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Sri Lankan Environmentalists Seek to Revitalize Once Verdant Land

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: AgricultureEarthEnvironment

The country prioritized development after a decades-long civil war. A group of activists wants to refocus communities on environmental stewardship – and they’re starting with seed balls.

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Health vs. Livelihood: Puerto Rico’s Diving Fishermen Face Stark Choice

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: EarthEconomyJobsWater

A declining fish population has forced Cabo Rojo’s diving fishermen into deeper waters, where many exceed safe dive times to make a living. Their efforts can lead to decompression sickness, and emergency treatment is hours away.

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Zimbabwe Towns, Former Employees Reel After Collapse of Asbestos Mining

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EarthEconomyExtractives

The asbestos mines belonging to SMM Holdings were once among the world’s most productive – before allegations of fraud and mismanagement essentially shut them down. Years-long efforts to revive them have failed, and former employees are paying the price.

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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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Once-Proud Puerto Rican Zoo Faces Cruelty Allegations, Uncertain Future

Region: Puerto Rico

Topics: EarthEconomy

It was once known as one of the Caribbean’s best zoos, but hurricane damage forced its closure in 2017. Alleging animal cruelty, some activists now say it should be closed for good.

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In Mexico, Baby Turtles May Become an Unlikely Casualty of the Coronavirus

Region: Mexico

Topics: CoronavirusEarthEnvironmentWater

Sea turtle hatchlings in Mexico have long relied on tourists to protect them as they made the difficult journey from their nests to the sea. Now the tourists are gone, and local conservationists fear that many turtles won’t make it to the open ocean.

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Young Volunteers Tackle Buildup of Waste in Haiti’s Storm Drains

Region: Haiti

Topics: EarthEnvironmentHealth

Residents of neighborhoods on the banks of Port-au-Prince’s debris-filled stormwater gullies live alongside stagnant water and shifting earth, making them vulnerable to both landslides and disease. A volunteer effort seeks to improve life in these communities – and help the environment.

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Organic Fertilizers Help Farmers Meet DRC’s Growing Appetite

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AgricultureEarthEntrepreneurshipJobs

For a long time, agricultural researchers in Kisangani focused on the speed at which crops could reach maturity. Now, larger harvests are the priority. But not all farmers are ready to give up on chemical fertilizers.

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Persistent Drought in Sri Lanka Forces Farmers to Rethink Methods

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: AgricultureClimateEarthJobsWater

In Sri Lanka, farmers who have worked the land for decades say they have never seen such little rain. Now, they’re scrambling for solutions to spare crops and ensure additional water supplies.

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How Does a Community Profit From Plastic Waste? Ask Sri Lanka’s Entrepreneurs.

Region: Sri Lanka

Topics: ClimateEarthEntrepreneurshipNature

Tailors and banana farmers are boosting their incomes and promoting environmental sustainability through unique initiatives that reuse trash.

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