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The Denali Highway as it crosses the Susitna River. Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Infrastructure bill passed by Congress promises billions for bridge repair – rural Alaska shows the growing need as temperatures rise

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.
“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. Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Louisiana’s coastal cultures are threatened by the very plans meant to save their wetlands and barrier islands

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.
Indian women during a protest against the central government’s recent agricultural reforms, in Gurgaon, February 6, 2021. Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Feminist struggles in times of pandemic: lessons from rural India

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. Kerry F. Thompson and Ryan T. Wilson

Fixing indoor air pollution problems that are raising Native Americans’ COVID-19 risk

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.
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. Roza Tchoukaleyska

Local meals-on-wheels program helps rural seniors cope with COVID-19 isolation

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.
President Joe Biden talked about healing the rifts and uniting America in his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 2021. Michael S. Williamson/Washington Post

5 ways Biden can help rural America thrive and bridge the rural-urban divide

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. Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

The simple reason West Virginia leads the nation in vaccinating nursing home residents

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. AP Photo/David Goldman

Getting COVID-19 vaccines to rural Americans is harder than it looks – but there are ways to lift the barriers

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. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Rural hospitals are under siege from COVID-19 – here’s what doctors are facing, in their own words

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.

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