Environment

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Renewable Energy Jobs Grew Globally in 2020, Defying Expectations

Clean energy jobs rose to 12 million last year even amid the pandemic but officials say green employment must come with decent conditions and bring in more women.
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Wind Turbines Are Being Recycled Into Bike Shelters, High-speed Rail Lines, Power Line Poles, and Roofs

The Danish port city of Aalborg, where the new recyclable blades are being made, has found an innovative new use for old blades, by turning them into bike shelters for the city’s cyclists.
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The United Nations Declares Access to a Healthy Environment a "Human Right"

This is great news for the future of humanity: with this historic decision, this means the UN will be taking climate action more seriously on a global scale.
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Researchers Have Found a Creative Way To Save Forests: They're Letting Trees Tweet

The tweeting tree’s messages are based on data from a suite of sensors on and around its trunk, using a real-time approach to tree monitoring pioneered by Witness Tree’s inspiration and sister project TreeWatch.net.
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Researchers Have Figured Out How to 3D Print Bridges With Dramatically Less Waste and C02

Researchers have used 3D printing to build load-bearing concrete structures that require significantly less material and no steel reinforcement or mortar.
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Paris Shows How to Make Public Housing Greener and More Habitable at the Same Time

In the past decade, Paris has worked hard to align social housing with its larger climate goals. And Americans have a lot to learn from their efforts.
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Virtual Reality May Help Us Develop Empathy for Oceans and Marine Life

Getting people to care about the oceans — which are out of sight and out of mind for many — can be particularly challenging. And virtual reality may be a creative solution.
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Water Protectors in Standing Rock Are Fighting For a Safer America

At the Standing Rock Reservation between North and South Dakota, a community of Indigenous activists is working to protect water and water systems across the U.S. They are known as Water Protectors: a group of cultural organizers who believe in the sacred nature of water and land. 
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How an Italian Denim Manufacturer Has Created the World's Most Sustainable Jeans

Candiani's denim operation is sometimes called “the greenest mill in the blue world.” And their denim formula has been awarded Global Organic Textile Standards GOTS approval and won numerous awards.
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How to Ethically and Sustainably Dispose of Your Yard's Leaves This Autumn

Putting raked leaves in a landfill has a long-term cost for a community. Even recycling green waste via community-wide collection, while less problematic than throwing it away, is still not the simplest and most economical use of this gardening treasure.
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