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David Sands

14 December 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, a coalition of nonprofits and organizations are coming together to transform buildings into resilience centers. A resilience center is a hub that people can go to for help, especially in moments of a natur...

The New York Times

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Tariro Mzezewa

14 December 2021

Mayfield, Kentucky, United States

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Advances in meteorological technology have helped drive down the fatality rate from tornadoes in the U.S. to a fraction of what it was a century ago. Violent tornadoes rarely evade advance detection, thanks to weather...

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Léopold Salzenstein

Rafiqul Islam Montu

2 December 2021

Bangladesh

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In 1970 Cyclone Bhola hit Bangladesh. It killed up to 500,000 people. Since then, the country has revamped its emergency disaster preparedness through a multipronged process, reducing its cyclone-related deaths by 100...

Bloomberg

Julia Hotz

19 November 2021

New York, New York, United States

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From New York City to Texas, localities are using oysters to protect themselves from flooding. They are dropping oysters along the coast for baby oysters to grown on, ultimately leading to the creation of wall-like re...

Mongabay

Keith Anthony S. Fabro

7 October 2021

Philippines

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When Typhoon Haiyan hit the island of Busuanga in the western Phillipines it brought imminent destruction. It prompted residents, especially the women of the island, to rehabilitate the mangrove forests. Apart from st...

StateImpact Pennsylvania

Madison Goldberg

5 August 2021

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States

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In many cities, rainwater is drained through "grey infrastructure" things like pipes, streets, etc. In some cities, this system is combined with the sewage system. Rainwater drains into the sewage system, is then cle...

Transitions Online

Zdenka Kovarikova

3 August 2021

Czech Republic

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Cervene Pecky and Dolany, two small towns in Prague, were able to fix their flooding problems through a process known as land consolidation. Prior to the land consolidation, the towns would get flooded by rainwater. ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Oliver Gordon

20 July 2021

Mexico

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In Mexico, the Mesoamerican Reef, a 100-mile long coral reef system, the second largest in the word, is insured. The insurance policy is the result of a collaboration between the local government, hotel owners, an in...

BBC

Kamala Thiagarajan

15 June 2021

India

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In the South Indian coast, erosion is leading to disappearing beaches. A study found that this erosion was in part due to man-made structures like a harbor that was built in the late 80s, groynes, and seawalls. These ...

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Veronika Perkova

5 May 2021

Placencia, Belize

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After a hurricane hit the coast of Belize in 2001, it essentially destroyed the coral reefs in Laughing Bird Caye National Park. Lisa Carne wanted to start transplanting coral to regrow the reefs, but it took five yea...

Yes! Magazine

Aallyah Wright

6 April 2021

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Grassroots organizers filled the gap left by local and state governments in the wake of back-to-back winter storms in Mississippi. Community organizers like the People’s Advocacy Institute stepped in to provide basic ...

USA Today

Andrew Yawn

19 February 2021

New Roads, Louisiana, United States

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Pecan Acres in Louisiana is known as Flood City since many residents can’t remember a time when their homes weren’t impacted by rising waters. To help these people, the state has started a relocation project to move t...

The Counter

Carmen Russo

22 December 2020

New York, New York, United States

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As a way to soften the impacts of a future storm, an artificial oyster reef was installed in New York City. This green infrastructure can absorb the shock of waves and decrease the amount of flooding, as well as build...

Mongabay

Manish Kumar

26 August 2020

Ventakraipur, Odisha, India

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Two decades after a massive cyclone killed close to 10,000 people in India's Odisha state, the government's efforts to protect coastal villages vulnerable to cyclones and tsunamis has produced a host of safety measure...

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Antionette Kerr

27 May 2020

North Carolina, United States

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Mobilized to help North Carolina’s second-poorest county recover from two major hurricanes over the past four years, the Robeson County Disaster Recovery Coalition pivoted to provide COVID-19 relief and brace for the ...

New Haven Independent

Ambika Samarthya-Howard

20 January 2020

Puerto Rico, United States

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La Maraña, a nonprofit in Puerto Rico, created a model for how communities could recover from disasters like the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017. By including community voices in the design and planning ...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Wyatt Massey

27 August 2019

Decatur, Alabama, United States

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Rather than wait for disaster to strike, a network of churches across the Southern United States brings volunteers together to pack buckets with the essentials to prepare for families whose homes have been damaged by ...

Carolina Public Press

John Sharpe

26 July 2019

North Carolina, United States

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Coastal cities across South and North Carolina are considering the benefits of underground power lines. With hurricane winds doing major damage to above-ground lines, buried lines often go unharmed, leaving residents ...

CBS News

Nichole Marks

21 July 2019

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Designing room for rivers and coastlines can mitigate catastrophe. Following a massive flood in 1953, the Dutch government reallocated its resources toward disaster prevention and mitigation. Through measures like bui...

Vox

Kimberly Mas

Diana Budds

11 June 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Resilient infrastructure is one way to prepare cities for the unpredictable effects of climate change. In Staten Island, which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, officials have secured millions in funding to build a s...

Vox

Anne N. Connor

3 June 2019

Beaufort, North Carolina, United States

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Instead of building hard seawalls to protect communities from hurricanes, some are turning to “living shorelines.” These are made out of crushed rock or oyster shells that are placed offshore in front of a wetland. Th...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

3 June 2019

Ganjam, Odisha, India

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A group of women in the state of Odisha, India works as the district's disaster responders in an area that has seen a record number of monsoons and other tropical storms. The women, many of whom live in the region's m...

Ensia

Laurie Mazur

23 April 2019

De Soto, Missouri, United States

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Connecting residents affected by flooding to networks of expertise turns victims into activists. In De Soto, Missouri, the Citizen’s Committee for Flood Relief found support from Higher Ground, a nonprofit organizatio...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

21 March 2019

Gundalba, Odisha, India

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Biodiversity and forest cover in Gundalba rebounded after a women-led group started using whistles and rotational patrols to scare away timber smugglers and woodcutters. The group also helped neighboring villages coor...

Pacific Standard

Karim Doumar

1 November 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Hunters Point South Park, a newly built park in Queens, NY, is functioning as a community space even before the addition of low- and middle- income housing slated for the area. But even more than that, the park has al...

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