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Signs of Life :: Winter 2011
Small stories about big change.
Animals and Us: Help Us Hatch Our Next Issue
by Sarah van Gelder
The YES! editorial team is hard at work on our spring issue about animals. Here’s an advance look at what we're planning—and a chance to share your ideas.
Pittsburgh Bans Natural Gas Drilling
by Mari Margil, Ben Price
A historic new ordinance bans natural gas drilling while elevating community decision making and the rights of nature over the “rights” associated with corporate personhood.
The Road to Right-Size Cities
by Frank and Deborah Popper
The American fable of all-but-permanent urban and economic growth is over. How cities can prepare for a smaller, but not necessarily worse, future.
Film Trailer: Living Downstream
A documentary that follows ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, as she explores the seemingly unnatural causes of cancer.
Film Trailer: Age of Stupid
For one man looking back from the year 2055, it seems clear that we should have dealt with climate change as soon as we noticed it.
Hot Renewable: Wide Interest in Solar Power
by Madeline Ostrander, Doug Pibel
The U.S. moves toward a tipping point for solar energy.
Sourcing "Rare Earth" Elements
by Rik Langendoen
A jumpstart for the safe and fair sourcing of some of our most precious materials.
Restaurants, Counties, Colleges Promote Tap Water
by Tiffany Ran
Tap into the movement that is doing away with bottled water.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Hit the Road
by Alyssa B. Johnson
How government and industry are getting behind a new breed of electric cars.
Boat-to-Table Fishing CSAs Catching On
by Ellen Tyler, Daniel Fireside
Do you know who your fisherman is?
Victory Bonds for Clean Energy
by Todd Larsen
What if Americans could support a clean energy future the way they once supported the U.S. war effort?
The Story of Electronics
Video: Annie Leonard explains why “designed for the dump” electronics are toxic to people and the planet … and what to do about it.
Advice for Water Warriors
by Maude Barlow
Maude Barlow on how to move the water justice movement forward.
UN: Caution, Not Climate Tinkering
by Jeff Conant
The UN placed a moratorium on experiments that try to manipulate the Earth’s climate.