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7 hopeful climate stories from around the world

Center for Global Development

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Evidence continues to build that humans are contributing to a climate change issue that is nothing but bad news for the planet. Hopeful stories from seven countries, including India, Indonesia, and China, show that efforts to combat climate change might finally be working.

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Africa's quiet solar revolution

The Christian Science Monitor

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Electricity is hard to come by in much of Africa. Now, skipping over the fossil fuel age, solar panels are bringing a cheap form of electricity to the continent.

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A Light in India

The New York Times

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Access to electricity in India takes a huge economic, educational and health-related toll. A small company’s innovative system is turning rice husks into electricity and illuminating India’s poorest state.

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Bill Gates Can't Build a Toilet

The New York Times

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More than one-third of the world’s population, approximately 2.5 billion people, doesn’t have access to a toilet. Ecological toilets that use natural composting to break down waste are simple to construct, waterless and are easy to fix.

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‘Waste' Fuels Scientists' Efforts

Journalism Without Walls

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In order to hunt for the oldest fossils in Africa, scientists needed to produce alternative forms of energy to allow them to live in these desert regions.One such project is the gasifier, which turns discarded doum palm nuts into energy.

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Can We Fix the Climate by Being More Like Hawaii?

The Tyee

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The world is struggling with smart ways to confront climate change. Hawaii's '2050 plan' for sustainability, though, could be a good model for the rest of the world.

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Climate Change Mitigation's best-kept secret

Ensia

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The breakdown of the ozone layer is one of the most well-known effects of climate change. Citizens enact different ways to protect the atmosphere from a build up of methane gas.

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Crowdfunding Clean Energy

The New York Times

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In Oakland, a company created an online crowd-funding platform that allows users to earn interest by financing clean energy projects and gives people with good social intentions a direct line of action.

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Ethical Businesses With a Better Bottom Line

The New York Times

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Corporations concerned about their social and environmental impact must also consider the costs. Bcorps, a new form of corporation in the U.S., are using a rigorous certification process to gain consumers trust and boost sales.

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Green Roofs in Big Cities Bring Relief From Above

The New York Times

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New York City black tar roofs cause a number of environmental problems, including air pollution, heat absorption that raises energy consumption, and storm water runoff in the sewer system. Efforts to turn these old roofs into green spaces cool the buildings, enable the containment of more rainfal...

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