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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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Bangladesh volunteers learn to make a life-or-death difference in a disaster

The Guardian

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In the wake of the Rana Plaza collapse, Bangladeshi civilians—often first on the scene of disasters in poorer countries–are being trained to support emergency teams.

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The Dawn of the Evidence-Based Budget

The New York Times

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When we consider the vast sums that governments spend — and the responsibility public officials bear — it seems crazy that policy makers don’t routinely make good use of evidence. The new White House effort to base spending decisions on hard evidence is a step toward delivering more social good p...

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Cities Saving States

Foreign Policy

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Nigeria is arguably the worst-run of the world’s major countries. This country, and its biggest city Lagos, may show how fragile states can begin to succeed: devolve more power to their cities.

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Rio Doce grassroots response arises out of Fundão mining disaster

Mongabay

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More than six months after a mining tailings dam broke in Brazil, killing 19 people and polluting the 530-mile length of the Rio Doce, grassroots groups have arisen to take action and seek justice.

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Holland is relocating homes to make more room for high water

Public Radio International (PRI)

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The Dutch have spent centuries trying to hold back both the sea and the big rivers that flow into it. But rising water due to climate change is forcing a new approach for their low-lying country.

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Why Oklahoma's public preschools are some of the best in the country

The Hechinger Report

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Free, universal preschool education has been a priority - one that transcends politics - for leaders in the small town of Clinton, Oklahoma.

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For Refugees, the Price of Dignity

The New York Times

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Despite refugee camps ability to provide emergency aid, they have had a history of health diseases, rape, and domestic violence. American humanitarian aid and programs by the United Nations have proved beneficial to equip Middle Eastern refugees with resources for self-settlement outside of camps...

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

Public Radio International (PRI)

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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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Innovation for the People, by the People

The New York Times

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In a vast country like the United States in a world of lightning-fast change, it no longer makes sense to presume that governments possess, or even understand, the best ways to address pressing needs and promote “the happiness of the people.” The White House strategy of offering prizes to the pub...

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