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7 hopeful climate stories from around the world

Center for Global Development

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Evidence continues to build that humans are contributing to a climate change issue that is nothing but bad news for the planet. Hopeful stories from seven countries, including India, Indonesia, and China, show that efforts to combat climate change might finally be working.

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After the Wars, Common Ground in Oregon's Forests

Investigate West

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Summer in the Northwest presents great risk of wildfires. A pile burning operation, just one facet of the strategy that Oregon has enacted in conserving its forests, clears undergrowth to lessen the risk of megafire.

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At a Big Church, a Small Group Health Solution

The New York Times

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The best way to lose weight is to join a small group. Two columns on groups in churches and the workplace – and how to design them so they work.

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At a YMCA Near You, a Course for a Diabetic Nation

The New York Times

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We know how to prevent diabetes - but the U.S, medical system, with its twisted priorities, doesn’t cover prevention. A new program at the YMCA aims to build structured, effective prevention measures.

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Closing the Broccoli Gap

The New York Times

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The lack of access to healthy food has always been a problem for the financially unstable. Food stamps can now be used to buy fresh produce at farmers markets, but greater success could be achieved by getting grocery stores involved.

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Delta Blues, Part 1: The Battle to Keep Ho Chi Minh City Above Water

WWNO

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Geography and climate change challenge the viability of coastal cities in Vietnam. An architect in Ho Chi Minh City designed green roofs to absorb the rainwater which causes floods.

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FDA's ‘terrible policy error' blocks simple step to prevent fatal birth defects

The Seattle Times

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The life-saving vitamin folic acid is added to flour in the United States, but Hispanics tend to eat little flour. Adding folic acid to corn flour would reduce birth defects in Hispanic women in the U.S.

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Fruit, Not Fries: Lunchroom Makeovers Nudge Kids Toward Better Choices

NPR

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With child obesity on the rise, public school students have lacked the motivation and access to eat healthy food. Different programs around the country aim to improve student diet in public schools, including Real Eats for Academics and Life in Los Angeles and Cornell’s Smarter Lunchrooms Movemen...

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Helping Brazil's Poor Heal at Home

The New York Times

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• Physical illnesses trigger and exacerbate poverty because costs are too high to treat them. The Associação Saúde Criança in Rio de Janeiro counsels poor, urban families with ill children. Volunteers assist families with food, medicine, vocational training, housing, legal aid, among other servic...

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Improving School Lunch by Design

The New York Times

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The San Francisco Unified School District is piloting a collaboration with the design firm IDEO to re-imagine the school food system and help combat childhood obesity by better designing the space and the experience of how children eat, as much as the type of food they consume.

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