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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...

Changing Florida

Sarajane Sullivan

28 March 2019

Gainesville, Florida, United States

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In Florida, a funeral home is specializing in green burial practices – such as hand-digging graves and using biodegradable urns – as a way of lessening the environmental impact that is often associated with both buria...

Ensia

Alessandra Bergamin

8 February 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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An on-going research study out of UC Berkeley's Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health has partnered with youth from the Salinas Valley for two decades to investigate the influence of pesticides on ch...

Making Connections News

Mimi Pickering

18 January 2019

Whitesburg, Kentucky, United States

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Innovative mine reclamation projects across five states in the Appalachian region allow local organizations, schools, and businesses to clean up and utilize abandoned mine land. From a school that's transforming aband...

Christian Science Monitor

Story Hinckley

11 January 2019

Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States

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Grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency empower local communities—and workers—to redevelop abandoned industrial sites. These sites, known as brownfields, are often left in disuse because of the presence of ...

Ensia

Hannah Thomasy

8 January 2019

Rialto, California, United States

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It turns out that bacteria can do a lot more than contaminate water--some species break down toxic chemicals and remove heavy metals. Active sites already clean water in states like Kansas, Utah, Texas, and California...

The Marshall Project

Abbie Vansickle

Manuel Villa

21 December 2018

California, United States

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After San Joaquin County adopted a slew of criminal justice reforms, crime dropped by 20 percent, the lowest number in a decade. One of the things that was implemented were speciality courts aimed at decreasing arrest...

CityLab

Leslie Nemo

28 November 2018

Florida, United States

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The Red Tide that hit the coast of Florida in 2018 resulted in a massive amount of waste and dead sea species washing ashore. With no protocol in place to clean up the toxic mess, counties had to learn while doing. Fr...

Ensia

Lindsey Konkel

27 November 2018

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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Integrated pest management, which uses ecological processes and natural chemicals to control crop-damaging pests, offers an eco-friendly alternative to toxic pesticides. For example, a company in Michigan has rolled o...

The New York Times

Ian Urbina

24 November 2018

Oregon, United States

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An elk hunt in Oregon shows one way states regulate lead ammunition by prohibiting hunters from firing lead bullets in some state wildlife areas. It’s part of a wider effort to eradicate lead ammunition that can conta...

Capital & Main

Judith Lewis Mernit

24 October 2018

Vancouver, Canada

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Years of research across countries has now shown that safe injection facilities correlate with fewer overdose deaths, but the United States as been slow to adopt this solution. Often deemed as controversial on the arg...

CityLab

Jaime Velazquez

13 July 2018

Madrid, Spain

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With a little strategic planning, cities can nurture biodiversity in the urban environment. “Sometimes, small actions can bring incredible results,” says Antonio Morcillo, deputy director for conservation of green are...

Vox

German Lopez

10 May 2018

Richmond, Virginia, United States

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In order to tackle opioid addiction, the state of Virginia found a way to make drug treatment accessible to people with medicaid by boosting “reimbursement rates to addiction treatment providers.” Historically, drug t...

Durango Herald

Jonathan Romeo

7 April 2018

Pueblo, Colorado, United States

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When lead and arsenic levels threatened the communities in Southeastern Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency was asked to step in. In order to have a seat at the table when decisions were being made, communit...

In These Times

Hannah Steinkopf-Frank

8 January 2018

California, United States

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To combat lead poisoning in America's wildlife populations, researchers are leading educational forums. In these conversations, researchers meet with hunters to discuss the benefits of moving away from lead-based bull...

The New York Times

Rachel Cernansky

21 November 2017

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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The Flint crisis displayed the deficiency of knowledge by medical doctors to environmental health concerns. In response, the national medical community is bringing more awarenesses and education to current and future ...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

26 October 2017

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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It's been proven within the cookstove industry that providing free cleaner-energy stoves to those cooking with traditional stoves or over open flame does not work as planned. Inyenyeri, a Rwandan cookstove company how...

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Lauren Wilson

17 October 2017

Toledo, Ohio, United States

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Houses, schools, and childcare centers built before 1978 may pose a lead poisoning health risk. Cities, such as Toledo, are requiring the completion of lead inspections to combat the problem and encourage better home...

The Baltimore Sun

Doug Donovan

Jean Marbella

26 April 2017

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore is home to the nation’s first housing court. Established 70 years ago, the court was supposed to hold landlords accountable for code violations, such as failing to provide heat, remove lead paint, or respond...

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Julie Watts

23 April 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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Prompted by parents concerned about chemicals in car seats a Massachusetts company created an infant seat that is naturally flame-resistant. It's something that most manufacturers have said they cannot do and still co...

Christian Science Monitor

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Zack Colman

28 October 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Even if Blacks and Latinos are more vulnerable to environmental pollution and disasters, very few groups have been working to build awareness around this issues. Fortunately, green groups and foundations are mobilizin...

Bright Magazine

Rachel Cernansky

4 May 2016

Seoul, South Korea

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Nearly 300 people have fallen ill from working in Samsung’s Seoul-located factory. In order to advocate for those that became sick and the rights of current employees, the Supporters for the Health And Rights of Peopl...

Ensia

Rachel Cernansky

1 September 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The U.S. federal government rarely requires manufacturers to list the chemicals in consumer goods outside of food. Various states are starting to enact legislation requiring greater transparency.

Ensia

Elizabeth Grossman

11 August 2015

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Prescription drugs are greatly polluting the national water supply, causing researchers to begin looking for a method to better filter water and dispose of unused medicine.

The New York Times

Amy Yee

21 March 2012

New Delhi, India

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Low-cost filtration plants are finding their place in some of the most underserved areas of India. Making a cultural shift from drinking well water to filtered water isn't well-received by all villages in the country,...

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