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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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Five years after quake, emerging northern Haiti faces challenges

The Seattle Times

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Five years after the earthquake in Haiti, foreign investment has not delivered all that was promised, but some projects have materialized, such as access to electricity in the city of Madras.

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Hawaii's Longshot for Governor

Motherboard

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Hawaii has burned oil to receive the majority of its energy and paid billions every year to import. With such an expense and environmentally unsound method, the state needed alternative forms of sustainable energy. In 2014, Honolulu became “America’s solar capital” and a man who spearheaded the ...

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In the Pastures of Colombia, Cows, Crops, and Timber Coexist

Yale E360

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Colombia’s National Development Plan for cattle ranching seeks to reduce pasture land from 94 million acres to 70 million acres while increasing cattle numbers from 23 million head to 40 million. The program focuses on planting trees on grazing land and the "cut and carry method," whereby farmers...

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Playing With Toys and Saving Lives

The New York Times

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Many different people are inventing health devices for resource-poor settings, but some organizations - like M.I.T.’s Little Devices group - are empowering developing communities and increasing access to healthcare by building medical devices that nurses and doctors in very poor settings can adap...

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Political will at the heart of Indian Ocean climate change solutions

Diplomat East Africa

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The Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge is an initiative that unites those islands and coastal nations on the Indian Ocean to unite in efforts to develop and use resources sustainably while combating the negative effects of rapid climate change. Focus on food security, protecting vulnerable ar...

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Quick Change That Lasts for the Long Term

The New York Times

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Rapid Results Initiatives are micro social change projects that a village, government office, or business will work accomplish in just 100 days. They have proven to be sustainably effective at various tasks because they create a sense of local ownership and empowerment within the community that...

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How to Protect Foreign Aid? Improve It

The New York Times

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One of two columns on Cash on Delivery, a new, hands-off, no-bureaucracy method of foreign aid: countries set goals and get financial incentives and rewards only when they successfully meet them on-the-ground practical solutions, The concept comes from the Center for Global Development, and could...

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How to Grow a Social Business

The New York Times

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Two columns on microconsignment, a new variation on microcredit that helps poor people living in developing countries - particularly women in rural villages - start small social businesses without taking on debt or requiring previous business skills. The organization, Soluciones Comunitarias, par...

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A Green Revolution, This Time for Africa

The New York Times

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The Green Revolution in Asia and Latin America never spread to Africa, due to the continent's varied climate, degraded soil and lack of infrastructure. Now, scientists look to develop a high grossing wheat seed to bring a new green revolution to Africa.

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