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The Floating Gardens of Bangladesh

The New York Times

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Each year the brown waters of the Gumani river swell during the summer monsoon, creeping over the surrounding fields to flood Charbhangura, a village of 2,500 people in the Pabna district of northwest Bangladesh - when the fields flood, the farmers have no work. Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha train...

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

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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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Growing A Solution To California's Groundwater Crisis

National Geographic

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Due to drought and water shortage in California's Central Coast, community members collaborate with local government to create better water usage systems from runoff and to recycle waste water in order to irrigate crops.

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Hot, Crowded and Smart

Next City

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For the past three years, water levels in the San Antonio Edwards Aquifer have decreased to uncomfortable levels and drought periods may continue as the population booms. The San Antonio Water System organization has set up rules to limit water use and has recycled water for conservation frugal i...

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Home on the range

Earth Island

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A robust population of grizzly bears can be an indicator of healthy land; however, the bears also can destroy grain bins, consume vegetation, and kill livestock. Ranchers work with the Canadian government and local conservation groups to protect their resources with bear-proof grain bins and elec...

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Out of India's Trash Heaps, More Than a Shred of Dignity

The New York Times

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Throughout India, wastepickers – people who scour landfills for garbage they can sell to recyclers – live at the bottom of society. But the city of Pune did something radical: with the help of a collective, they did away with expensive garbage trucks, and now all household garbage is collected by...

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Paying our nation's home utility bills this winter

Urban Institute

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Federal spending on utilities and repairs in public housing across the country has spiked dramatically, leaving system resources drained and creating a heavy burden for taxpayers to bear. Investments in energy efficient retrofits could dramatically slash costs, help preserve the natural environme...

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In Grizzly country, what do you do with a dead cow?

Modern Farmer

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When cattle die on ranches in Montana, they can attract grizzly bears that can come dangerously close landowners, ranches, and living livestock. Blackfoot Challenge, a coalition of ranchers and landowners who work with the government, collects and composts dead cattle into odorless woodchips. The...

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Recycled Kitchens, Salvaged Splendor

The New York Times

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Renovating and furnishing a home can be hugely expensive. Homeowners who are renovating on a budget can find used luxury kitchens and other lightly used fixtures at stores like Green Demolitions.

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Recycling Unused Medicines to Save Money and Lives

The New York Times

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One in five seniors reports cutting back on basics like food or heat to afford prescription drugs - for many, cutting back on medicine led to faster health declines, increased hospitalizations and premature death. Sirum, a new nonprofit, was designed to make it easy for institutions to donate med...

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