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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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Amazing New Process Treats Wastewater, Captures Carbon and Makes Renewable Energy

Alternet

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Cleaning up wastewater can often be a process that harms the environment. But an electrochemical reaction that absorbs more CO2 than it releases while creating renewable energy could transform emission-heavy industries.

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Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014

The New York Times

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A overview of 2014's Fixes columns - connecting the dots between 60 or so ways that people are trying to change the world.

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Boston: There's an App for That

Politico Magazine

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Boston had an issue with solving civic problems efficiently, and holding leadership accountable for it. But a new mobile app makes leaders accountable and, therefore, their systems more efficient.

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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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Ever Wonder Why Nobody Goes to Town Council Meetings? Meet the Folks Who Are Changing That.

NationSwell

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Very few people go to city council meetings. MindMixer, a tech startup company, increased civic participation in states across the U.S. with online platforms for city officials and the community to discuss ideas.

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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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How Conservative, Tough-On-Crime Utah Reined In Police Militarization

Buzzfeed

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The militarization of police forces in cases such as Ferguson, Missouri’s riots has led the state of Utah to question what can be done to prevent such an overuse of force from happening. Utah expanded upon a law passed by Democratic legislature in Maryland, which Utah’s ACLU reworked with some li...

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How This Teen's Quest to Define 'Sustainability' Changed State Law

The Tyee

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Hawaii private school students were taught about ecological sustainability, but public school students were not. After losing a school essay contest about sustainability, a high school student convinced Hawaii’s legislature to pass a resolution requiring that every student learn the meaning of th...

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From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Change

The New York Times

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Global social and economic problems are difficult to change. However, fan-activism fuels the interests of fans of popular young adult fiction. Books such as Harry Potter and the Hunger Games have inspired activist groups that raise awareness of global hunger, reading, and relief supplies to impov...

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