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Santa Catarina River in Monterrey
Coke and Pepsi, gardening together in Mexican mountains to preserve urban water
Jason Margolis

The semiarid Mexican city of Monterrey has two major challenges with water: either there is not enough of it, or there’s far too much.Improving and fixing the area’s infrastructure could cost billions. But a US environmental organization has a far cheaper solution, and it’s getting rival corporations — like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo — to come together to pay for it.

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(ALL USES AUTHORIZED) Wind farm turbines situated on a ridge top in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. PHOTO CREDIT: © Kent Mason
The Good News: Almost Everyone Else Knows That Global Warming Is Real
Mark Tercek

The decision to abandon the Paris Agreement on global warming is a short-sighted mistake. There’s no doubt it will impose big costs here at home, from our leadership in the clean energy revolution to our standing on the world stage. Without support from the federal government, we can’t get there. But the good news is that we can still make significant progress.

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Workers install solar panels at the Constantine photovoltaic power station in Cestas, near Bordeaux, southwestern France, Friday, May 22, 2015. Once operational, the Constantine plant is set to be the largest ground-mounted photovoltaic installation across Europe. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
This Brilliant Program Installs Solar Panels for Free for Low-Income Residents
Joe McCarthy

Renewable energy created jobs nearly 17 times faster than the rest of the economy in 2016, yet a common argument against the industry is that it costs traditional energy jobs, harming more workers and families than it benefits.A new initiative in Washington is aiming to put this myth to rest by showing that renewable energy not only creates jobs, but also improves society as a whole.

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Aulani Wilhelm, an ocean conservationist
This Global Citizen of America Helped to Save Hawaii’s Waters. Now She’s Going Global
Joe McCarthy

“There’s this sense that the ocean isn’t a barrier but that it’s what connects us,” Aulani Wilhelm, an ocean conservationist, told Global Citizen. “Voyaging and going outward and connecting and going back and forth has always been deeply rooted.” Wilhelm is the senior vice president for the center for oceans at Conservation International. She was born and raised in Hawaii and she’s spent much of her career advocating, successfully, for the protection of the oceans.

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he rail service has lifted neighborhoods all along the line, spurring economic activity, new housing and cultural pride.
The Green Engine that Could (Restore Neighborhoods)
Erick Trickey

In the Twin Cities, the Green Line shuttles thousands of Minnesotans to and from work, home, schools and shopping. But more than that, the rail service has lifted neighborhoods all along the line, spurring economic activity, new housing and cultural pride. LISC Twin Cities helped galvanize local groups to be a part of the green line’s planning, and invested $70 million for development projects along the corridor to ensure that low-income residents benefit from the new rail.

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You won’t be able to drive a car that runs on gasoline or diesel in France beyond the year 2040
France Is Banning Gasoline-Powered Cars by 2040
Joe McCarthy

You won’t be able to drive a car that runs on gasoline or diesel in France beyond the year 2040, according to the country’s new environmental minister, Nicolas Hulot. The decision will accelerate France’s transition to a carbon-neutral society by 2050, and it continues president Emmanuel Macron’s elevation of environmental initiatives since he took office earlier this year.

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This Volcano Scientist Is Running for Office to Fight Trump’s Anti-Climate Actions
Joe McCarthy

Jess Phoenix has spent her scientific career descending into volcanos to study climate change. Now she’s trying to descend into Congress to figure out how to stop it. Phoenix is one in a new class of scientist-turned-politician who are running for office following the election of Donald Trump and his positions on climate change. For them, the stakes have become too high to remain politically neutral. “I was moved to step out of my work boots and into the race for Congress,” Phoenix writes on her campaign website. “Because people like Donald Trump and Steve Knight are threatening that future by destroying some of the most basic things we all agree are important.”

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