liz Weber

17 June 2019

Sisters, Oregon, United States

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Coordination and planning can prove to be the best defensive measures against wildfires. Funded by the US Forest Service, the Community Planning Assistance for Wild Program (CPAW) promotes community fire adaptation, i...

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Monica Humphries

10 June 2019

Gainesville, Florida, United States

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Across the United States, cities are designing ways for wildlife to cross major roadways. Whether they’re overpasses crossing highways or tunnels under freeways, these helpful pathways are strategically placed to help...

The Colorado Sun

Erin McIntyre

27 May 2019

Ouray, Colorado, United States

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By combining biomimicry with biodiversity, Colorado’s forests have kept damaging fir beetles at bay. The city of Ouray, Colorado, and the Colorado State Forest Service have been working with the help of volunteers to ...

NBC News

Audrey Cleo Yap

16 May 2019

Maui, Hawaii, United States

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Organizations like Ho’oulu ka ‘Ulu are reintroducing small-scale farmers to breadfruit — a traditional Hawaiian starchy fruit that fell out of style following the rise of plantation farming and colonialism. Growers ar...

Mongabay

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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...

Earth Journalism Network

Amrita Gupta

2 March 2019

Uttarakhand, India

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Mountains are particularly vulnerable to climate change, and a mountain city in India is finding sustainable solutions in traditional agriculture. Women overwhelmingly make up the farming workforce in Uttarakhand and ...

The Narwhal

Judith Lavoie

13 February 2019

Australia

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Enrolling indigenous knowledge in environmental conservation programs empowers communities and promotes responsible land management. Conservation programs in Australia and Canada rely on indigenous communities to moni...

GreenBiz

Maki Tazawa

11 February 2019

United States

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Because the upfront costs of transitioning a farm to be certified organic can be burdensome to farmers amidst a growing demand for organic food, large companies like Kashi and Land O'Lakes are creating a number of ini...

Ensia

Stephanie Hemphill

23 January 2019

Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States

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In Green Bay, Wisconsin, farmers are experimenting with BMPs, or best management practices, to farm their land in a way that protects the environment and decrease algae in the water. Five years into the pilot program,...

Mongabay

Anna-Catherine Brigida

12 December 2018

Río Sarstún, Guatemala

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After initially not involving the indigenous Q’eqchi community in designating land for the Río Sarstún Multiple Use Area – land that this community lives on – the government and the Q’eqchi since partnered together to...

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Kizito Makoye

13 November 2018

Tanzania

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Indigenous people in Tanzania are using “legal expertise, political pressure and smart solutions like land mapping to win back plots — and then secure them — from corporations they accuse of using loopholes to grab te...

Pacific Standard

Jane Braxton Little

16 October 2018

California, United States

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The Karuk and Yoruk tribes use prescribed burning to keep land healthy and encourage the growth of traditional foods and medicines. New resources and partnerships are helping to bring back small-scale fires and revive...

Ensia

Ucilia Wang

16 October 2018

Cantonment, Florida, United States

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Across the country, projects that mine landfills for reusable metals and soils are underway. Can such mining prove profitable enough to spur similar efforts on a grand scale? So far, some projects have seen profits wh...

Logic Magazine

Nina Sparling

15 October 2018

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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True to hacker form, an MIT team wants "open-source agriculture," a technology that takes food production back from big corporations and makes it widely accessible. To this end, the OpenAg community, comprised of code...

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