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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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A Change in the Weather on Wall Street

The New York Times

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Climate change has a political problem: the countries most affected by it are not the ones in a position to do anything. In many ways, the United States was unconcerned about the issue - until Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast and politicians started to pay attention.

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Aided by the Sea, Israel Overcomes an Old Foe: Drought

The New York Times

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Israel has grappled with crippling drought for years. But people have learned to use Mediterranean sea water and recycled wastewater to provide the country with enough water for all its needs.

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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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As climate changes, cities grapple with big rains

Minnesota Public Radio

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While some parts of the United States struggle with drought, others are faced with more water than they know what to do with. Minnesota reconstructs roads and drainage systems in order to be more prepared for the large amounts of rain fall they are now receiving.

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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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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 brings a new wrinkle to life on Palau's islands: Fear of the sea

Public Radio International (PRI)

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Climate change presents an increasingly threatening change in sea levels to small island communities. Now, there is a bigger push to change Palau's infrastructure to protect citizens.

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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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Clean Water at No Cost? Just Add Carbon Credits

The New York Times

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The company that manufactures Lifestraw, a water purification device, has found a way to distribute their product to impoverished Kenyan families for free, while still making a profit. In the global carbon credit market, businesses receive carbon credits for projects that reduce greenhouse gas em...

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