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There is an ongoing competition to improve batteries as a method of energy storage that is environmentally conscious. Intense research on batteries is ongoing, including the development of the "saltwater battery', in order to improve their reliability, storage abilities and safety.


Amelia Urry

February 21, 2017

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

The cotton industry is turning to a wide variety of innovations such as remote sensing, water regulation, no-till methods etc. in order to combat the varied and complex impacts climate change is having on it.


Laura Routh

February 20, 2017

United States

Investment in industry-level research and development can give consumers a meaningful metric of sustainability. Previously apparel companies were not fiscally rewarded for sustainable actions, but the Sustainable Apparel Coalition hopes to change this by providing the consumers with information to help them buy sustainably thereby rewarding companies who are environmentally minded.


Mary Hable

February 6, 2017

United States

With the threat of climate change, environmentalists are worried about the development of new technology and finding new ways to protect the environment. At Petra Nova, Carbon Capture technology removes carbon before it reaches the atmosphere and can be used for oil recovery, making it both productive financially and environmentally, to hopefully be a new solution and a way to maintain the coal industry.

The New York Times

John Schwartz

January 2, 2017

Thompson, Texas, United States

The state of Maine has been feeling the negative effects of climate change including the rising sea waters. Businesses have decided to make the best of it and do it in an environmentally sound and sustainable way. They have sought out new fisheries, renewable power, and trade distributions through the Arctic.

The Christian Science Monitor

Henry Gass

December 27, 2016

Portland, Maine, United States

For something as important as food, many communities in the West struggle. That's because agricultural systems aren't really geared for the communities that harvest the food. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss some of the most interesting challenges — and solutions — to rural food supply.

High Country News

Brian Calvert

November 15, 2016

Payona, Colorado, United States

Ashton Hayes- a small town in England- adopted a Carbon Neutrality mission, meaning they hoped to produce as much energy as they consumed. Over the past 10 years they have reduced their emissions by 40%, attributing their success to the resulting neighbourhood cohesion, dedication, and it being a public decision as opposed to one made or implemented by politicians.

Ally Hirschlag

October 16, 2016

Ashton Hayes, England

Strong building codes and a culture of energy innovation with roots in California’s cannabis country have quietly made Sacramento and its surrounding cities a model for advanced building practices that could slow its worst effects.


Griffin Hagle

September 29, 2016

Sacramento, California, United States

In Boulder, CO, a group of concerned citizens and the city have been paving the way for the city of Boulder to be free of fossil fuel energy by 2030. Along the way, they are pressuring the state and the utility to go green with them, painting a bigger picture of how the utility industry is responding to climate change.

Sustainability Pioneers

Kirsi Jansa

September 28, 2016

Boulder, Colorado, United States

Climate change causes intense weather, such as droughts and hurricanes, which damage vegetation and cultivation of farming practices. In addition, farming can contribute to climate change because it causes greenhouse gas emissions. The Malawi Farmer to Farmer Agroecology project has offered low-cost and low-technology techniques, as well as farmer-to-farmer teaching, which has successfully diversified crops and improved food security.

The Conversation

Rachel Bezner Kerr

September 21, 2016

Malawi, Africa

Reunity Resources is a Santa Fe-based company that has stepped into the national arena in which many cities are contemplating what to do with the enormous problem of food waste. Some 40% of the food supply goes uneaten in the U.S. annually. Ellen Berkovitch researched this story as part of KSFR’s Solutions Journalism Network grant initiative.

KSFR Santa Fe Public Radio


August 31, 2016

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

CFCs, chemicals created in the early 20th century, were an industrial success but destroyed the atmosphere. How a group of environmentalists, scientists, and lawyers in the 70s/80s raised public awareness which ultimately led to the most successful treaty ever, banning CFCs.


Helena Merriman

August 2, 2016


Twenty-first century cities face the factors of climate change with intensity as urban heating threatens human and the earth’s health. The University of Notre Dame has conducted research on green and cool roofing projects in the city of Chicago. They have found that green and cool roofs help mitigate the heat in cities; however, these roofs should be installed with other strategies like ponds and trees.


Ashish Sharma

July 1, 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

The Dutch have spent centuries trying to hold back both the sea and the big rivers that flow into it. But rising water due to climate change is forcing a new approach for their low-lying country.

Public Radio International

Chris Bentley

June 22, 2016

Nijmegen, Netherlands

For the last 700 years women in Ghana and Liberia have been using a valuable farming technique that modern-day agronomists have only recently figured out. It transforms depleted soil into "enduringly fertile" farmland.


Lily Kuo

June 22, 2016


Global climate change might seem to call for global action, but there are efforts going on in places you wouldn't necessarily look, with countless examples in cities across Minnesota.

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Dunbar

June 17, 2016

Burnsville, Minnesota, United States

The Gates Foundation invests in a new form of rice in India that can survive underwater, making it invaluable to regions prone to flooding.


Catherine Cheney

June 9, 2016

Bihar, India

Governments everywhere are struggling to come up with solutions to our ever-changing climate. Strategies for energy efficient cities in the effort to combat climate change are presented here.

The Trust for Public Land

Lessley Anderson

June 6, 2016

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

A groundbreaking farm scheme in California has the potential to cancel out the state’s entire commercial and residential carbon emissions—by using waste. A collaboration between scientists and San Francisco’s garbage disposal unit, the scheme turns food and yard waste into compost and spreads it into rangeland, i.e. grassland, pasture, scrub and chaparral.



June 2, 2016

California, United States

Threatened by increasingly rising sea levels caused by climate change, leaders in Miami Beach are spending equally increasing amounts of money on technology and systems to combat flooding.

Politico Magazine

Sara Solovitch

March 14, 2016

Miami Beach, Florida, United States

In light of climate change, New York State's Common Retirement Fund, the country's third-largest pension fund, decided to invest in a way that rewards companies with low carbon footprints.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

January 5, 2016

New York, New York, United States

Sustainability’s vagueness and scarcity orientation may be preventing the future it seeks to create. The time has come to adopt a new mindset: That of the Abundance Cycle.

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Jay Friedlander

December 21, 2015

Samsø, Denmark

Activists who long advocated against palm oil entirely have transitioned to campaigning for responsible sourcing and expansion of the palm oil, and, by doing so, have gained a seat at the table with the industry’s corporations.


Catherine Cheney

December 10, 2015

Singapore, Singapore

With projections that global shipping could account for 16 percent of carbon emissions by 2050, experts are looking to natural gas and so-called "slow steaming" to limit energy consumption.

The New York Times

Henry Fountain

December 8, 2015

San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico

In different regions of the United States, beavers are considered a predatory pest and have been subjected to lethal trapping by Wildlife Services. However, Methow Valley in Washington has initiated a project that saves beavers by capturing them and taking them to places where they can help revitalize natural resources and the food chain. The Methow Valley Beaver Project has demonstrated that their efforts have provided effective against climate change and reshaping the land.

High Country News

Benjamin Goldfarb

November 9, 2015

Okanogan, Washington, United States

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