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Amazing New Process Treats Wastewater, Captures Carbon and Makes Renewable Energy

Alternet

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Cleaning up wastewater can often be a process that harms the environment. But an electrochemical reaction that absorbs more CO2 than it releases while creating renewable energy could transform emission-heavy industries.

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Avoiding the Curse of the Oil-Rich Nations

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To avoid the toxic effects of dependence on oil revenues, countries could take those revenues and give them out to the people. How the Alaska model could end the resource curse.

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Could adorable tiny tech backpacks save the honeybees?

The Christian Science Monitor

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Concerned with colony collapse syndrome in honey bees worldwide, scientists, farmers and tech companies teamed up in Australia to create a micro-sensor that collects data on the bee's environment.

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Fighting back a rising tide

Politico

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Bangladesh is fighting rising sea levels due to climate change. It's doing so with the help of foreign money and Dutch-inspired engineering.

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Living-wage' movement growing in region

Orange County Register

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In the past five years, as federal and state minimum wage levels failed to keep pace with the cost of living, and as the recession took its toll, the living wage movement has accelerated. Across the United States, more than 125 cities and counties have enacted ordinances or passed ballot initiati...

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How cities are searching for solutions among massive mounds of data

The Globe and Mail

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New York City suffered from fires that erupted in overcrowded, run-down apartments. Then the city sleuthed through residential records and found that landlords who foreclosed let their properties fall apart and ignored safety-code violations. Greater Toronto wants to expand upon New York City’s m...

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How Milwaukee Went Soft on Crime

Politico Magazine

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Milwaukee once had volatile police inner-city neighborhood tensions with prevalent violent crime. In addition to fostering relationships between residents and the police, the police force has experienced reforms. They include using Big Data to identify crime hot spots, bringing cops back into th...

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How to Grow More Food with Less Water

Ensia

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Water shortages caused by drought have increased across the globe, and farmers are faced with economic burdens. The U.S. government has developed different sensors for irrigation devices that gauge water demand and help conserve use.

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Immigrants Welcome Here

The New York Times

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Immigrants are increasingly settling in the United States, but their cultural adjustments present economic and social challenges. Different states have started welcoming initiatives to aid in foreigners in their transition. Welcoming Tennessee has organized community gatherings and public talks, ...

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In Aleppo, cell phones are helping some desperate Syrians find clean water

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In war zones, people have a difficult time finding clean water and safe areas to inhabit. Social media, smart phones, and technology applications are aiding in people’s survival. In Aleppo, Syria, the International Committee of the Red Cross posted a map on Facebook to show alternative sources o...

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