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Leyland Cecco

4 December 2018

Canada

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After decades of forest devastation coupled with harsh winters, Canada was facing an uncertain future as climate change realities came into focus. To mitigate the damage, the country's government made the decisive mov...

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Angelique Chrisafis

23 November 2018

France

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France's postal office is combatting declining letter-writing by using their services to tackle another problem: the increasing number of elderly people living alone. With the new service "Watch Over my Parents," post...

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Lauren Zanolli

7 November 2018

United States

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As more research has found links between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and negative health outcomes, a growing number of organizations and sectors are incorporating trauma-informed screening and training into t...

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Sandra Laville

23 October 2018

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Over the last ten years, the Isle of Man has worked to implement regulations around plastic pollution, climate change and overfishing. From a locally owned beach clean-up charity to creating marine nature reserves, th...

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Anisa Sabiri

19 October 2018

Penjikent, Tajikistan

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In Tajikistan, a project created by international NGOs with local partners, and funded by the United Kingdom, provides counseling and skills training for families to reduce violence against women. The two regions that...

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Liz Ford

19 October 2018

Tajikistan

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A program in Tajikistan developed to address high rates of abuse against women is showing remarkable results through a combination of family counseling and economic empowerment of women. The pilot project was created ...

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Dan Collyns

18 October 2018

Peru

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Years of illegal gold mining have left much of Peru's forests desolate and the lands poisoned. However, scientists have recently come across one species of tree that is thriving despite the harsh realities of the land...

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Rishika Pardikar

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16 October 2018

Bangalore, India

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Autumn in India is known for the season of bad air quality, largely in part due to stubble-burning, a practice used by farmers to dispose of crop waste. To counter this practice, private companies are coming up with w...

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Kim Willsher

15 October 2018

Dunkirk, France

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Dunkirk, a city of about 200,000 people in France, is experimenting with free bus service for everyone in the city, an initiative that many passengers seem to approve of so far, as shown in higher ridership. While Dun...

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Nicola Davis

10 October 2018

Botswana

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Botswana stands out for its rapidly falling fertility rate; a complex set of factors, including increased access to comprehensive education and contraception, is driving the falling rate. The country's family planning...

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Helen Pidd

1 October 2018

United Kingdom

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Home improvement projects often start with paint, but what happens when all of the purchased paint doesn't get used? Typically, it sits in someone's basement or storage closet with no plan for further use in sight. Co...

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Ammar Kalia

28 September 2018

United Kingdom

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The Think Ahead program in England is training recent college graduates for careers public mental health with a two-year, working Master’s program. These new graduates may be half the age of the average social worker,...

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Oliver Milman

26 September 2018

Florida, United States

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As climate change worsens, species such as coral reefs have been impacted at a detrimental rate. As the reefs begin to die off, so do the species that rely on them. In Florida, however, scientists have found success b...

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Mattha Busby

25 September 2018

Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

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There are an estimated over 200,000 vacant homes across England, and Community Campus 87 is one group attempting to bring those homes back to life. By employing apprentices, some who have experienced homelessness, to ...

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Kate Connolly

23 September 2018

Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany

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Radar, lidar, and sensors guide the world’s first autonomous tram across Potsdam. While not yet commercially viable, the tram is an advancement in driverless technology. It can respond to road hazards faster than a hu...

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Mattha Busby

21 September 2018

United Kingdom

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Incentivizing good behavior is a tried and true tactic often used in child development. However, as the need for better behavior around issues such as recycling and public discord rises, some are finding that going ba...

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Nils Adler

19 September 2018

Kampala, Uganda

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As the population of urban areas in Uganda grows, many farmers are finding that they are running out of space to cultivate successful business in agriculture. One solution that has surfaced has been to build up instea...

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Amrit Dhillon

17 September 2018

New Delhi, India

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To reduce corruption, the Delhi government has begun delivering public services to residents’ doorsteps. Now it’s possible to get a driver license, marriage certificate, and more from the comfort of home—no long lines...

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Tina Rosenberg

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13 September 2018

Zacapa, Guatemala

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Voluntourism, or the practice of western volunteers paying to do service in developing countries, seems like a moral, do-good activity. However, the practice has been proven to have consequences, including reducing th...

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Daniel Boffey

13 September 2018

Zwolle, Netherlands

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The first bicycle path made of recycled plastic opened in the Netherlands and the inventors see it as a way to prove a concept that could be adapted more widely to roadways as Europe works to eliminate plastic waste. ...

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Aditya Chakrabortty

12 September 2018

Finland

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Housing First is a programme aimed at reducing homeless. It is rooted in the premise that “the main thing a homeless person needs is a home. The program has been adopted in Finland, Denmark, Spain, France, and parts o...

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Ewen MacAskill

7 September 2018

Afghanistan

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A British military officer and his Afghanistan translator created a network of interpreters to help push policy changes in the United Kingdom to allow more translators to move to the country with their families. Out o...

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Venetia Rainey

4 September 2018

Trikala, Greece

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To improve government services and fight brain drain, the Greek city of Trikala transformed itself into a hub of innovation. Rather than spend money the city didn’t have, officials partnered with the EU and tech compa...

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Lorenzo Tondo

30 August 2018

Sicily, Italy

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In Italy's farmland traditionally that has traditionally been known to grow wheat, farmers have recently found that growing non-pharmaceutical hemp yields greater profit. Allowing them to hire more workers and produce...

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Aditya Chakrabortty

29 August 2018

Teddington, United Kingdom

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Paul Sinton-Hewitt, founder of the charity Parkrun, never set out to create a revolution. All he wanted was a low-pressure space to run. Now, his organization supports over 1,600 community running events around the gl...

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