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Hannah Weinberger

7 July 2020

Washington, United States

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After a failed removal attempt of a bear cub from a tree, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for North Puget Sound decided they needed a new high-strength tarp. With a reported increase in the number of wi...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

27 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Across Philadelphia, people are turning to seeds to source their food instead of grocery stores and supply chains, which have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia is home to the Cooperative Gardens Co...

The Huffington Post

Kyla Mandel

6 February 2020

Columbia, Maryland, United States

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Across the United States, people are growing “climate victory gardens” in an effort to reconnect people with nature, fight climate change, and produce healthy food. These gardens prioritize soil health above all else,...

The Press Democrat

Stephen Nett

25 October 2019

Sonoma, California, United States

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California’s Sonoma and Butte counties have been taking new approaches to wildfires – rather than preventing them, they’re hoping to support the ecosystem to withstand them and bounce back. This resilience-centered ap...

The Press Democrat

Stephen Nett

23 August 2019

Petaluma, California, United States

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California’s Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue is working hard to rehabilitate a lone beaver – among other wildlife – back to health and into their natural habitat. The species is key to natural ecosystems, making their s...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Jenn Chavez

18 August 2019

Wilsonville, Oregon, United States

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In a collaboration with the Oregon Zoo, the Institute of Applied Ecology, the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Oregon’s Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, women experiencing incarceration are helping sav...

The Colorado Sun

Amanda K. Clark

12 August 2019

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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A garden at Boulder, Colorado’s Museum of Natural History is being used to track the effects of smog and educate visitors as well. Called an “ozone garden,” this plot – and other like it around the world – shows resea...

The Mercury

Madison Kuklentz

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Thomas Garlick

9 August 2019

Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania’s Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy has built a grassroots base of volunteers that help clean up the local environment. Through education at schools and summer workshops, outreach projects, and asking volun...

Things That Work Uganda

Noah Omuya

2 August 2019

Bidibidi, Uganda

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The Bidibidi refugee settlement in Uganda, the largest such settlement in the world, is working with a number of agencies including the UNHCR and The Office of the Prime Minister to address environmental issues in the...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Oliver Gordon

4 July 2019

London, England

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In London, two community-driven initiatives are working side by side to engage residents in sustainable practices. Energy Garden, a community energy cooperative, has created green spaces in rail stations offers reside...

The New York Times

Michele Bigley

3 July 2019

Sonoma, California, United States

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Through collective action and informed practices, such as promoting grazing in vineyards, residents in fire-ravaged communities build a more resilient future. Across California’s wine region, locals have begun to reor...

Atlas Obscura

Vittoria Traverso

12 June 2019

California, United States

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Apis Arborea, a bee rewilding organization, seeks to educate the public on how to sustainably and responsibly rehabilitate and save the world’s bee population. Headed by Michael Joshin Thiele, the organization is 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 ...

Berkeley Science Review

Casey Smith

11 May 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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The Urban Bee Lab at UC Berkeley has spent over a decade collecting data about native Californian bees who regularly interact with humans so that they can share their findings to help farmers improve production. The l...

The Guardian

Matthew Taylor

24 April 2019

United Kingdom

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Governments, UN officials, and climate experts alike are ringing the alarm bells of growing soil degradation around the world. But a new agricultural movement is tackling this challenge head on. Instead of the centuri...

Mongabay

John C. Cannon

22 April 2019

Luangwa Valley, Zambia

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In the North Luangwa National Park in Zambia, a conservation team worked with local communities to bring the rate of elephant poaching in the area down to zero in 2018. Poaching had surged in the Luangwa Valley in 201...

Outside

Padmini Parthasarathy

15 April 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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People who work in caring professions often experience vicarious trauma, and don't always take the time to seek care for themselves. Rino Consulting Solutions aims to help solve this issue, especially as it impacts pe...

The Taos News

Cody Hooks

4 April 2019

Cerro, New Mexico, United States

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On New Mexico's public lands, volunteer effort can go a long way for wildlife restoration. Each year, nearly 200 volunteers hike around 10,000 cutthroat trout to the edge of the Río Grande del Norte National Monument ...

Adventure Travel News

JoAnna Haugen

19 February 2019

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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The first company to ever become carbon neutral, Natural Habitat Adventures has been setting a high bar with innovative sustainability practices. Nat Hab hosts trips all over the world and use it as an opportunity to ...

The Washington Post

Terrence McCoy

13 February 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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What started as a far-out concept in Berkeley, California, the goal of becoming zero-waste has spread to cities across the world. The idea makes individuals, communities, and governments think differently about what t...

Popular Science

Alisha McDarris

11 January 2019

Flagstaff, Arizona, United States

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There is so little artificial light in Flagstaff that you can see the Milky Way from downtown. The city has banned sweeping searchlights, required outdoor light to be shielded downwards, and switched illumination on a...

NationSwell

Alan Thompson

19 November 2018

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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Monarch butterfly populations, having declined around 90 percent over roughly 20 years, are getting a helping hand from cities like San Antonio. By providing crucial habitat and hosting butterfly-centered festivals, c...

The Huffington Post

Joseph Fox

16 November 2018

Villardeciervos, Zamora, Spain

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In northwestern Spain, the perception of wolves is shifting from "vermin" to "tourist attraction"--a crucial conservation step for the estimated 2,000 wolves remaining in Spain. Thanks to the efforts of conservation g...

NationSwell

Adrienne Day

2 November 2018

United States

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Whether they have access to an excess of land or a spare rooftop on their building in the middle of a cramped city, schools across the United States are making efforts to incorporate more green space into their proper...

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Ian Graber-Stiehl

25 October 2018

United Kingdom

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With climate change altering the ecosystem rapidly, researchers are often overworked as they try to keep up. A new technology that enables greater use of citizen scientists, however, aims to help solve this problem. S...

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