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The Fixer: A Japanese City’s Brazilian Lifeline


In this week’s news briefing: Brazilians put down roots in Japan, Jamaican gardeners cultivate coral and medical care arrives on the islands of Bangladesh.

Creative Freedom


Prisons with art programs release people back into the world who are more stable, and far less likely to return. Why don’t the programs exist everywhere?

The Fixer: An Insurance Giant Embraces ‘Housing First’


In this week’s news briefing: ending homelessness for profit, coffee saves the rainforest and rural America takes on climate change.

Free the Floodplains!


Millions of Americans live at risk of flooding, but slow federal flood buyouts drain precious time and resources. How one community is rising above the storm, taking matters into their own hands, and returning the floodplain to nature.

Rock-a-Bye Mama


New moms in difficult situations sometimes find it tough to connect with their babies. Carnegie Hall is helping change that with one of the simplest, most innate tools in the mothering toolbox: lullabies.

The Fixer: A Power Plant You Can Ski


In this week’s news briefing: healing Israel’s overcrowded hospitals, healthier snacks for condors and a ski slope that converts waste into energy.

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When Politics Fails, Call the Lawyers


It was legal teams—not politicians—that ultimately held the tobacco industry to account. Their next target? Perpetrators of climate change.

Let Them Eat Larvae


Farmers are feeding their livestock the larvae of black soldier flies—an abundant, sustainable snack that’s quietly greening the industry, one maggot at a time.

Free the Paramedics!


They’re the medical system’s eyes and ears, yet they’re treated as crisis managers. Now some cities are letting their paramedics get to know their patients, with remarkable results.

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Spain’s Happy Little Carless City


Pontevedra, once choked with cars, is a laboratory for how smaller cities can implement a few simple tricks to reduce driving dramatically.

The Necessity of Nuclear


After reading David Byrne’s article suggesting that nuclear power is too risky to be a part of our green energy evolution, I had a few thoughts to share.

This Lake Belongs to Everyone


A city on Lake Erie convinced its waterfront property owners to give the public their waterfronts for free. It’s a case that could transform the Great Lakes forever.