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From fish to pipes, Minnesota firms see opportunity in growing water challenge

Minnesota Public Radio

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Creating an indoor aquaculture operation in an old brewery is, oddly enough, using surprisingly little water.

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Chicago Charter Network Specializes in Dropouts

Education Week

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Chicago's progress in driving down the dropout rate is in part because of a network of charter schools around the city that provide small, alternative programs that specialize in serving recovered dropouts or students at high risk of becoming dropouts.

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4 Startups Revolutionizing How Food Is Produced in the U.S.

NationSwell

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University research in Kansas and California is providing technical solutions for small farmers to help them compete against large scale farms.

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Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems?

High Country News

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Clean water and healthy ecosystems are becoming increasingly difficult to come by. With floating islands and other inventions, eco-entrepreneur Bruce Kania thinks that biomimicry - such as reconstructing wetlands and growing biofilms - can tackle the toughest of water problems.

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When Life Gives You Rainwater, Make Shrimp Ponds

WWNO

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Farmers in Vietnam face rising sea levels but rejected the city's water engineering projects. They prefer gradual measures to cope with climate change so scientists have allowed the farmers to steer the conversation.

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Better Together

WWNO

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Louisiana and Vietnam both need affordable solutions to rising sea levels. Leaders from Vietnam visited Louisiana to compare ideas.

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Researchers around the world are learning from indigenous communities. Here's why that's a good thing.

Ensia

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In the Northwestern Territories of Canada, wildlife biologists received unfavorable critiques from indigenous communities for how they were going about with their caribou studies. By forming relationships with the indigenous peoples, they were able to change their approach and learn from the loca...

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How Weeds Could Help Feed Billions in a Warming World

Yale E360

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The demand for food crops is increasing globally while the crop resilience is decreasing due to a warming climate and elevated CO2 levels. Scientists in Washington, DC are testing how to cross food crops with weeds, which have resilience against heat and many other environmental challenges.

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Can Bats Reduce Nut Farmers' Pesticide Use?

Ensia

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In California some farms lose up to 10 percent of their crop due to coddling moths. Davis University is measuring the impact bats have on various walnut farms, such as potential savings from reduced insecticide use and crop loss to insects.

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How to Beat Dengue and Zika: Add a Microbe to Mosquitoes

The Atlantic

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The dengue virus is spread by mosquito and infects 400 million people every year with no vaccine or successful treatment. Scientists have started to inject mosquitoes with a bacteria they have found to stop the virus to prevent and control the spread of dengue. Trials have shown success in Austra...

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