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The New York Times: How Philanthropists Are Helping During the Crisis

March 27, 2020

Even Mr. Bloomberg, who wields enormous political clout as a former mayor and political donor, said he was focusing his philanthropic effort on working directly with mayors around the country to find the best ways to deploy the money.

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The New York Times: Sugary Drink Consumption Plunges in Chile After New Food Law

February 11, 2020

Four years after Chile embraced the world’s most sweeping measures to combat mounting obesity, a partial verdict on their effectiveness is in: Chileans are drinking a lot fewer sugar-laden beverages, according to study published in the journal PLOS Medicine.

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US News & World Report: Cities and Innovation: If You Map It, Will It Come?

October 29, 2019

The joint study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Bloomberg Philanthropies also found that urban innovation, from easing housing ordinances to attacking homelessness, can’t thrive without strong civic leadership and quality data sets to guide goals and decision-making.

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Curbed: Colorful street transformations coming to 10 U.S. cities

October 28, 2019

Over the last decade, U.S. cities have carved out dozens of public plazas from existing streets using little more than paint. A new grant program and guide announced today by Bloomberg Philanthropies will fund the creation of 10 street murals in 10 U.S. cities, as well as track the safety, economic, and civic impact of these projects.

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The Associated Press: Verbal autopsies used in push to better track global deaths

October 1, 2019

The interviewer asked: When did Sandrine begin to feel weak? Did she have a fever? Did her skin take on a yellow hue? Each typed answer determined the next question to pose, like following a phone tree. This was a “verbal autopsy” — an interview in which a trained health worker asks a close relative or caretaker about a recently deceased person. Increasingly, health officials are using these tools and their computer algorithms to learn more about the global course of human disease.

About 50 countries have attempted verbal autopsy projects, and the list is growing. On Tuesday, Bloomberg Philanthropies — a major funder of international health data initiatives — announced it will devote another $120 million over the next four years to continue projects in 20 previously funded countries, and add five more.

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Detroit Free Press: Wearable device counts words Detroit parents say to their young children

September 24, 2019

Detroit is one of five cities chosen to launch a new program that equips children with special recording devices known as talk pedometers. They work like regular pedometers but instead of counting steps, they count how many words a child hears and speaks during the day.

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Scientific American: Fighting for Coral Reefs in a Warming World

September 24, 2019

Marine conservation in particular can benefit from the support of local leaders and communities, both of which are crucial when it comes to protecting coral reefs. We believe change that begins at the local level has the power to catalyze lasting progress for the world.

The efforts of groups such as WCS, with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Vibrant Oceans Initiative, put this belief into practice. From work with coastal residents, sustainable fisheries, and regional governments and organizations, we know that empowering local communities is a proven way to protect our oceans and maintain ocean livelihoods in both the short and long term.

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Forbes: Teen Vaping Crisis: Here Is The Latest From Bloomberg And The FDA

September 13, 2019

This crisis prompted two separate announcements on Wednesday, one from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the other from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Both centered around flavored e-cigarettes.

Bloomberg Philanthropies, the philanthropic organization founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced the launch of “Protect Kids: Fight Flavored E-Cigarettes.” This is a $160 million, three-year initiative that aims to ban all flavored e-cigarettes and the marketing of e-cigarette products to kids.

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No Camels, Israeli Innovation News: Bloomberg Foundation, Peres Center, Interior Ministry to Launch Innovation Hubs in 12 New Cities Across Israel

September 4, 2019

Bloomberg Philanthropies is partnering with Israel’s Ministry of Interior and the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation to launch a national network of hubs for municipal innovation across Israel. The network will be called Hazira (the arena or the scene, in Hebrew) and will tap into a unique Bloomberg Philanthropies program to set up innovation hubs in 12 new Israeli cities over the course of five years, the foundation announced this week.

Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable organization of American billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, will leverage its Innovation Teams program, or i-teams, for the initiative. The program allows mayors to fund in-house innovation teams that investigate complex local challenges and design solutions with clear goals, to improve citizens’ lives.

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Smart Cities Dive: Fighting extreme heat in cities with urban design

August 8, 2019

The following is a contributed article from Adam Freed and Jacob Koch of Bloomberg Associates’ Sustainability Practice.

It’s no secret that climate change has caused extreme weather and record-shattering heatwaves around the world. This past month, Europe experienced its hottest month on record ever. In France, hydration breaks were required during the Women’s World Cup and more than 4,000 schools were forced to close. In the U.S., temperatures in Anchorage, AK soared above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, more than 20 degrees above normal; and San Francisco reached a high of 100 degrees, more than 30 degrees above average.

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