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The Surprisingly Simple Way to Improve Child Development, A State Protects Its Residents From Contaminated Water and More

Take a break from the regular news cycle and check out these NationSwell must-reads, which uncover solutions that are moving America forward.


To Help Kids Thrive, Coach Their Parents, New York Times
When it comes to nurturing healthy, successful children, the focus is usually on improving education and nutrition. But research proves it’s more much basic than that; coaching parents to create loving, stable environments at home has the biggest impact of all.

The Flint of California, Politico
The poisonous drinking water in Flint, Mich., dominates the news headlines, but contamination is a problem numerous low-income communities face. With a landmark bill, California law now protects citizens’ need of H20, declaring that everyone has the right to “safe, clean, affordable and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking and sanitary purposes.”

How to Clean Up the Dirtiest Vehicles on the Road, CityLab
Individuals can lessen their carbon footprint by opting to drive a Prius or Tesla instead of a gas-guzzling SUV. But to really reduce the greenhouse gas created by transportation in the U.S., those pumping out the most emissions — buses and medium- and heavy-duty trucks — must green up.

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Ashley is the Managing Editor of NationSwell. Previously, she was the Money Editor at Real Simple. Her work has appeared in Ozy, Good Housekeeping, O, The Oprah Magazine, and more. You can reach her at: [email protected]