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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...

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...

Ensia

Alessandra Bergamin

9 January 2020

Pisco, Peru

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Microjustice4All, an international legal empowerment organization, provides people in vulnerable communities with legal aid, especially after environmental crises. Another global organization, Namati, trains local par...

WBEZ

Monica Eng

23 December 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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As cities and states across the United States begin to remove lead water pipes, some communities are looking for cost-effective ways to fix them because of the risk of contaminated drinking water. Three cities in the ...

WBEZ

Monica Eng

7 December 2019

Gary, Indiana, United States

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Chicago has thousands of miles of lead pipes supplying water to homes and business, and they all need to be replaced because of the risk of contaminating drinking water. Although this task is difficult, three other ci...

National Geographic

Marc Gunther

5 December 2019

Rwanda

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Stanford University graduate Gayatri Datar founded a nonprofit called EarthEnable that aims to rid the world of dirt floors. EarthEnable sells an earthen floor covered with an environmentally friendly varnish at a cos...

Making Contact

Bobbi Murray

6 November 2019

Fresno, California, United States

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The Central Valley of California has an air pollution problem, so community groups are joining forces under the Central Valley Air Quality Coalition to work together towards change. Although progress is slow, the grou...

Christian Science Monitor

Peter Ford

4 November 2019

France

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Chagrined by its lack of planning that contributed to many deaths in a 2003 heat wave, France developed a coordinated national response that in 2019 cut the death toll by 90% despite even higher temperatures. By payin...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Monica Samayoa

Priyanka Runwal

1 November 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Friends of Trees, a nonprofit organization in the Portland area, are not just planting trees because they help combat climate change and improve air quality, but because they also help stop major flooding and avoid er...

The Washington Post

Steven Mufson

16 October 2019

Doha, Qatar

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In Qatar, where temperatures have reached unbearably high degrees, an engineering professor at Qatar University has designed a way to provide air conditioning to the outdoors. Although the method is arguably not a sol...

Dayton Daily News

Will Garbe

13 October 2019

Minnesota, United States

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Ohio’s drinking water has tested positive for PFAS chemicals, so state officials are looking at what has worked in other states to fund the process of restoring a clean drinking water supply. In Michigan, this looks l...

Bloomberg

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Leila Hussain

30 September 2019

Thailand

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A company in Thailand called Universal Bio Pack created biodegradable packaging made out of cassava starch and natural fiber that could reduce the amount of single use plastic that people consume. Another company in S...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Marian Faa

27 September 2019

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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To prevent the spread of dengue fever, scientists in Queensland partnered with local school children, community groups and businesses to breed and release Wolbachia bacterium. This approach which saw a "93 percent dec...

BBC

Christine Ro

26 September 2019

Bhutan

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Bhutan has committed to eliminating malaria from the country, as in on track to do so thanks in part to the Bhutanese government's consistent persistence to raise public awareness. Arming citizens with mosquito nets, ...

Grady Newsource

Talley Davidson

24 September 2019

Athens, Georgia, United States

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A coffee shop near the University of Georgia has joined the trend of eliminating straws from their beverages in an attempt to play their role in helping the environment. To address the criticism that this could negait...

Yale Environment 360

Jim Morrison

12 September 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Researchers are using citizen science volunteers to more accurately identify hot spots in cities, where some temperatures are significantly higher than their surrounding areas. The data has also shown that there is a ...

Forbes

Christine Ro

3 September 2019

Cape Town, South Africa

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As temperatures across the world increase, many low-income areas are being hit the hardest without anywhere to turn. In South Africa, spray parks are becoming more popular as a solution, providing an inclusive place f...

Global Ground Media

Viola Gaskell

30 August 2019

Beijing, China

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Air pollution plagues much of Asia, but a handful of countries are putting energy and resources towards lessening the rising health concerns that come from breathing unclean air. From leveraging technology to create c...

The Daily Climate

Laurie Mazur

29 August 2019

Missoula, Montana, United States

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Adapting to climate change takes planning and partnerships. In Missoula, Montana, partnerships with nonprofits like Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) and Climate Smart Missoula reinforce the city’s climate planning. TEX c...

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