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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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Egyptians Show Pride as Cairo Cleans Up

Time

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Citizens work to make Cairo streets cleaner in an effort to create more pride for the country and get the government's attention.

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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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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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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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The Recycling Reflex

The New York Times

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Nationally, only about a third of municipal solid waste is recycled. An initiative to use simpler, standardized signs and labels is helping communities reap greater benefits from recycling.

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The Health Payoffs of Time Banks

The New York Times

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Two columns on Time Banks, where people swap services – teach calligraphy to one neighbor, and get computer repair from another neighbor. Time Banks create community and make people healthier – which is why hospitals and clinics are now starting them.

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From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Change

The New York Times

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Global social and economic problems are difficult to change. However, fan-activism fuels the interests of fans of popular young adult fiction. Books such as Harry Potter and the Hunger Games have inspired activist groups that raise awareness of global hunger, reading, and relief supplies to impov...

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