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New pantries, volunteer efforts target food insecurity in Athens

You’re likely to see more small blue boxes like the one shown above on street corners around Athens. They’re part of a project called the “Little Free Pantry,” which was recently established by the Athens Chamber of Commerce. The goal is to supplement the larger food pantries in the area by setting up small boxes stocked with food and other goods for anyone in need. Volunteers will set up and manage little pantries in more than a dozen locations around town. This brings food and other important goods closer to the people who need them most, according…

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UGA researchers concerned about far reaching effects of climate change

From thick forests to densely packed cities, from open farmland to the seashore, Georgia’s diverse ecosystems are at risk from the effects of climate change. UGA researchers in several departments have been studying the changing climate and it’s impact on our state. Here’s just some of what they’ve learned: cities are warming at a faster rate than surrounding countryside the coastline is receding due to rising sea levels forests are at increased risk from the spread of damaging insects and other pests livestock and crops are being exposed to more intense periods of drought…

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Downtown growth brings new challenges for locals, ACC commissioners

Student housing in downtown Athens is a booming business. In just the past four years, developers have built four massive luxury apartment complexes downtown. Occupancy rates for these new developments are hovering around 90%, sharply increasing the number of people living within the small geographical footprint of downtown Athens. City leaders say this growth brings economic opportunity along with significant challenges for longtime local residents and small businesses. In March, ACC commissioners passed a moratorium on new apartment construction. They hope to examine the long-term effects of rapid growth and develop policies for managing future…

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