An initiative to be announced by Labor on Wednesday promises to appoint a domestic violence commissioner and provide funds for 500 new community sector workers to help women in crisis.
Rural Canada has and will continue to play an essential role in the social, economic and cultural fabric of this country.
Rural communities are coming together to support their own resilience. The rest of Canada needs to follow suit.
The Denali Highway as it crosses the Susitna River.
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Alaska is warming faster than any other U.S. state, and that’s causing problems, a team of bridge engineers and social scientists explains. The infrastructure bill in Congress would offer some help.
Deer cross roads whenever they wish, but some time periods are higher risk than others.
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Avoiding hitting deer on the road is as much about when you drive as where. An animal behavior expert explains why.
“My family has lost everything. We all live in this area, and now it’s all gone,” said Fusto Maldonado, whose home in Barataria, Louisiana, flooded during Hurricane Ida.
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As the state copes with hurricanes and climate disasters, it is figuring out how to manage the slow-motion loss of its coastal land. But its plans could endanger the cultures that define the region.
The Dixie Fire devastated rural Greenville, California, a town of 800 residents, on Aug. 4, 2021.
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Hundreds of computer simulations point to a few best strategies for keeping homes safe from fire in a warming climate.
Quad bikes and GPS systems are being stolen from farms.
A technology arms war is escalating as high-tech thieves attempt to steal expensive equipment from farmers.
Kat Becker’s Wisconsin farm shows some of the challenges facing young farm families.
Both are essential on a farm, but the costs are making it harder for young farmers to grow their businesses.
Indian women during a protest against the central government’s recent agricultural reforms, in Gurgaon, February 6, 2021.
While the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated gender inequalities, it has also incited women-led initiatives and mobilisations.
Older homes can have a variety of environmental health risks.
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Poor indoor air on tribal lands can cause a range of respiratory illnesses, including viral infections. Here’s how people are fixing the problem while preserving traditional ways.
Lawrence, Kan., is one of the communities that would go from being considered urban to rural.
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A federal proposal could effectively reclassify the homes of millions of Americans as rural, not urban – without anything actually changing about their communities.
Stream temperature affects the survival of fish like salmon and trout.
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Groundwater was once thought to buffer streams from warming, but an inexpensive new technique shows streams fed by shallow groundwater may be just as susceptible as those without.
Pipeline construction cuts through forests and farms in Appalachia.
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Pipeline companies have run roughshod over several regions where they’re building, racking up safety and environmental violations. Many residents feel trapped, with no control over their property.
Residents of the remote town of Norris Point launched their own meals-on-wheels program to help the community cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the scale of the pandemic revealed itself in March, one small town in Newfoundland created a community-led meals-on-wheels to support its seniors.
The COVID-19 pandemic increased the challenges rural hospitals already faced.
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Rural health care will have to transform to survive.
President Joe Biden talked about healing the rifts and uniting America in his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 2021.
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A new federal antipoverty program for both rural and urban areas is part of the solution, but the power of Big Ag, lack of internet and struggling towns need attention, too.
By mid-January, only about a quarter of the COVID-19 vaccines distributed for U.S. nursing homes through the federal program had reached people’s arms.
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West Virginia’s success holds some important lessons for other states and the rest of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
The first COVID-19 vaccines arrive packed in dry ice and need special freezers that can keep them extremely cold.
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The vaccines’ cold storage requirements and shipment rules put small, rural communities at a disadvantage, but that’s only part of a long-running challenge.
Small rural hospitals across the country are struggling to find enough space, staff and supplies.
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Hospitals are losing staff to quarantines as rural COVID-19 cases rise, and administrators fear flu season will make it worse. And then there’s the politics.
For rural people, these stresses are cumulative and contribute to higher levels of trauma, mental ill-health and in some cases, suicidal behaviour.