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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 and new ones might not be able to open. But does the plan go far enough?
Nearly 80 Percent of Germany’s Power Came From Renewables Last Saturday
by Araz Hachadourian
For one day last week, 78 percent of Germany's power was generated by renewables like solar and wind. Now the country plans to spend €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.
These 14 Teenage Inventors Built a Glove That Translates Sign Language—and Other Tech Solutions
by Lindsey Weedston
What these kids came up with will leave you wondering what adults are even doing anymore.
Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds
by Kayla Schultz
When it comes to providing jobs and money to towns and cities, not all renewable energy is created equal.
“Nature Deficit Disorder” Is Making Us Sick—But These “Bioneers” Believe They Have the Cure
by Ruairí McKiernan
In this interview, the founder of the Bioneers conference talks about what he’s learned in 25 years of bringing thinkers together.
Beyond Divestment: Climate-Concerned Philanthropists Pledge to Move Billions to Wind and Solar
by Chuck Collins
Groups have been divesting money from oil, coal, and gas for years. Now they’re hoping to get more climate-healing bang for their buck.