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Native Americans invented lacrosse—and now the modern league is embracing it

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In response to ugly moments of racism against its native players, the National Lacrosse League is unveiling a new strategy to educate fans on the origins of the game.

The sport of lacrosse started as a Native American tradition centuries ago. Early European settlers observed tribes playing a far more aggressive variation involving long sticks that were affixed with hooked nets on one end. Those tools worked great for catching and re-slinging a deerskin ball among teammates en route to the goal. But because the games involved thousands of players on a sprawling field and could last for days on end, the real win was being able to knock out other competitors along the way.

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These easy-to-build shelters are helping cities quickly provide cover to the homeless

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Pallet originally built disaster shelters. Officials in Tacoma, Washington, are using them to get a roof over people’s heads quickly while they wait for more permanent housing.

Two years ago, Tacoma, Washington, declared a state of emergency over homelessness. With 1,300 people experiencing homelessness in the surrounding Pierce County, and hundreds of them living on Tacoma’s streets, officials kicked off a three-phase plan to address the issue. They deployed rapid resource pop-ups, such as hand-washing stations and portables, and worked to expand overall homelessness services throughout the county. They also set up temporary shelters, including a large tent over dozens of individual tents to help protect the tent dwellers from inclement weather.

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A quick shift to electric vehicles could drive the Green New Deal forward

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The transition could keep the U.S. competitive with countries like China but also radically improve the country’s own transportation sector—currently the most polluting of the economy—while creating jobs and improving equity.

There are now 486 electric vehicle startups in China, where electric car sales topped 1.1 million last year. That’s three times more than sales in the United States.

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At the Ben & Jerry’s factory: Come for the ice cream, stay for the criminal justice refom

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A new exhibit at the company’s iconic (and well-visited) factory raises awareness about the need to address mass incarceration in the U.S.

If you pay a visit to the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury, Vermont, hoping to learn about ice-cream making, you certainly will get that information. But you’ll also come away with some heavier knowledge. In an art installation that will be on display from now until June 2020, Ben & Jerry’s highlights the work of people who have spent time in prison and now want to use their experience and talent to call attention to the need for criminal justice system reform.

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Need a quick salad? These new vending machines have you covered

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Fresh Bowl is launching machines in New York that give you a reusable glass jar full of healthy produce—all at the push of a button.

When commuters get off the subway at Fulton Street Station in downtown Manhattan and want to grab some food, there’s a new option near the standard offerings from Dunkin’ and Wetzel’s Pretzels: a vending machine that sells fresh salads in reusable glass jars.

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How to design a Green New Deal that really works, for every industry in the U.S.

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This week, Fast Company will feature in-depth looks at how eight sectors—transportation, fashion and manufacturing, building and construction, banking, energy, agriculture, philanthropy, and technology—could transform under the Green New Deal.

As the Democratic presidential debates unfold this week, there’s a phrase that’s sure to be heard many times: The Green New Deal.

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Milan is embarking on a bold plan to plant 3 million trees

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“It’s a good, common sense campaign,” Mayor Giuseppe Sala says of his plan to plant trees around the city.

Soon, there will be more trees than people in the city of Milan. Mayor Giuseppe “Beppe” Sala has embarked on an ambitious plan to plant 3 million trees in the Italian city—population 1.3 million—better known for industry than natural wonders.

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This is one of the simplest and best climate change graphics we’ve ever seen

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See the world’s temperature shoot up, in a sea of red.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the average global temperature has risen about one degree Celsius, a number that might sound small, but is in fact enormous: The last time the Earth was this hot—around 120,000 years ago—a large part of Florida was underwater and hippos lived in parts of Europe. The changing temperature is usually illustrated with a basic hockey stick-shaped graph. But one climate scientist designed a more visual graphic, with stripes turning from blue to red to show the increasing temperature changes.

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The world relies on charity work—it just doesn’t totally trust who’s doing it

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Barely half the world has confidence in the nonprofits working in their country.

Whether it’s delivering vaccines, providing disaster relief, or creating educational opportunities in communities that need them the most, the role of a charity is traditionally to step up and help people when the government can’t. But that doesn’t mean people totally trust the groups doing it.

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