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Richland Source

Katie Ellington

21 August 2020

Ashland, Ohio, United States

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As a way to raise funds and awareness for stormwater education, some cities are turning rain barrels into an art exhibit. Rain barrels catch water as it runs off rooftops, which can be used later for watering plants. ...

Yale Environment 360

Jon Hurdle

20 August 2020

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Once known for being dirty, the Delaware River is being cleaned up by nonprofits and government entities to the point where they’re encouraging people to swim in it again. The Camden County Municipal Utilities Authori...

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...

Mongabay

Vaishnavi Rathore

13 April 2020

Sudher, Himachal Pradesh, India

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A group of women volunteers, known as the Mahila Mandal, from Sudher in India are fighting against the dumping of garbage in their village and the pollution and potential negative health effects that come with it. Des...

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Valerie Vande Panne

3 February 2020

Lake George, New York, United States

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Brining roads before a snowstorm makes clearing roads easier and reducing the amount of salt runoff into the surrounding environment. In cities like Lake George, NY, and Cambridge, MA, municipal departments of transpo...

Mongabay

Mou Chakraborty

17 December 2019

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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For decades, Sumita Banerjee has mobilized her community to save the Rabindra Sarovar lake. The lake preserves floral species, generates oxygen, and offers green space for locals to enjoy, but it’s threatened by gover...

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Emily Nonko

20 November 2019

Peoria, Illinois, United States

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Green infrastructure provides a return on investment and improves the quality of life in a community. In Peoria, Illinois, the city’s Public Works Department has piloted several green infrastructure initiatives with t...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Brian Albrecht

10 November 2019

Ohio, United States

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Toxic green algae has become a prominent threat in Lake Erie, but local farmers are trying to reduce their footprint by limiting agricultural nutrient runoff from manure and fertilizer that is spread on their farm fie...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Brian Albrecht

10 November 2019

Chesapeake, Ohio, United States

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The Great Lakes region is becoming overtaken by algal blooms, but reduction efforts from past projects are helping to create a guide for a way forward. The Chesapeake Bay Program – a multi-state and multi-agency effor...

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...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Olivia Cuthbert

30 August 2019

Palm Island, Lebanon

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In a stark juxtaposition to Lebanon’s polluted beaches, just 150 off the coast lies Palm Island – more commonly known as Rabbit Island – seeking to remain pristine and pollution-free. Promapir, an EU-funded collaborat...

Vox

Matthew Zeitlin

27 August 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Across the world, countries are reckoning with its astounding single-use plastic bag waste by instituting legislation that taxes or all-out bans them. Research has shown that taxing the bags has been a more effective ...

Christian Science Monitor

David Karas

15 August 2019

Annapolis, Maryland, United States

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After decades of conservation and cleanup, the 42% of the entire Chesapeake Bay meets water quality standards. The Chesapeake Bay Program organized a regional collaboration between nonprofits, the government, and educ...

Los Angeles Times

Susan Spillman

19 July 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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For one family, living plastic-free was a lifestyle decision made after they learned more about the harm that plastic waste causes. The Watt family lives as plastic-free as possible – carrying their own utensils, buyi...

Ensia

Anja Krieger

16 July 2019

Berlin, Germany

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As people around the world become increasingly aware of the harmful nature of plastic use, bioplastics have risen in popularity. But the term “bioplastic” actually means different things and the type of bioplastics ou...

Gulfshore Life

Jennifer Reed

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

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...

The Devil Strip

Rosalie Murphy

3 June 2019

Akron, Ohio, United States

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Fifty years ago, Ohio's Cuyahoga River was filthy, so much so that an infamous fire had to help spark the conversation around water pollution and cleanliness. Now, the river is making a comeback after the introduction...

The Washington Post

Peter Holley

29 April 2019

London, United Kingdom

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The London Marathon debuted a new, environmentally conscious way of keeping runners hydrated: edible seaweed pouches filled with sports drink. The pouches, or “Ooho,” created by Skipping Rocks Labs, can be eaten along...

Changing Florida

Carolina Lopez

17 April 2019

Florida, United States

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Oceans Habitats, Inc. has built and installed over 1,600 mini-reefs in Florida to bring aquatic life back to the canals and to improve the water quality. Water filters through these artificial reefs made out of propyl...

EcoWatch

Madison Dapcevich

14 March 2019

New York, New York, United States

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An innovative solution to the massive amount of plastic in our oceans is a new startup called Loliware. It produces 100% biodegradable straws "that look, feel, and act like plastic" but are actually made of seaweed. N...

The Huffington Post

Nick Visser

23 February 2019

Port Vila, Vanuatu

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What started as a Facebook campaign to ban plastic bags has become legislation in the island country of Vanuatu. The country has banned many single-use plastics, including bags, drinking straws, and containers, and ho...

Ensia

Stephanie Hemphill

23 January 2019

Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States

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In Green Bay, Wisconsin, farmers are experimenting with BMPs, or best management practices, to farm their land in a way that protects the environment and decrease algae in the water. Five years into the pilot program,...

The Guardian

Jim Waterson

11 January 2019

London, United Kingdom

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National newspapers and mailers could do a lot to reduce plastic waste. Take a look at the UK's Guardian. In response to reader comments, the newspaper has stopped wrapping its deliveries in plastic, switching instead...

Yale Environment 360

Ret Talbot

10 January 2019

Miami, Florida, United States

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As corals die-off globally, research groups around the world are working on a suite of remedies. From Australia to Florida, scientists are breeding resilient corals strains, transplanting healthy corals to new areas, ...

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