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7 hopeful climate stories from around the world

Center for Global Development

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Evidence continues to build that humans are contributing to a climate change issue that is nothing but bad news for the planet. Hopeful stories from seven countries, including India, Indonesia, and China, show that efforts to combat climate change might finally be working.

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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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Delta Blues, Part 1: The Battle to Keep Ho Chi Minh City Above Water

WWNO

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Geography and climate change challenge the viability of coastal cities in Vietnam. An architect in Ho Chi Minh City designed green roofs to absorb the rainwater which causes floods.

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Why Are Only 1 Percent of Farms Using This Eco-Friendly Practice?

NationSwell

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture assists farms which follow the sustainable farming style, Silvopasture, but few farmers take advantage of the program. ForeverView Farms in Vermont is advising policy groups about ways they can boost this type of farming.

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Greener Pastures for Cattle Ranching

Future Food

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In Colombia, traditional cattle pastures have caused soil degradation, deforestation, and desertification. To reconcile this, several thousand acres of land in Latin America have been transformed into a silvo-pastoral system of grazing and raising cattle with agro-forestry. The Colombia-based C...

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In Africa's Vanishing Forests, the Benefits of Bamboo

The New York Times

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In Africa, many people rely on wood from trees to cook food over stoves. The tremendous usage of wood contributes to deforestation and environmental decline. Using bamboo instead of wood is a more profitable and greener solution.

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Birth Control for Bambi

Undark

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The overpopulation of white-tailed deer is a conservation realization and an environmental disaster for the communities that harbor them. Hastings-on-Hudson, a progressive community, has opted for a humane birth control method PZP that is injected by darts into does. The method is successful for ...

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Insight: Inside Brazil's battle to save the Amazon with satellites and strike forces

Reuters

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13 years ago, Brazil didn't have satellite data or heat mapping to track illegal logging. Neither did they have weapon wielding agents working to stop ecological crime. These tools, in addition to the help of indigenous Brazilians is making the goal of ending Amazon deforestation by 2030 seem mor...

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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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A beneficial way to dispose of the Sierra's lost trees: Use them for energy

Los Angeles Times

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What do you do with 102 million dead trees, strewn across the Sierra Nevada’s forests? According to California’s Forest Service, something productive; previously left to stand in place and risk spreading fire at a much faster rate, the trees are now being used to produce energy. Though this solut...

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