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Empowered women, environmental care in Iran

Zahra, a woman in her mid-twenties, is from a village in Esfarayen Country in the North Khorasan Province of Iran.  Finding work was difficult, and she worried about her family. “We needed to feed our children,” Zahra continued, “but sadly it was so hard to find a job. And as a woman I could nomore

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Water tanks help Ugandan households keep dry spells away

As the scorching afternoon sun beats down on the small village of Katembe in Uganda, Jennifer Nyakato’s new water tank stands out like an oasis in a hot desert. The 7000-litre tank was built for the 50-years old mother of 5 to collect water during the rainy season and avoid making the long journey tmore

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Together, Sri Lankan communities build back with resilience

Kuventhini Josep Jeyaraj is a graduate teacher at the Komari Tamil Methodist School in southeastern Sri Lanka. She grew up in Komari, and when a disaster struck when she was a child, her family and her neighbors took shelter in schools—often overwhelming the buildings’ facilities and causing seriousmore

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Kazakhstan: Snow leopard “selfie” marks step toward conservation

Vladimir Vorobyov has found his dream job, combining two great passions: nature and photography. “I love mountains. I like to roam around, hike and watch nature in its beauty,” Vladimir says. “Photography is my passion and hobby. I take pictures of places and animals in the national park and give thmore

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Biodiversity conservation yields organic tea in China

As a seasoned tea farmer, Li Mingshui is well acquainted with Xinyang Maofeng tea, one of the most famous green teas in China. “To cultivate the best tea leaves, it is important to find a place with amiable weather and quality water supply. So mountains provide suitable conditions for tea to grow,” more

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In Montenegro, making houses energy efficient and legal

Siniša Pavićević, 52, is a construction worker who lives with his wife and two sons in the town of Bijelo Polje, Montenegro. In 2004, he started building a house, but three years later he still could not afford to finish it or pay the fees for its legal title. Though the family was happy to move intmore

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Uzbekistan: Revising energy codes, piloting energy savings

In winters past, electricity and hot water would all but stop flowing to School No. 2 in the Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan. To cope with the sub-zero temperatures, it would heat with coal, wood and sometimes dried cow dung. Makeshift stoves were used to heat classrooms to tolerable temperatures. Somemore

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Lao PDR: Diversifying crops to cope with climate change

For Ki Her, the head of Kioutaloun village in mountainous northern Lao PDR, and 95 percent of the population who grow rice, the change in the weather over the past five years presents significant challenges. With shorter but more intense rainy seasons, followed by longer dry seasons, farmers are stmore

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Building a brighter future for rice farmers in Cambodia

Farmers in the small community of Tuol Sdey, in the Svay Rieng province of southeastern Cambodia, have reason to be happy.  For the first time in decades they can rejoice in having two harvests in one season. This is largely due to the construction of a new water dam which stores rain in a nearmore

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Malawi women turn waste into a sustainable living

Norah Baziweli, a resident of Mtandire, an informal settlement in Lilongwe, Malawi, had a tough routine taking care of her family and earning a living. Every morning, she would wake at 4:00 a.m. to do chores and prepare breakfast for her three young children. After they left for school, Norah would more

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