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Rwanda Dispatch

Aimable Twahirwa

14 September 2021

Kigali, Rwanda

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A pilot program is using drones to spray anti-Malaria pesticides in high-incidence regions. The spraying drones have a 10-liter on-board tank that holds a biological insecticide, which uses bacteria that impacts larva...

Science Africa

Sharon Atieno

2 March 2021

Siaya County, Kenya

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To increase hygiene and sanitation practices, a community in Kenya has begun installing safe toilets (SaTos). Although not all can afford the SaTos and there are safety concerns if not installed properly, users have r...

Climate Tracker

Vaishnavi Rathore

19 February 2021

India

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Fly ash bricks help reduce construction waste by utilizing the powdery by-product of burning coal. They are a green replacement for red clay bricks, which contribute to 5-15% of India’s emissions. They also utilize wa...

Belt Magazine

Nina Misuraca Ignaczak

18 February 2021

Flint, Michigan, United States

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A community-based water testing and lead-education pilot program aimed to rebuild confidence and trust among Flint residents, who are skeptical of state-affiliated testing. Trained students collected water samples tha...

Wired

Sidney Fussell

14 January 2021

Flint, Michigan, United States

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BlueConduit, an analytics startup, applies statistical models to identify neighborhoods and households that might have lead pipes. The models include dozens of factors, such as the age of the home and proximity of oth...

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...

The Washington Post

Jessica Wolfrom

10 December 2020

Alexandria, Virginia, United States

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Mason & Greens is a zero-waste store that reduces environmental impact by selling package-free items, from shampoo bars to organic produce. Dry goods and the wines, oils, and kombucha on tap are bought with reusable c...

Ensia

Debora MacKenzie

8 December 2020

China

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Public health experts are strategizing for how to combat the next pandemic by learning from what failed to prevent the most recent coronavirus pandemic. From increasing surveillance of viruses to using diagnostic tech...

The Huffington Post

Rachel Ramirez

1 December 2020

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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With rising temperatures occurring all over the world, cities are implementing plans to combat heat waves and protect its residents. The city of Ahmedabad in India has been a model for heat resiliency after it created...

The Washington Post

Jim Morrison

Jovelle Tamayo

24 November 2020

Fidalgo Island, Washington, United States

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The Swinomish tribe in Washington state is combining traditional knowledge and science to combat the effects of climate change and improve the health of its land, water, and people. In recent years, their salmon harve...

Connecticut Health Investigative Team

Jenifer Frank

23 November 2020

Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

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Cities throughout Connecticut have long struggled to enact a successful response to the statewide lead-poisoning problem, but the city of Bridgeport stands out as a model for how to get results by taking proactive act...

Grist

Brianna Baker

20 November 2020

United States

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“In 2015, nearly 21 million U.S. residents relied on water systems that violate the standards set by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.” Meena Sankaran is helping to reverse the trend. Her startup, KETOS, uses analy...

The Washington Post

Justin Sondel

29 October 2020

Niagara Falls, New York, United States

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The Maid of the Mist has given tours of Niagara Falls for 174 years, and recently replaced its fleet with electric catamarans, the first of their kind in North America. The boats are zero-emission and run on dual bank...

Voice of America (VOA)

Amy Yee

24 September 2020

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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After experiencing a high rate of drownings among children due to the number of rivers and ponds in the country, a non-profit organization in Bangladesh has been offering swim lessons to children in rural areas that a...

The Guardian

Rebecca Ratcliffe

27 August 2020

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Injecting mosquito eggs with Wolbachia, a naturally occurring bacteria, is showing promise for reducing the cases of dengue in parts of Indonesia. Although dengue cases have been increasing, in areas of Indonesia wher...

InsideHook

Brendan Crowley

14 August 2020

New York, New York, United States

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New York's Hard Hat Cats turns feral cats into working animals, deploying teams in outdoor spaces and indoor workplaces with rat infestations. Breweries, a prison, and other buildings have seen their rat populations p...

Hakai Magazine

Stephenie Livingston

13 August 2020

Bali, Indonesia

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LINI for Reef to Aquarium, works with local villagers to implement sustainable fishing practices and restore reef habitats damaged by neurotoxins used to catch fish for the saltwater aquarium fish trade. LINI, with th...

The Hechinger Report

Rebecca Klein

23 May 2020

Duck Hill, Mississippi, United States

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Through the Achieving Sustainability Through Education and Economic Development Solutions (ASEEDS) Creek Rangers program, teens and community leaders are raising awareness of the effects of climate change in their sma...

BBC

Vittoria Traverso

4 May 2020

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

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New technology is helping urban planners and developers better identify which trees could help cities reduce air pollution. In Ontario, the city of Oakville adopted a new software that resulted in planners halting the...

BBC

Harriet Constable

26 April 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Major populated cities such as New York and London were once regarded as "death traps," but a series of deadly outbreaks led to structural changes that worked to improve the public health outcomes for those living the...

Teen Vogue

Megan Janetsky

24 April 2020

Caquetá, Colombia

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In Colombia, the organization Humanity & Inclusion has hired women in local areas like Caquetá to help demine formerly war-torn lands. In areas with violent histories, trust is crucial, thus the hiring of local reside...

Inkline

Nithin Coca

21 April 2020

Indonesia

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The degradation of peatlands is a public health and climate change issue. Organizations in Indonesia are working to understand these wetlands better by mapping the location of them throughout the country and around th...

BBC

Anisa Subedar

14 April 2020

United Kingdom

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Noise pollution can have negative impacts on health, but researchers in different parts of the world are working on projects that all aim to address this concern. Some solutions – such as concrete structures surroundi...

The Guardian

Jacob Kushner

16 March 2020

Haiti

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Haiti has gone an entire year without any new reported cases of cholera, which is a significant accomplishment for the country that once faced 800,000 cases of the infectious disease. Although it's too soon to declare...

Grist

Zoya Teirstein

25 February 2020

Old Harbor, Alaska, United States

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An initiative called the Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research is the state’s first coordinated testing effort to ensure that harvesters are not selling shellfish that contain paralytic shellfish poisoning. The progr...

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