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Grist

Elizabeth McGowan

11 July 2017

Tonawanda, New York, United States

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When the coal-powered Huntley Generating Station began to shut down, the livelihood of the local community in Tonawanda was greatly threatened; numerous jobs were at stake and looming impacts on the town's largest tax...

Anthropocene Magazine

Robinson Meyer

1 July 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The burning of coal for fuel is one of the world's largest contributors to CO2 emissions, and continues to worsen the detrimental effects of planetary warming. But while many feel hopeless in light of an administratio...

Anthropocene Magazine

Mark Harris

1 July 2017

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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As electric utilities expand to include evolving forms of energy such as varied renewables, the already complex puzzle of storage and distribution (effectively addressing surges and lulls in demand) has grown more dif...

Japan for Sustainability

Yuka Kume

30 June 2017

Date, Fukushima, Japan

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Japan is a rapidly aging country. To help combat present and future ramifications it has implemented "Smart Wellness City Comprehensive Special Zones to Achieve Health and Longevity" to encourage and reward healthy li...

Shareable

Nithin Coca

19 June 2017

Aizu, Fukushima, Japan

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Once a household name across the world for the disaster caused by the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster, Fukushima is on the path to revitalization. Locals in Fukushima are working to dispel any myths left behind i...

The New York Times

Michael Kimmelman

15 June 2017

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Rotterdam is increasingly threatened by climate change and the rising water levels that accompany it. Yet instead of building barriers, city officials are choosing to work with the water to help it flow through the ci...

Triple Pundit

Leon Kaye

15 June 2017

Success, New Hampshire, United States

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U-Haul and supermarket supplier C&S Wholesale Grocers are striving to help offset their wood use by increasing donations to The Conservation Fund. This partnership has led to the promotion of the conservation of the S...

CivicStory

Sonia Schnee

13 June 2017

Trenton, New Jersey, United States

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Trenton, NJ residents are improving their city through urban agriculture. ISLES, the non-profit group supporting the community gardens, is encouraging community-building as well as a healthy lifestyle that benefits pe...

Facility Executive Magazine

Anne Cosgrove

12 June 2017

Richfield, Minnesota, United States

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With the prices of solar technology dropping and the opportunity to save drastically on energy usage and costs, businesses and organizations across the country are investing more in solar infrastructure for their buil...

NPR

Chhavi Sachdev

7 June 2017

Delhi, India

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Scientists and activists in India are training citizens to collect information on water issues like contamination — and upload it so it can be used to push for change.

News Deeply

Liza Ramrayka

2 June 2017

Kapilakot, Sindhuli, Nepal

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After Nepal's 2015 earthquake, many village women were left in financial devastation and struggled to support their families. The earthquake destroyed up to 90% of small enterprises and markets, so the United Nations ...

Citiscope

Patralekha Chatterjee

29 May 2017

Surat, Gujarat, India

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TARU, an Indian thinktank, has found that Indians cities have combined decentralized action and "multi-stakeholder engagement" in public policy to respond to problems of scarcity in water and power as well as climate ...

Al Jazeera

Gelareh Darabi

25 May 2017

Milan, Lombardy, Italy

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Respiratory diseases caused by air pollution now account for more premature deaths in people worldwide than malaria and HIV combined. To address increasing contamination levels, particularly in cities, scientists have...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

19 May 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Climate change is a growing issue, but the Citizens' Climate Lobby (a group of volunteers who work to get Republicans and Democrats to work in unison) is aiming to curb carbon emissions. So far the group has had a lar...

Financial Times

Pilita Clark

18 May 2017

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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An economic shift to renewable energy could take decades, but thanks to rapidly evolving disruptive technologies, dropping prices of solar and wind power sources, and increasing market demand for green business, the ...

Eco-Business

Feng Zengkun

17 May 2017

Sedenak, Johor, Malaysia

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A collaborative effort among the United Nations' District Energy in Cities Initiative, the Malaysian government, and various private partners has raised awareness and facilitated planning in Malaysia's rapidly develop...

Pro Bono Australia

Wendy Williams

11 May 2017

Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

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A research fellow at Deakin University’s School of Engineering in Australia has developed a world-first technology 3D printer prototype capable of printing plumbing and sanitation supplies using discarded plastics - a...

The Guardian

Lucy Lamble

Kary Stewart

27 April 2017

Colombia

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Local civil society groups are at the forefront of rebuilding Colombia. With decades of armed conflict officially ended, efforts to support a lasting peace focus on inequality and land issues and work to advance susta...

Ms. Magazine

Andrea Cooper

24 April 2017

Paris, Paris Region, France

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Women4Climate is a new alliance of women mayors from major cities who are determined to act against climate change with or without federal support. Instead, they mentor each other in innovative solutions, cross-promot...

Christian Science Monitor

Tom A. Peter

16 April 2017

Samso, Denmark

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Samsø, a small island in Denmark, has done what no other city has reached; energy independence. People on the island use a combination of wind, solar, and biomass, energy. How is such a large feat accomplished? Local ...

Naked Capitalism

Kaela Bamberger

4 April 2017

Concordia, Kansas, United States

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RedTire is a program operating in Kansas that helps coordinate the selling and buying of businesses. The service has proven critical in rural areas that often only have a single key entity, like a pharmacy, and would ...

Boulder Weekly

Emma Murray

22 March 2017

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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The heating and cooling of homes accounts for some of the greatest energy consumption in the United States, and contributes significantly to the release of CO2 into the atmosphere. A movement of "passive housing" is c...

Eco-Business

Jessica Cheam

16 March 2017

Pattaya City, Thailand

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Large festivals are notorious culprits of mass waste generation, and the general mentality of many Western cultures is that eco-friendliness requires extra effort and is often unobtainable. But the founders of Wonderf...

Al Jazeera

Russell Beard

Juliana Schatz

5 March 2017

Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

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By 2050 the percentage of the world's population living in cities will increase to two-thirds with significant environmental strains. In Colombia, a company called Conceptos Plasticos collects recyclable plastic mat...

BBC

Mukul Devichand

5 March 2017

Beijing, Jingjinji, China

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Air pollution is a huge problem for China, but surprisingly, the Air Quality Index in several cities is improving because of a variety of experimental projects that are being rolled out and a number of clever pollutio...

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