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Argentine Cooperative Sorts Recyclables

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Cars Squash Cans for Guatemalan Recycler

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Zimbabwe’s Seed Banks Act as Farmers’ Defense Against Radical Changes in Climate

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Environment

Even though agriculture drives Zimbabwe’s economy, the country’s low rainfall has always made grain farming challenging – and climate change is making rainfall more erratic and extending dry spells. Small-scale farmers, however, are increasingly turning to a climate-friendly and cost-effective solution to the changing environment: community seed banks.

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Frequent House Fires Have City Youths Forming Amateur Firefighting Crews in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: EnvironmentHealthPolitics

In Goma’s Birere slum, hazards including candles and kerosene lamps abound, water is scarce, and there are few emergency services or decent roads. Overcrowding is another factor, but a group of young volunteers in the neighborhood has created a fire response service.

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Overcoming Obstacles, Zimbabwe Bird Park Dazzles With Exotic Species and Falconry

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Environment

Despite environmental, political and financial hurdles since its 1990 opening, Kuimba Shiri Bird Park is still drawing locals, tourists and student groups to its unique wildlife sanctuary. Founded by an aficionado of falconry, the park's diversity of species continues to grow.

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Deaths Are All Too Common, Compensation All Too Rare for Artisanal Miners in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: EnvironmentHuman Rights

In the Democratic Republic of Congo’s mining industry, regulations are ignored, conditions are unsafe, and many miners work for mining companies without formal contracts. In the town of Rubaya, at least one miner dies per month, but reporters in three provinces couldn’t find any families who had received compensation for such accidental deaths.

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In Mineral-Rich DRC, Widespread Poverty Is Driving Children to Work in, Near Mines

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: EnvironmentHuman Rights

Despite laws in the Democratic Republic of Congo against economic exploitation of children, poverty leads those as young as 5 to search for minerals in the sand near mines, and some 40 percent of the unregulated artisanal miners are said to be children. Desperate parents give their blessing to this, and the children also do other odd jobs, such as carrying materials and cleaning minerals, though local officials are trying to combat these practices.

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Facing Food Shortage and Weather Crises, Haitian Farmers Say Government Support is Insufficient

Region: Haiti

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In the midst of a food shortage, Haiti’s government is drafting plans and implementing new policies to support the country’s large population of farmers. But the farmers, who struggle to maintain their crops with outdated technology and the threat of natural disaster, say the effort isn’t enough.

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Amid Billions of Dollars in Mineral Exports From DRC, Locals Say They Are Left Behind

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: EnvironmentHuman Rights

Paved roads, clean drinking water and electricity are lacking in the eastern central region of Democratic Republic of Congo, where valuable minerals abound—even though foreign mining companies are required by DRC law to reinvest in the communities. Due to official corruption, the vast foreign funding has had little visible impact, but one Canadian company has found a way around the problem by signing a direct agreement with village leaders to bring about community development.

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Rare Delicacy in DRC Connected to Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

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Bush meat, a delicacy in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is enjoyed by many, but its procurement is linked to illegal wildlife trafficking throughout the region. Officials work to educate the public on this connection to stop people from supporting those who are partially responsible for the DRC’s declining wildlife.

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