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Climate Change Is Bad For Peru's Pastures ... But There's A 1,200-Year-Old Fix

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Not all solutions have to be new in order to work, some just have to be modernized for today's needs. This was the lesson learned when villagers in Peru decided to restore centuries-old hydraulic systems to revitalize their depleting wetlands.

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A venture fund supports “model providers,” which have developed proven models to improve learning and shared them with many schools

The Hechinger Report

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Teton Science Schools, New Classrooms, and Summit Learning are examples of "model providers" - schools that have found solutions that seem to solve common issues faced by many elementary and secondary schools. Through the New Schools Venture Fund, "highly successful school[s are] taking a subset ...

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A Community in Guanacaste Decided to Change the Destiny of Endangered Turtles

Voz de Guanacaste

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When a people in Playa El Jobo, La Cruz realized that their beaches were home to sea turtle eggs, they took action to protect the species by joining together. What started as a neighborhood effort to patrol the beaches has now turned into a successful NGO that collects data for research purposes ...

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Saving a remote island’s birds—by getting rid of its mice

National Geographic

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Marion Island is being overtaken by mice and the ecosystem is taking a hit because of it. Preying on albatross offspring, the mice have become a significant threat as an invasive species, so the government is teaming up with researchers to eradicate the mice by orchestrating a mass poison drop.

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In France, School Lessons Ask: Which Twitter Post Should You Trust?

The New York Times

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France is at the forefront of efforts to integrate internet literacy into standard primary and secondary course requirements. By partnering with journalists and educators, the French government is working to stop the spread of misinformation by teaching students how to identify misleading tweets,...

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An Affordable Housing Complex Houses One of The District’s Most Ambitious Maker Spaces

Washington City Paper

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On one floor of an affordable housing building in Washington, D.C., the NonStop Art Makerspace has made creativity more accessible. The makerspace was a group effort between Capital One, the Community Preservation and Development Corporation, and NonStop Art. Nehemiah Dixon, CEO of NonStop Art Ma...

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Dallas Hits on Successful School Turnaround Model With ACE, but It Comes at a Steep Price. Could a Wider Expansion Across Texas Now Be Its Best Bet to Survive?

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Several Dallas-based ACE (Accelerating Campus Excellence) schools focus on social-emotional learning and restorative justice education. High performing teachers participate in professional learning communities and receive support from extra counselors and strategic administrators. At ACE schools ...

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Learning from the past: Japan’s tree-planting efforts provide lessons for other countries

Ensia

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Nishiawakura, a village in Japan, was once the site of complete forest devastation due to the need for timber during and after World War II. Through trial and error, the country has learned what does and doesn't work when it comes to reforestation efforts. Now, their lessons are acting as a model...

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This impoverished region is a hub for the cheetah trade. Now it's fighting back.

National Geographic

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Cheetah cubs are routinely smuggled through Somaliland on their way to being illegally trafficked in United Arab Emirates or Saudi Arabia. Although small and resource-deprived, Somaliland is taking a stand against this practice through increased regulations and punishments.

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From Grassroots to Government: A Climate Assessment Presents a Moral Opportunity

Sojourners

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With climate change no longer a hypothetical situation but a very tangible problem being felt by many across the globe, grassroots efforts are gaining traction as the search for solutions intensifies. Citing a moral obligation, these grassroots organizations aim to inspire political action while ...

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