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Carey L. Biron

'Green rush': Cannabis boom squeezing farmland in North America

Sep 10 2020

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - While the coronavirus pandemic has caused the collapse of retail businesses across the globe, there is one thing people have been buying more of during months of lockdown: marijuana.

'Groundbreaking' U.S. housing data hailed as new tool to target COVID-19 aid

Sep 09 2020

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - About five million Americans lose their homes every year due to eviction or foreclosure, researchers said on Wednesday, urging policymakers to use their new county-specific data on housing loss to target coronavirus aid more effectively.  

'Build back better': U.S. tree-planting push to curb warming, boost jobs

Aug 27 2020

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - American cities and corporate giants on Thursday pledged to plant more than 800 million trees by 2030 as part of a global effort to tackle climate change, improve health and boost job creation in communities reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. 

'Life or death': Baking U.S. cities legislate for air conditioning

Aug 20 2020

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Over the 15 years that she has lived in her seniors' apartment building in Maryland, Victoria Price has lost several neighbours to a worsening scourge: heat. 

'That is power': U.S. cities embrace people's budgets amid policing debate

Jul 28 2020

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As protests over racial inequality continue to sweep across America, many demonstrators have settled on one goal: redirecting portions of policing budgets toward mental health services, job creation, housing and more.

Drones to robots: Pandemic fuels U.S. autonomous delivery

Jul 20 2020

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cough medicine, snacks, baking ingredients: Kelly Passek has shopping delivered weekly to her yard in Christiansburg, Virginia - by a drone.

Pandemic upheaval creates 'perfect storm' for land rights abuses

Jul 16 2020

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From forced displacement to conflict over resources, the coronavirus pandemic has created a "perfect storm" for land rights abuses - and the situation is likely to worsen, researchers and activists warned on Thursday.

'Nowhere to go': U.S. pandemic prison releases prompt housing concerns

Jun 29 2020

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Livia Pinheiro got out of prison, she had been held for more than a decade - first by the state of California, then by the federal government and finally by immigration officials. When it was all over, she had no home to go to.

'Your home is your castle' - unless police mount a 'no-knock' raid

Jun 18 2020

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A drive to outlaw "no-knock" raids that let police storm homes without announcement has taken on new urgency amid nationwide protests over racial inequality and U.S. law enforcement.

Public space a 'lifeline' for post-lockdown cities

Jun 15 2020

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Public and outdoor space has been at a premium during the coronavirus pandemic: bike sales have leapt, park use is way up, and even pavement chalk drawing appears to be having a moment.

World News

Exclusive: China sharply expands mass labor program in Tibet

China is pushing growing numbers of Tibetan rural laborers off the land and into recently built military-style training centers where they are turned into factory workers, mirroring a program in the western Xinjiang region that rights groups have branded coercive labor.