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Gregory Scruggs

FEATURE-Home on the range? Private buyers restore U.S. grassland to cowboy consternation

Jul 18 2019

AMERICAN PRAIRIE RESERVE, Montana, July 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - S agebrush waved in the breeze, prairie dogs chattered, pronghorn antelope galloped and bison wallowed under the Montana sun.

As climate shifts bring 'horror movie' floods, Rio struggles to adjust

May 09 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Last month, a torrent of water knocked down a wall in Rita de Cassia Goncalves da Silva's house in the Horto favela behind Rio de Janeiro's botanical garden, at the foot of the Tijuca rainforest.

Polar opposites: the remote Alaskan village divided over oil drilling

May 01 2019

KAKTOVIK, Alaska (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The sun had yet to rise in the remote Arctic in northeastern Alaska but tourists in search of polar bears were already boarding small boats setting off from a frozen beach.

Homes like parkas? Shivering Arctic dwellers may need housing rethink

Apr 29 2019

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Arctic housing specialist Jack Hébert likes to paraphrase a saying from the Inupiaq, a Native Alaskan group living north of the Arctic Circle.

Roll on, Columbia? U.S. tribes demand seat at river treaty negotiating table

Apr 17 2019

BRIDGEPORT, Washington (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rodney Cawston's father and grandfather passed down stories of such abundant salmon fishing in the U.S. Northwest's Columbia River that the banks were a feast of red flesh.

Oil giant backs high-tech rescue for collapsing Arctic ice cellars

Jan 29 2019

KAKTOVIK, Alaska (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Inupiaq hunters wrestle a 100-ton bowhead whale back to land from the high seas, the next challenge is where to store all that meat.

FEATURE-'Shared equity' model for U.S. housing boosts home ownership for poorer families

Jan 21 2019

DURHAM, North Carolina, Jan 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A home under construction is a common sight in Durham, a small but booming city in North Carolina that has been billed "the start-up capital of the South".

Once a national model, Utah struggles with homelessness

Jan 10 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Once lauded as a leader among U.S. cities struggling to relieve homelessness, the number of people sleeping rough in Utah's capital has spiked in the past two years, as funding for its groundbreaking housing program dried up.

FEATURE-U.S. climate hawk-in-chief? Washington governor eyes presidential run

Jan 08 2019

SEATTLE, Jan 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a recent winter beach walk, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee’s 5-year-old grandson beamed with delight as he spotted a crab.

Land defenders on heightened alert one year after Trump shrinks U.S. monuments

Jan 07 2019

OREGON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One year after U.S. President Donald Trump declared the biggest rollback of public land protection in the country's history, conservation groups have rallied to protect other at-risk places.

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