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Preservation and protection of the natural environment as well as the conservation and development of alternative energy resources . These stories relate to the conservation and sustainable use of land, water, and air. They also explore the preservation and efficient use of existing energy resources as well as  the development of new ones. 

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Health departments are on climate change’s front lines

Health departments are on climate change’s fron...
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Climate Change Is Bad For Peru's Pastures ... But There's A 1,200-Year-Old Fix

Climate Change Is Bad For Peru's Pastures ... B...
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Zimbabwe: Solar Cures Energy Ills At Zimbabwe's Power-Short Clinics

Zimbabwe: Solar Cures Energy Ills At Zimbabwe's...
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How to make a carbon tax popular? Give the proceeds to the people

How to make a carbon tax popular? Give the proc...
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From Grassroots to Government: A Climate Assessment Presents a Moral Opportunity

From Grassroots to Government: A Climate Assess...
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Solar Mini-Grids Give Nigeria a Power Boost

Solar Mini-Grids Give Nigeria a Power Boost
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Artist Installs Bells Throughout Oakland that Detect Air Pollution

Artist Installs Bells Throughout Oakland that D...
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Sucking Carbon Out of the Air Is One Way to Help Save Our Planet

Sucking Carbon Out of the Air Is One Way to Hel...
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What the Dutch Can Teach Us About Wildfires

What the Dutch Can Teach Us About Wildfires
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The Wheels on These Buses Go Round and Round With Zero Emissions

The Wheels on These Buses Go Round and Round Wi...
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This new Florida neighborhood has zero emissions, tons of smart tech, and is hurricane-proof

This new Florida neighborhood has zero emission...
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How a city in China became the world's first to make all buses electric

How a city in China became the world's first to...
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This smart outlet uses AI to help you lower your electric bill

This smart outlet uses AI to help you lower you...
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How to tackle climate change, even without the help of the White House

How to tackle climate change, even without the ...
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How plants and animals are teaching scientists to fight climate change

How plants and animals are teaching scientists ...
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He's Turning Lights on in War-Torn Rural Somalia, One Panel at a Time

He's Turning Lights on in War-Torn Rural Somali...
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Solar-Powered Fridges Can Help Stop Epidemics

Solar-Powered Fridges Can Help Stop Epidemics
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A Baseball Bat Dies, and Chopsticks Are Born

A Baseball Bat Dies, and Chopsticks Are Born
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A Rural Colorado Coal County Was Struggling. Then A Tech Company Brought New Jobs

A Rural Colorado Coal County Was Struggling. Th...
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Solar Energy Drives Socio-economic Growth in Off-grid Regions

Solar Energy Drives Socio-economic Growth in Of...
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This professor wants to power Puerto Rico with a little help from Reddit

This professor wants to power Puerto Rico with ...
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Why Oslo's 'greedy method' may be the answer to Utah's air pollution woes

Why Oslo's 'greedy method' may be the answer to...
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A City That Takes Climate Change Seriously: Paris

A City That Takes Climate Change Seriously: Paris
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Lab-grown Meat on your Table

Lab-grown Meat on your Table
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How Coal Country Is Cleaning Up Its Act

How Coal Country Is Cleaning Up Its Act
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