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A Tale of Two Leaks: Fixed in California, Ignored in Alabama

Inside Climate News

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Eight years after a mercaptan spill in Eight Mile, Alabama, its mostly black and working class residents still suffer from respiratory issues, rashes and headaches.

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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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After the floods: York and Nijmegen - a tale of two cities

BBC

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After record-breaking rainfall and flooding, the city of York was at a loss for relief and reconstruction ideas. They turned to the Dutch city of Nijmegen, which had experienced similar flooding and found a solution in building a relief channel.

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Post-Katrina, Vietnamese Success

The New York Times

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Statistical data and observation seem to support the idea that Vietnamese-Americans have experienced a more robust recovery than other ethnic or racial groups in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, due, in theory, to 3 factors: 1) those Vietnamese who could afford to immigrate were wealthier to ...

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Preparing for Disaster by Betting Against It

The New York Times

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, necessity has bred an interesting kind of financial invention for the New York MTA: the world’s first “catastrophe” bond - a reinsurance for the insurer - designed to protect public transportation infrastructure, specifically against storm surge. These bonds priva...

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The Search for Land, Food, and Open Space on Silicon Valley's Coast

Cattle Drive

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Historically, open land conservationists and cattle ranchers in California were rivals but with new research, which praises controlled cattle grazing habits, cows are being welcomed back to open land grasslands, regenerating the habitat and agricultural economy.

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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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Scrooges of the World, Begone!

The New York Times

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Haiti suffered tremendous losses after the 2010 earthquake, exacerbating the devastation in an already impoverished country. In 2015, agriculture in Haiti is a growing business backed by the United States’ Feed the Future Initiative. Nourishment and health of mothers and babies has also improved ...

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Seeing the forest through the trees?

The Pueblo Chieftain

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A new timber mill in Costilla County could majorly improve the forest health of the greater region by thinning undergrowth to reduce risk of wildfires, curbing the spread of invasive insects, and decreasing the demand for water in the face of drought. The mill could also create jobs and further e...

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The City That Unpoisoned Its Pipes

Next City

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The water crisis in Flit, Michigan has left the city in dire straits without funds or political will to replace its lead pipes. Less than fifty-miles away, the city of Lansing has managed to replace almost all of its pipes, even during the Great Recession. Between Flint and Lansing, divergent app...

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