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“You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and ... No Life”: A Montana Professor on the Issue of Our Time
by Sarah van Gelder
University of Montana professor George Price on permaculture, race, and how he’s standing up to tar sands extraction.
On Rooftops of Paris, Expect Green Roofs and Solar Panels
by Tom Lawson
The new French law, which requires renewable energy or plants on all new commercial buildings, is the first of its kind at the national level.
After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now
by Sarah van Gelder
YES! co-founder Sarah van Gelder sets out on a road trip to find the edge of change.
The Crunch: Why Washington D.C. Hired a Herd of Goats (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
This week we’re talking about the future of work, a "masculine studies" program... and goats.
Naomi Klein: Obama Makes Strides Toward Reducing Coal—But We Still Have a Long Way to Go
by Amy Goodman, Nermeen Shaikh
Under new EPA regulations, U.S. power plants will be required to cut emissions. But does the plan go far enough?
Nearly 80 Percent of Germany’s Power Came From Renewables In An Afternoon
by Araz Hachadourian
For a few hours in July, 78 percent of Germany's power was generated by renewables like solar and wind. The country is spending €200 billion to move away from fossil fuels permanently.
LA's New Car Share Program Offers Electric Vehicles to Low-Income Drivers
by Shared-Use Mobility Center
Funded by state cap-and-trade revenue, Los Angeles' program will introduce an electric car-sharing fleet to lower carbon emissions and serve disadvantaged communities.
How This Library Paid $1 to Install Its Solar Panels
by Mary Hansen
In West Virginia, Solar Holler helps nonprofits install solar panels for less than the price of a cup of coffee.
Can We Save Our Planet? What the Climate Movement Can Learn From the Nuclear Freeze Campaign
by Duncan Meisel
The Nuclear Freeze Campaign of the 1980s saved the world from nuclear war. Here's what today's climate activists can learn from its success.
Drink Your Way to Sustainability With These Climate-Conscious Microbrews
by Kayla Schultz
It's the weekend! Plan your happy hour with our interactive map of forward-thinking breweries.
In a Win for Opponents of Mountaintop Removal, W.Va. Govt Decides to Study Health Impacts
by Laura Michele Diener
The state's shift in approach is also good news for environmentalists worldwide, who want to see more urgency in transitioning away from fossil fuels.
Community-Owned Energy: How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public Grid
by Thomas M. Hanna
In this red state, publicly owned utilities provide electricity to all 1.8 million people. Here's how Nebraska took its energy out of corporate hands and made it affordable for everyday residents.
In 10 Years, No One In Helsinki Will Even Want to Own a Car: 3 Simple Ideas That Are Making Cities Sustainable
by Shannan Stoll
An app that combines the affordability of ride sharing with the reliability of taxis. Playgrounds built as sponges for reusable greywater. From Finland to California, the cities of the future are here.
These 3 Colleges Stopped Investing in Fossil Fuels—One Year Later, Their Endowments Are Doing Just Fine
by A.C. Shilton
Colleges argue that divestment is not financially responsible—but those who’ve already done it say the risk is minimal.
Dutch Company Powers Streetlights With Living Plants; Will Your Cell Phone Be Next?
by Kayla Schultz
Forget potato clocks. This promising new technology derives substantial amounts of electricity from living plants.