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The New Generation of Hydropower Dams Let Fish Swim Straight Through

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Redesigned turbines are solving the problem that has long plagued hydroelectric dams, churning out green energy while leaving fish unharmed.

The City Where Third Graders Train to Be Engineers

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Since Greenville, South Carolina started offering “career education” for its youngest students, the number of graduates earning industry certifications has soared.

As Climate Money Pours In, Some Urban Freeways May Disappear

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The Inflation Reduction Act could usher in a new era of freeway removal in cities like Milwaukee, which transformed its urban core by tearing down a highway 20 years ago.

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Philadelphia Renters Facing Eviction Can Lawyer Up for Free

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The city’s “Right to Counsel” initiative is based on research showing that legal representation helps keep people in their homes.

“If You Can’t Say It, Write It”

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The white mailboxes in schools and sports clubs were to encourage kids to write about their sorrows. They became a powerful tool for stopping child abuse.

For More Sustainable Affordable Housing, Just Add Mushrooms

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Architect David Benjamin is bringing his biology-inspired recipe for construction materials to an affordable housing project in Oakland, California.

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How Big Food Companies Are Greening the Farms That Supply Them

8 min read

Encouraging their suppliers to practice more sustainable farming is increasingly seen by major food brands as a way to fulfill their climate promises.

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

4 min read

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

Meet the Detectives Solving Crimes Against Trees

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At a forensics lab in Germany, a team of sleuths is busting illegal timber traffickers and keeping our forests safe.

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Where Do Abandoned Bicycles Go? In Some Cases, Madagascar

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In a largely unseen system, abandoned bikes are repaired and shipped to people across the US — and around the world — who can use them to travel to school or work.

For More Sustainable Affordable Housing, Just Add Mushrooms

7 min read

Architect David Benjamin is bringing his biology-inspired recipe for construction materials to an affordable housing project in Oakland, California.

UK Gardeners Are Planting the Seeds of a More Resilient Food System

5 min read

By collecting the seeds that grow best in their own plots, a movement of gardeners is boosting biodiversity in a way that more closely mimics nature.

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