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Will Trains Bring 48M Tons of Coal a Year Through Seattle? Not If the Locals Can Stop It Will Trains Bring 48M Tons of Coal a Year Through Seattle? Not If the Locals Can Stop It
by Floyd McKay
A plan to bring coal from Wyoming to the Pacific Northwest coast and ship it to Asia will test the mettle of the region's environmentalists.
“We’re Not Going Anywhere”: Sandy-Struck Neighborhoods Rebuild for Resilience “We’re Not Going Anywhere”: Sandy-Struck Neighborhoods Rebuild for Resilience
by YES! online staff
Climate change has turned up the volume, making “superstorms” like Sandy more likely. In this documentary, Clodagh McGowan introduces you to coastal homeowners who are rebuilding their houses to withstand the next big one.
Security Checks, Duty-Free Shops, and...Beehives? Security Checks, Duty-Free Shops, and...Beehives?
by Kristin Hugo
Beekeepers are using empty public land around Seattle-Tacoma Airport to breed and distribute healthier strains of honeybees.
Making Hurricane Preparedness Fun...and Delicious Making Hurricane Preparedness Fun...and Delicious
by Chuck Collins
The Jamaica Plain New Economy transition town has found that pie parties are a good way to get more people interested in disaster preparedness.
How Bike Friendly Cities Beat the Opposition and Became the New Normal How Bike Friendly Cities Beat the Opposition and Became the New Normal
by Jay Walljasper
Now that all the debate about whether bike lanes are OK seems to be (mostly) over, cities around the country are enjoying their benefits.
3 Global Cities That Are Doing Bike Shares Right (And One’s in Texas!) 3 Global Cities That Are Doing Bike Shares Right (And One’s in Texas!)
by Kristin Hugo
From China to San Antonio, cities are using rental bike programs to create healthier commutes. Here are a few insights from some of the world’s best programs.
How Two Plant Geeks Grew a Permaculture Oasis in an Ordinary Backyard How Two Plant Geeks Grew a Permaculture Oasis in an Ordinary Backyard
by Abby Quillen
In “Paradise Lot,” two residents of an inner city write about how they transformed less than an acre of their blighted yard into a thriving food forest full of mushrooms, gooseberries, silkworms, and more.
“World’s Greenest Office Building” Makes Net-Zero Look Easy “World’s Greenest Office Building” Makes Net-Zero Look Easy
by Samantha Thomas
It’s a commercial office space equipped with composting toilets, rainwater showers, and a stairway designed to be so beautiful that no one ever takes the elevator.
Big City Farmers Take to the Rooftops Big City Farmers Take to the Rooftops
by YES! online staff
Space is expensive in Brooklyn, so Gotham Greens built their urban farm on a rooftop.
A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think
by Jen Soriano
Two recipients of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize are working to abolish the practice of sending trash to landfills and incinerators. And the idea is catching on.
Empowered by the Past: Red State Co-ops Go Green Empowered by the Past: Red State Co-ops Go Green
by Brooke Jarvis
A century ago, cooperatives electrified the poorest counties in the nation. Today, can they lead the way to a smarter, cleaner grid?
The Coming Climate Exodus: What We’re Doing to Help Wildlife’s New Migration The Coming Climate Exodus: What We’re Doing to Help Wildlife’s New Migration
by Peter Pearsall, Cecilia Garza
As climate change forces species to head for cooler climates, biologists are using new tools and partnerships to make sure we help—and don't hinder—their flight.
Green Housing: In Buffalo, It's Not Just for Rich People Anymore Green Housing: In Buffalo, It's Not Just for Rich People Anymore
by Mark Andrew Boyer
Can we build sustainable housing that's affordable, too? The city of Buffalo did, and created a community jobs pipeline in the process. Here's what can happen when neighborhoods take the lead.
People We Love: Asa Needle People We Love: Asa Needle
by Laura Beans
Leading teenagers in the clean-up of their hometown, Worcester, Mass.
Robot Dogs and Other Weird Creatures Bring Nature to the City Robot Dogs and Other Weird Creatures Bring Nature to the City
by Natalie Pompilio
How to create a world where people fly, salamanders text, and trash is useful.
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