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The USDA Is Putting $34.3 Million Into Local Food Projects. Will It Be Enough?
by Leah Penniman
Those in the food justice movement question whether the agency’s recent efforts are a superficial attempt to appear supportive of local food and minority farmers.
Energy Democracy: Inside Californians' Game-Changing Plan for Community-Owned Power
by Al Weinrub
Large utility companies control about 75 percent of the electricity market in California. A hybrid between a public agency and private utility, the new Community Choice program is a model for communities that want greener, cheaper energy.
3 Ways the TPP Will Hurt the Climate—If We Let It Pass
by Ben Lilliston
The next big trade deal is poised for a congressional vote in 2016. Here's what that means for the planet.
Here’s What We’ll Do After the Paris Climate Summit Drops the Ball
by Jim Shultz
No global agreement is coming to save the day. Our powers lie elsewhere, in our communities especially, and this is where we must take the battle.
Borrow, Save, Share: 3 Ways Seeds Can Democratize Our Food System
by Neil Thapar
Just six companies control 63 percent of the commercial seed market. But seed libraries offer us an opportunity to reclaim the seed commons and create our own community food systems.
Compost Your Corpse? This Woman Wants to Make It Legal
by Maureen O'Hagan
Katrina Spade, creator of the Urban Death Project, talks about human composting and why she's trying to make it legal in Washington state.
Capitalism vs. Climate: Naomi Klein’s New Film Takes Us From the Current Crisis to the World We Want
by Kate Aronoff
In "This Changes Everything," Naomi Klein lays out how industry interests are opposed to those of ordinary people—a point climate activists have had trouble communicating and been reluctant to fully embrace.
As State Pols Resist Obama’s Climate Plan, West Virginians Build Renewables Anyway
by Mary Hansen
So far, the state isn’t stepping up to build a solar-powered future. That leaves the bulk of the work to residents.
Can Reddit Bring the Campfire Ghost Story Back to Life? (And Other Scary News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
Man-made space trash is headed for Earth; there is science to back up why we love horror movies; and campfire stories are reimagined for the tech era.
How a Prison’s Debate Team Beat Harvard’s (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
Bernie Sanders calls climate change our biggest security threat, a video illustrates how few women are in positions of power, and Black Lives Matter organizers take on more than just race.
Can Local Economies Revolutionize the US? This Adviser to China Thinks So
by Marcus Harrison Green
Laurence Brahm advises the Chinese government on economic and environmental policy. Here’s what he thinks the United States can learn from China.
Video: An Economist Explains How Money Has Caused the Climate Crisis
by Liz Pleasant
Typically, we solve problems by expanding the economy. When it comes to the environment, that will only make things worse.
Do Ads Keep the Internet Democratic? (And Other News to Chew on)
by YES! Staff
Drone footage shows nature taking back what’s hers; Washington high-school students build tiny houses for the homeless; and the epic tech battle over adblockers.
How Obama’s New EPA Regs Can Bring More Local Control Over Energy—Even in Red States
by Gar Alperovitz
The Clean Power Plan is counting on states to cut carbon emissions. Will they be the new frontiers for change?
10,000 Icelanders Invite Syrian Refugees Into Their Homes (And Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
Scotland takes a new approach to sex work legislation, the VW bus is coming back greener than ever, and Iceland's citizens urge their government to do more for refugees.