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The Chronicle

Lungelo Ndhlovu

19 May 2021

Chiredzi, Zimbabwe

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Rural communities in Bandama and Dungwe villages in Chiredzi and Mwenezi are using biogas technology to cook instead of cutting down trees for firewood. The technology relies on fermenting cow dung and using the mater...

Texas Tribune

Vianna Davila

Jeremy Schwartz

Kiah Collier

22 February 2021

Texas, United States

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After winter storms and freezing temperatures in 2011 and 2014 caused power plants in Texas to shut down, the state’s energy regulators failed to adapt the state’s electric grid for future extreme weather events. Expe...

Wall Street Journal

Katherine Blunt

Russell Gold

19 February 2021

Texas, United States

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By relying on the market to give energy suppliers' incentives to keep the power going during extreme weather events, a historic cold snap in Texas revealed cracks in the state’s free-market energy system, which left m...

Yes! Magazine

Iris M. Crawford

10 February 2021

Georgia, United States

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Two climate coalitions led by BIPOC have strengthened their communities by empowering diverse stakeholders to address social inequities. The coalitions are engaging and centering the voices of Black, Indigenous and pe...

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Katia Mullova

26 October 2020

United States

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SkyTruth, a nonprofit environmental watchdog organization, is using satellite imagery and remote sensing data to identify and monitor the impacts of human industrial activity on the natural environment. Their service ...

Arctic Today

Amy Yee

1 September 2020

Rwanda

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Alternative energy systems in Africa could help inform how to trap methane in the Arctic. Due to permafrost thawing and glaciers melting, methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, is leaking into t...

Equal Times

Steve Rushton

3 August 2020

France

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There are 29 Resistance to Advertising Aggression (RAP) groups working in France to ban outdoor advertising such as billboards. The groups worked with the mayor in the city of Grenoble to cancel a contract for 326 out...

BBC

Kwon Moon

24 July 2020

Seoul, South Korea

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There’s a subterranean, organic farm in one of Seoul’s subway stations that could be another way to approach sustainable urban farming. The “vertical” farm, known as Metro Farm, uses a mineral nutrient solution instea...

Next City

Maddy Savage

21 April 2020

Norway

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Norway provides financial incentives for its citizens to transition to electric vehicles. The strategy is working—electric vehicles are responsible for 40 percent of new car sales, compared to 2 percent in the United ...

Vox

David Roberts

28 October 2019

California, United States

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Localized, distributed energy systems are popping up around California. As the larger electricity system becomes less reliable in the face of wildfires, more individuals are turning to microgrids and solar energy with...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Heather May

27 August 2019

Herriman, Utah, United States

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In a collaborative effort between developers, power companies, and the government, a new apartment complex in Utah will be almost entirely powered by solar energy. The complex, developed by Wasatch Premier Communities...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Oliver Gordon

4 July 2019

London, England

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In London, two community-driven initiatives are working side by side to engage residents in sustainable practices. Energy Garden, a community energy cooperative, has created green spaces in rail stations offers reside...

CivicStory

Donna Liu

26 June 2019

Holmdel, New Jersey, United States

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A New Jersey nonprofit, Sustainable Jersey, is taking a collaborative approach to environmental health, action, and sustainability. The organization is primarily a certification program, giving New Jersey towns guidel...

Bangor Daily News

Lauren Abbate

24 May 2019

Warren, Maine, United States

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After sitting abandoned for 20 years, 27-thousand tons of plastic carpet are in the beginning processes of being removed. The pile, located in an old rifle range in Warren, Maine, is being transported to a local cemen...

Gizmodo

Yessenia Funes

5 April 2019

New York, New York, United States

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The New York Yankees are the first and only baseball team to sign onto the United Nation’s Sports for Climate Action Framework. In doing so they hope to lead their fanbase into committing to five principles: making sy...

Atmos

Janice Cantieri

7 March 2019

Kiribati

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Around the world, communities are creating new technologies, processes, and relationships to the land in an effort to adapt to the changing climate. From the I-Kiribati using new hydroponic systems to grow food amidst...

Grist

Maria Gallucci

21 February 2019

Copenhagen, Denmark

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As part of a larger shift toward transparency, the shipping industry is exploring blockchain technology through a collaboration between Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration and Frontier Sky. Together, they applied b...

The New York Times

Henry Fountain

Ben C. Solomon

14 February 2019

Gadmen, Switzerland

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Melting glaciers threaten the Swiss Alps, especially the hydropower it provides. The idea of building a dam as a back-up way to generate power is catching on. The permitting process just began, but construction will n...

NPR

Kirk Siegler

19 October 2018

Hotchkiss, Colorado, United States

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After “the shock” that laid off many coal miners in Delta County, Colorado, the area is experiencing a resurgence. Population is growing, finally, and a fiber optic internet company has stimulated the economy with new...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Gregory Scruggs

19 October 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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In 2008, Vancouver’s mayoral candidate Gregor Robertson said he would transform the city to be the world’s greenest by 2020. One decade later, steps toward decreasing greenhouse gas emissions have been made, but the 2...

The Innovator

Cecelia Paladino

1 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The New York-based organization, Sustainable South Bronx, is working to reverse the public health effects, namely asthma, that poor air quality has caused. The initiative works to educate residents about the environme...

Colorlines

Denise Fairchild

11 January 2018

Mississippi, United States

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As the United States grapples with the already-occurring effects of climate change, there is a growing call from the energy democracy movement to make sure energy efficiency remains equitable and affordable. Initiativ...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

22 November 2017

Machakos, Machakos County, Kenya

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In a small town in Kenya called Machakos, several solar power startups are bringing light and electricity to families who previously went without. Using a pay-as-you-go mobile payment system and a single solar panel, ...

High Country News

Leah Todd Lin

15 November 2016

Hobbs, New Mexico, United States

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Lea County, New Mexico felt the downfall of the oil industry deeply; now, towns like Hobbs rebuild their economic infrastructure by investing in alternative energy plants as well as affordable housing for its resident...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

5 January 2016

New York, New York, United States

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In light of climate change, New York State's Common Retirement Fund, the country's third-largest pension fund, decided to invest in a way that rewards companies with low carbon footprints.

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