Christine McLaren

Christine McLaren is co-editor of Reasons to be Cheerful.

What Baltimore Gets Right about Urban Trees

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While other cities plant trees, Baltimore has focused on monitoring and maintaining the ones it already has—and is one of the few cities whose urban forest is expanding.

The School Where Refugees Thrive

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At Fugees Academy, students who arrived in the U.S. as refugees—sometimes without parents or English skills—are graduating at a rate of 90 percent.

The Worst CO2 Emitters are Getting a Little Bit Better

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Carbon emissions are falling in the countries that emit the most CO2, the result of conservation efforts, more renewable energy and strong climate policies.

Treating Loneliness as a Medical Condition

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When a small-town clinic in England started prescribing human connection to its lonely patients, rates of chats over coffee increased—and hospital visits fell.

Bleeding-Heart Capitalism

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A doctor in Denver is blending the Medicaid model with a capitalist profit motive, offering high-quality health care without the frills.