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Blavity

Chad Small

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3 February 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Collecting data about environmental risks and resiliency projects facilitates investment and funding. The Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Cities Program and Cities Vulnerability Assessment encourage participating ci...

Washington Post

Ben Guarino

22 January 2020

Munich, Germany

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In an effort to get back to the roots of climate change, Plants for the Planet and other international initiatives plant millions of trees each year to help capture the massive amounts of carbon being released into th...

Ensia

Alessandra Bergamin

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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...

Grist

Scott Shigeoka

23 December 2019

Perdido Beach, Alabama, United States

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Anna Jane Joyne is the daughter of a famous evangelical who founded the highly successful MorningStar Ministries. But she uses her platform and disagreements with her father to propel her work advancing environmental ...

Mongabay

Laura Villadiego

12 November 2019

General Santos City, Philippines

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Efforts to reduce illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing also make fishermen safer at sea. Vessel Monitoring Mechanisms (VMM) and electronic catch documentation (eCDT) track the origin of fish headed to ma...

Grist

Scott Shigeoka

29 October 2019

Morris, Minnesota, United States

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Voices for Rural Resilience is an organization that spurs collaboration amongst rural farmers on addressing issues of climate change. Anna Claussen, the founder, says that there are misconceptions of rural America and...

Yes! Magazine

Timothy A. Wise

26 October 2019

Cuetzalán, Puebla, Mexico

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A collection of remote villages in Mexico have banded together to create "a union of cooperatives that is achieving food sovereignty through agroecology." Their efforts started in the 1990s, when corporations were loo...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

25 October 2019

London, United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom has started cracking down on high-emission vehicle drivers by creating restricted zones that fine drivers of cars that emit a designated amount of pollution into the air; the carbon emissions in thi...

CityLab

Lindsey J. Smith

16 October 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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A floating prototype in the San Francisco bay - envisioned by researchers at California College of Art - is testing the sustainability and possibilities of the creation of floating buildings. The structure, which has ...

Blavity

Chad Small

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23 September 2019

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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Researchers, policy makers and activists have joined together to embed within a community in Brooklyn in order to encourage local control over climate change problems and solutions. From playing jeopardy, which combin...

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Melanie La Rosa

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19 September 2019

Puerto Rico

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After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, knocking out power across the country, solar energy has stepped in to be a sustainable possibility. Such efforts have included lobbying local legislatures to incentivize communit...

Mississippi Public Broadcasting

Alexandra Watts

17 September 2019

Mound Bayou, Mississippi, United States

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Mound Bayou, Mississippi has been in the middle of a food desert for well over 50 years, as fresh produce is hard to come by for this small Mississippi Delta town. However, a local farmers' market has begun to change ...

NBC News

Linda Givetash

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17 August 2019

Sweden

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All over the world, more than 2 million children and teens are participating in classroom walkouts in an effort to bring attention to the severity of climate change. Called, Fridays for the Future, leaders of the move...

The Guardian

Oliver Franklin-Wallis

17 August 2019

England

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After decades of recycling plastic, the world is now coming to terms with the waste industry it has created, and seeking more sustainable models. One promising model is material recovery facilities, like England’s Gre...

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...

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Priscilla Totiyapungprasert

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29 July 2019

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Grassroots organization can generate change in carbon emissions practices at the community level. In Phoenix, the Chispa nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and social justice, is working to get schools...

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Barbara Brown Wilson

8 July 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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In many low-income neighborhoods, new green infrastructure elements and green spaces signal the beginnings of gentrification. A coalition in one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Portland, Oregon is draw...

Gulfshore Life

Jennifer Reed

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1 July 2019

Sanibel, Florida, United States

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On Sanibel Island, Florida, residents know all too well the intensive steps necessary to clean up polluted water. Like many other bodies of water in Florida and across the country, the city has suffered from "nutritio...

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Amelia Axelsen

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21 June 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Nature-based solutions to climate change involve strategic use of greenery to staunch the negative impacts of climate change broadly, but these solutions also have been proven to increase jobs and contribute to the ov...

Time

Suyin Hayes

16 May 2019

Stockholm, Sweden

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Climate change activist, Greta Thunberg, has sparked global action. The 16-year-old has started marches totalling over 1.5 million people, continuous protests and strikes, and spoken to world leaders at events such as...

CityLab

Allison C. Meier

13 May 2019

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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As the monarch butterfly nears endangerment, cities across the US are integrating butterfly-friendly spaces into their urban environments. Such spaces reside in schools, firehouses, parks, and more, and they enable th...

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Chad Reich

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2 May 2019

Appalachia, Ohio, United States

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After the legacy of acid mine drainage from abandoned coal mines in Appalachian Ohio, there are several initiatives working to clean up the rivers and streams. Change-agents from universities, local organizations, and...

Quartz

Akshat Rathi

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1 May 2019

London, United Kingdom

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Extinction Rebellion, a United Kingdom-based environmental group, has been using civil disobedience – blocking traffic, painting graffiti, or gluing themselves to trains – to increase discussion and action against the...

Yes! Magazine

Deonna Anderson

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30 April 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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The Sogorea Te Land Trust is an intertribal women-led organization that is working to reclaim ownership of land in the Bay Area that Ohlone people have lived on for centuries. They regained access to the land through ...

Bitterroot

Kimberly Cauvel

19 April 2019

Eureka, Montana, United States

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The gray wolf was on the Endangered Species list when they were first reintroduced to the West in 1995, and although they have made an impressive comeback, there is now a debate between ranchers and environmentalists ...

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