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Saved By Sand Dunes

There’s a lot of science that shows the value of nature for reducing risk to life and property. For the last several years, the Conservancy has been at the forefront of research efforts to quantify not only the social and environmental benefits of healthy coastal habitats – dunes, coastal wetlands, maritime forests, mangroves – but also their economic value as a natural defense against storms and floods.

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10 Past Nobel Peace Prize Winners You Should Know
Daniele Selby

The Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work” to facilitate international cooperation, reduce conflict, and promote international peace, will be announced on Oct. 6. Among this year’s favorites to win are Angela Merkel, Pope Francis, and the group of volunteer humanitarian responders in Syria known as The White Helmets, Time reports. In anticipation of Friday’s big reveal, Global Citizen took a retrospective view of past Nobel Peace Prize winners and their accomplishments.

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Yucatan Peninsula
Mixing ancient farming practices with modern science is saving forests in Mexico
Matt Jenkins

The heart of Maya culture is the thick, steamy forest, known locally as “el monte,” that covers the peninsula. With hundreds of species of trees, the forest is home to awe-inspiring animals like jaguars and pumas, and is the source of the healing plants and herbs traditionally used by the Mayas. The farms and ranches here are carved from this forest. But now, The Nature Conservancy is working with 82 communities across the Yucatan Peninsula to stop deforestation. The goal is better crop, cattle and logging yields, which will allow farmers, ranchers and loggers to clear less forest. To a large extent, the key to success here lies in promoting systems of growing food that have already evolved over thousands of years to succeed in this landscape—and enhancing them to work even when the rains are unpredictable.

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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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