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How the slum women of Ahmedabad led a housing revolution

The Guardian

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The Indian city where Gandhi established his first ashram can be grueling if you live in a slum: 50 ºC temperatures, poor ventilation, no running water. A group of women had had enough and agreed to work with developers.

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New York's Big Climate Plan Really Does Include Oysters

CityLab

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Tottenville, on Staten Island, will get oyster-friendly breakwaters and a dune system as part of post-Sandy rebuilding efforts. The oysters will help revive the ecosystem and sustain the long-term fishing economy.

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A Change in the Weather on Wall Street

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Climate change has a political problem: the countries most affected by it are not the ones in a position to do anything. In many ways, the United States was unconcerned about the issue - until Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast and politicians started to pay attention.

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Loans for Low-Income Homeowners: Darrell Clarke's Plan for Philly

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Detroit offers a model for providing residents with no-interest loans to perform upkeep on their houses, thereby working to stimulate the local construction economy and improve quality of life.

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Foreclosure Is Not an Option

The New York Times

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Foreclosure affects millions of homeowners and millions more owe more on their mortgages than what their homes are worth. Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP), based in Cleveland, OH, offers assistance acting as a negotiating intermediary between loan servicers or lenders and borrowe...

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Cities are finally treating water as a resource, not a nuisance

Vox

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Cities across the world, suffering from increased threats of floods and droughts due to climate change, are finding new ways to manage water, such as reclaiming natural waterways and increasing on spot water absorption.

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In Bangladesh, More Shelter From the Storms

The New York Times

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In a country of limited resources — and perhaps for that very reason — preparing for natural disasters is top of the agenda in Bangladesh. Various grassroots, collaborative programs have been put in place over the years to help address many facets of the calamities caused by cyclones, from improv...

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A Tornado-Stricken City Is Teaching The World How To Build A Disaster-Proof Hospital

Co.Exist

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After a powerful storm destroyed their hospital and left lives at risk, Moore, Oklahoma is rebuilding a new type of facility that can weather a tornado. They are helping other cities learn how to do the same, ensuring that lives can still be saved in the face of such storms.

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The Lady of the Mangroves

Seychelles News Agency

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The 2004 tsunami that hit Asia caused significant damage in the islands of the Seychelles, destroying roads, homes, and shoreline. A teacher determined to restore her home through tangible action took a lead role in helping her students take conservation into their own hands by working to restore...

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Berlin's New Rent Control Laws Are Already Working

CityLab

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Berlin is Germany's number one real estate site, but rent prices had become increasingly unaffordable. A new law introduced in the city controls rental rates from skyrocketing.

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