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Signs of Life

Small stories about big change

California Ballot on Global Warming Solutions California Ballot on Global Warming Solutions
by Lynsi Burton
Citizens argue that generating jobs shouldn't mean derailing climate action.
Students Score Victory for Honduran Workers Students Score Victory for Honduran Workers
by Valerie Schloredt
How the "Just Pay It!" campaign on college campuses leveraged $1.5 million for Nike garment workers.
U.N. Vote on Water, Sanitation Rights U.N. Vote on Water, Sanitation Rights
by Daniel Moss
The resolution to act on the world's "most violated human right."
Maryland Protects Student Info From Recruiters Maryland Protects Student Info From Recruiters
by Pat Elder
Graduating high school students with increasingly grim job prospects are vulnerable to recruitment tactics. A new law limits military access to student data.
Canada-to-Texas Pipeline Plans Draw Criticism Canada-to-Texas Pipeline Plans Draw Criticism
by Laura Kaliebe
Activists and residents along the 2,000-mile proposed route fear damage to farming, ecosystems, and water from the transport of what has been called the world's dirtiest source of transportation energy.
Canada Extends Conservation Area to Seafloor Canada Extends Conservation Area to Seafloor
by Kristin Kolb
Victory in the 25-year struggle to protect the "Galapagos of the North"–from mountain tops to the bottom of the sea.
 Roads Aren’t Just for Cars Anymore Roads Aren’t Just for Cars Anymore
by Jeff Raderstrong
The Americas have lagged behind Europe in promoting bicycle transportation, but recent government efforts may change that.
Public Housing Goes Green Public Housing Goes Green
by Jeff Raderstrong
Throughout the last year, green public housing projects have been built or proposed in several major cities.
Farmworkers Rally for Higher Pay and Canada Frees Up Foreign Aid Farmworkers Rally for Higher Pay and Canada Frees Up Foreign Aid
Canadian officials have announced plans to untie foreign aid by 2012–2013; Workers’ rights activists are taking on one of the largest supermarket chains in America, Florida-based Publix.
In India, Fake Money Is Payback In India, Fake Money Is Payback
by Jeff Raderstrong
India's Zero Rupee note fights corruption.
Climate Talks End With People’s Agreement Climate Talks End With People’s Agreement
by Jim Shultz
More States May Create Public Banks More States May Create Public Banks
by Ellen Brown
Several states are studying the prospects of a state-owned bank or are considering legislation to make one possible.
Sweden Labels Food With CO2 Data Sweden Labels Food With CO2 Data
by Jeff Raderstrong
The Swedish government announced new food guidelines that recommend eating habits based on greenhouse-gas emissions.
Protests Mount Against Israeli Blockade of Gaza Protests Mount Against Israeli Blockade of Gaza
In a series of protests across the Arab world, activists have demanded an end to the siege of the Gaza Strip and expressed outrage at the Egyptian government for actions that reflect the political will of Israel and the United States.
Appeals Court Rules Inmates Entitled to Voting Rights Appeals Court Rules Inmates Entitled to Voting Rights
by Jeff Raderstrong
A federal appeals court in January ruled that felons incarcerated in Washington State have been illegally barred from voting.
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