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Socially Distanced Architecture That Brings People Together

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When correctly designed, housing that gives people personal space can make them feel closer.

France to Airlines: Go Green If You Want a Bailout

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How one country is using its economic rescue to clean up a polluting industry.

The Race to Measure the Global Emissions Plunge

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A heroic effort is underway to record the global lockdown’s ripple effects — before they disappear.

Germany Is Leading the World Toward a Green Recovery

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As Europe’s biggest economy reboots, it — and many others — are planning to transition away from fossil fuels.

The Kaleidoscopic Community of a Coronavirus Hotel

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Masked chambermaids, sanitized keycards and nurses who pop in to see how you’re feeling.

Alaska Is Using South Korea’s Method to Beat the Virus

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With the fewest infections of any state, Alaska proves contact tracing can work — even in America.

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How a Group of Political Novices Ended Gerrymandering in Michigan

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Their success proves that you don’t need political power — or a Supreme Court majority — to get fair congressional districts.

Japan’s ‘Disaster Parks’ Help Explain Its Coronavirus Response

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Benches that become stoves and manholes hiding emergency toilets reflect the survival instincts of a country that has learned to live with peril.

This ‘Carbon-Negative’ Burger Is Fighting Climate Change

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As fake meat floods the market, some fast-food joints are insisting that their ultra-sustainably raised beef is better for the planet.

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The World Is Changing — So Can We

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The pandemic is revealing the many ways our lives intersect. Is this an opportunity for us to reimagine what we can be?

Can We All Be Like Texas?

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How a conservative, oil-pumping state became one of the world’s biggest generators of wind power.

The Coronavirus-Proof Nation

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Taiwan has built a pragmatic, solutions-oriented society where democracy is expected to deliver results. Amid the pandemic, it’s paying off.