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The Huffington Post

Stephen Miller

14 September 2020

Alaska, United States

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A small, southeast-Alaskan fishing community banded together to protect the source of its livelihood from industrial fishing. Legislation officially protected 70,000 square miles of pristine waters in 1998. The ban on...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Kevin Knodell

6 September 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Members of the Marine Corps in Hawaii often pull double duty: military training and endangered species protection. For example, in June, the Marines roped off 13 green sea turtle nests on a local beach. Part of their ...

Hakai Magazine

Paul Tullis

Htoo Tay Zar

24 August 2020

Yangon, Myanmar

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In Myanmar, aquaculture production from medium-sized freshwater farms is growing and could be an important and sustainable supplier of food for the world’s growing population. Aquaculture businesses are thriving in So...

Yes! Magazine

Agostino Petroni

24 August 2020

Torre Guaceto, Italy

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Fishers, researchers, and managers came together to create Torre Guaceto, a marine reserve off the coast of Italy. The area was previously exploited, but because of this cooperative management project, biodiversity ha...

The Guardian

Rebecca Smithers

30 July 2020

England, United Kingdom

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The sales of single-use plastic bags has dropped by more than 95 percent in England’s supermarkets since 2015 when a monetary fee was introduced to encourage shoppers to reduce their plastic waste. Despite this reduct...

BBC

Arnel Murga

28 July 2020

Iloilo, Philippines

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Conservations in the Philippines are using indigenous beliefs known as “mariit” — which is the belief that nature is inhabited by unseen dwellers and should be respected and taken care of — to protect the country’s en...

BBC

Rina Diane Caballar

15 July 2020

Philippines

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Since the Philippines relies on boats to transport people and goods across the island nation, a shipbuilding company is designing a new low-carbon alternative of the bangka — a traditional Filipino boat — that uses th...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Claire Caulfield

6 July 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Since single-use plastic usage has increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations in Hawaii are planning beach cleanup events to pick up the plastic waste. Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii’s first beac...

Ensia

Emma Bryce

24 June 2020

Tasmania, Australia

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A researcher in Tasmania is working to create climate-resilient “super-kelp” that could survive in its new climate along the coastline and help absorb carbon to prevent it from being released into the atmosphere. Othe...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Caroline Yu

22 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In partnership with the company Urchinomics, a lab in California is developing a type of feed that helps sea urchins captured in the wild grow so they can sell them for commercial purposes. Sea urchins have been ravag...

The Times-Picayune

Tristan Baurick

6 March 2020

Hoek Van Holland, Netherlands

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As New Orleans and the Louisiana coast become increasingly vulnerable to rising sea levels, the city is looking to the example of the Netherlands in using nature as a tool in coastal preservation. In the Netherlands, ...

The Times-Picayune

Tristan Baurick

Tegan Wendland

6 March 2020

Ter Heidje, Netherlands

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As climate change threatens many countries’ coasts, the Netherlands embarked on an experiment to improve their storm and flood defenses. Called the Zandmotor, this beach project is a nature-based solution to protect t...

Atlas Obscura

Sabrina Imbler

12 February 2020

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States

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The Coral Rescue Project is trying to save coral reefs, and their newest tool is a series of arks at Nova Southeastern University that will house and study corals that are under threat of a mysterious carribean diseas...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Christine McLaren

17 December 2019

Port Stephens, Australia

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In Australia, scientists have developed a method to seed the ocean floor with healthy plants as a way to regrow dying ocean forests vital to the ecosystem. They have also crowdsourced the process, with volunteers coll...

Bitterroot

Levi Pulkkinen

13 December 2019

Oregon, United States

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The world's oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which is a positive thing in the face of climate change for those living on land, but can harm the animals that rely on certain acidification levels of oce...

The Guardian

Jessica Murray

15 November 2019

Sweden

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Greta Thunberg is well-known for leading the youth climate movement, but her habit of using sailboats as a means of transportation is also gaining traction. Facebook groups that help connect sailboat hitchhikers have ...

The Guardian

Christina Larson

4 November 2019

Jamaica

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Coral reefs play a vital role in the ecosystem, but are facing a dire future in many parts of the world. In Jamaica, however, "grassroots-run coral nurseries and fish sanctuaries" have been established over the last d...

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 ...

The Connecticut Mirror

Jan Ellen Spiegel

17 September 2019

Stonington, Connecticut, United States

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To address increased tidal flooding on its shoreline, Stonington, Connecticut, is sticking to a simple principle: "Where possible, work with nature not against it.” Volunteers plant native plants, helping to restore a...

Associated Press

Christina Larson

17 September 2019

Ochos Rios, Jamaica

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In Jamaica, locally-led coral nurseries are working to restore the coral reef that have been lost to natural and manmade disasters. These organizations have small coral gardens where they can grow free of danger and w...

The Guardian

Jo Griffin

14 August 2019

Belize

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To protect the health of Belize's coral reefs and fish populations, the tiny country has implemented restrictions around where and who can fish commercially. This managed access program divides the region's territoria...

NationSwell

Monica Humphries

24 July 2019

Florida, United States

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Visiting Florida, one will find lionfish served as food, captured in derbies, and hunted as part of ecotourism efforts. The invasive species has become widespread and is having a disastrous effect on the coastal ecosy...

Mongabay

Aseanty Pahlevi

3 May 2019

Sungai Nibung, Indonesia

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Offering ecosystems a short break from extractive practices can stave off environmental degradation and overfishing. In Indonesia, regions of the Nibung River are closed for several months to allow populations of fish...

Forbes

Melissa Cristina Márquez

29 April 2019

Bahamas

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The research group, Beneath the Waves, is cultivating cross-sector collaborations with nonprofits, scientists, and individual philanthropists in order to better study the movements and patterns of sharks in the Bahama...

The Guardian

Fiona Harvey

10 April 2019

Cape Town, South Africa

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As demand soars and climate change routinely throws cities into shortage crises, the availability of clean water is one of the most pressing challenges of the present and near future. Desalination has long been lambas...

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