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Cañada Cove COPEs with disaster planning

Half Moon Bay Review

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San Mateo County’s coastside residents have created their own, volunteer-based disaster response system. Considering that they make up just 5% of the county’s population, and are just as much at risk for natural disasters like wildfires, flooding, and landslides, they recognized that they had to ...

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How Activists Freed 95 Black Moms From Jail This Mother's Day

Global Citizen

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Across the United States, the National Bail Out collective has been paying the bail for black mothers – and caregivers – who are often left out of conversations on criminal justice. Since 2017, the black-led collaborative of organizers, lawyers, and activists have bailed out over 400 people as pa...

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Snapchat Surgery: The Doctors Sending Video Updates Mid-Operation

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When loved ones undergo surgery, the more information that they have access to, the better supported they often feel. To increase efficiency while also improving information access, nearly 60 hospitals across the nation have begun using the Electronic Access to Surgical Events which sends secure,...

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India has a big trash problem. TrashBot is trying to help.

The Christian Science Monitor

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Separating mixed waste efficiently with technology can help where waste segregation policies are lacking. In Bangalore, India, a machine called Trashbot sorts mixed waste into biodegradable and non-biodegradable components. Properly recycled waste can then be sold, avoiding landfills.

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New Salmon-Challis Smartphone App Lets Users Take Forest Information On The Go

NPR

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Visitors to the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho can now access the wealth of information in a guidebook with the convenience of a smartphone app. The app, which contains valuable information on history, visitor stops, trailheads, and camp sites, will be especially helpful in much of the n...

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SFUSD program intervenes early to keep kids out of special ed for behavior

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In the United States, African American students are disproportionately placed into special ed tracks based on behavior issues. In an attempt to reverse this trend, the Shoestring Children's Center helps kids aged three to five, many of whom are black, learn to focus and manage their emotions.

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Advocates strive to raise awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women in the US and Canada

Public Radio International (PRI)

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Ensuring that cases of missing and murdered indigenous women are counted requires collecting data. In US and Canada, many cases of missing and murdered indigenous women remain ignored by law enforcement. In response, members of indigenous communities have undertaken data collection campaigns, inc...

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Tiny Eatery, Big Mission In Pullman

WBEZ News

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A new food hall in the South Side of Chicago offers three African American chefs the opportunity to open a local, thriving business. The food hall, operated by a local nonprofit, brings healthy and creative cuisine to the community as well as opens doors for black business owners in Chicago.

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How Rwanda could be the first country to wipe out cervical cancer

Mosaic Science

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Rwanda has launched a community and health driven campaign in order to put a stop to the spread of cervical cancer by educating women about the HPV vaccine. Driven largely by dispelling myths and providing accurate information focused on the vaccine's role in mitigating against cancer, the countr...

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This Simple Tap Could Save Thousands of Lives in the Next Disaster

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Following a disastrous flood to Kerala, India, the Rotary Club of Greater Cochin installed a new water tap technology to prevent the spread of bacteria and germs. The Intewa AQUALOOP Tap works without electricity to filter greywater and rainwater, and can clean over 1 gallon per minute. The techn...

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