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Kelp Farming Is Reviving an Ancient Practice — and a Modern Economy

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Wealthy Countries Pledge to Shoulder Costs for Global Climate Damage

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At the UN’s annual climate conference, a groundbreaking — if not-yet-binding — promise from the US and EU “offers hope to vulnerable communities.”

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A Call for Help Answered

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Abuse survivors can call helplines to stop the violence. Now abusers can, too.

At This Grocery Store, Shoppers Pay What They Wish

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In St. Louis, a pay-what-you-can grocery store stays in business thanks to some customers voluntarily paying more than the price on the sticker.

The Florida Neighborhood Hurricanes Can’t Gentrify

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After disasters, the wealthy often buy up working-class housing. On Big Pine Key, one community has found a way to ride out the storm of speculation.

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A Notorious Invasive Plant Shows Promise in Green Construction

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In May, India’s Supreme Court ruled that sex work is a legitimate profession. Now, its older practitioners are finding ways to start their life anew.

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A false association with drugs that banned ‘hempcrete’ from the US residential building code has been lifted, paving the way for widespread use.

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