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To End Reliance on Imports, Young Farmers Promote Local Agriculture

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: AgricultureEntrepreneurshipEnvironmentJobsMoney

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico nearly three years ago – and highlighted its dependence on imported food. The spread of the new coronavirus could lead to similar food shortages. Green-thumb residents are trying to fix the imbalance by growing and marketing local produce.

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Sri Lankan Activists Encourage Reforestation By Throwing ‘Seed Balls’

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: AgricultureEarthEnvironment

After civil war devastated the country’s forests, Sri Lanka needs more trees. An informal group of activists is trying to encourage environmental awareness and make reforestation fun and easy with one simple method.

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Amid Protest, Resort Construction Begins in Puerto Rican Region Known for Biodiversity

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: DevelopmentEarthEnvironmentLegal Rights

The Christopher Columbus Landing Resort has spent years in legal limbo, as Puerto Rican conservationists and community members protested its planned construction in an important ecological zone.

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Uganda’s Cage Fish Farms Restore Fish Populations, Raise Water Quality Concerns

Region: Uganda

Topics: EarthEconomyEnvironmentJobsWater

On Uganda’s Lake Victoria, cage fish farms take the guesswork out of fishing, as farmers feed fish in controlled areas – which makes them easy to harvest. But as the popularity of fish farming grows, residents worry about its effect on local water.

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Mexican Farmers Turn To Dragon Fruit As Drought Continues to Plague the South

Region: Mexico

Topics: AgricultureClimateEarthEconomyEnvironment

Regular droughts in Mexico’s southernmost state, Chiapas, make it hard for farmers to grow traditional staple crops. Many are turning to dragon fruit, which can adapt to the dry conditions, as a revenue alternative.

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Prized Cattle Are Thinned, Butchered Amid Zimbabwe’s Economic and Climate Crises

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AgricultureClimateEarthEconomyEnvironment

Less pasture means thinner cattle, leaving farmers with few options to keep their livestock healthy. In response, many farmers thin or butcher their herds – but even that may not be enough.

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To Cut Costs and Prevent Deforestation, DRC Women Make Fuel From Household Waste

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureEarthEnvironmentInfrastructureInnovation

Rates of deforestation in DRC have spiked, and many environmentalists attribute the rise to demand for charcoal. Now, some women forgo the popular fuel by making their own alternative, saving money – and the forest – in the process.

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In Uganda, Refugees Gathering Firewood Spark Deforestation Concerns

Region: Uganda

Topics: EnvironmentHuman Migration

In the last 30 years, over half of Uganda’s forest cover has been wiped out. Are refugees to blame?

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New Developments in Popular Puerto Rican Tourist Area Overwhelm Sewer Infrastructure, Threaten Endangered Coral Reefs

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: EnvironmentNature

Puerto Rico’s coral reefs, already in danger of extinction, are now further threatened by bacteria from fecal matter. Experts and activists say that the problem is coming from an overwhelmed sewage system in a popular tourist area, and that if not addressed, the damage will soon be irreversible.

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Ugandan Scientists Join Forces with Community to Collect Urine, Combat Soil Infertility

Region: Uganda

Topics: AgricultureAutonomyEnvironment

The Ugandan economy relies on agriculture, but widespread soil infertility threatens the future of farming. Now, an organization of scientists has an unlikely solution – and it’s joining forces with the community to put it to the test.

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