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The Renegade Winter Gardener of Austria

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When his lettuce survived an early frost, Wolfgang Palme realized he’d discovered how to grow vegetables all winter long. Now he wants you to do it too.

Europe Is Going Coal-Free

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By the end of this decade, the world’s dirtiest source of energy will have vanished from over a dozen European countries.

Can We All Be Like Texas?

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How a conservative, oil-pumping state became one of the world’s biggest generators of wind power.

This ‘Carbon-Negative’ Burger Is Fighting Climate Change

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As fake meat floods the market, some fast-food joints are insisting that their ultra-sustainably raised beef is better for the planet.

Abandoned Coal Plants Are a Huge Opportunity

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They’re cavernous, solidly built and often on prime urban land. Now, they’re being reborn as everything from charter schools to solar farms.

The No-Waste Goal That Succeeded by Failing

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Years ago, the Japanese village of Kamikatsu set the goal of producing zero waste by 2020. They’re not going to make it—and that’s just fine with them.

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Mitigating Climate Change: The Game!

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Nothing says family fun during the holidays like a good ol’ game night. This season, here’s a game future generations might appreciate too.

Power Struggle

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In the haze of the California wildfires, a Native American tribe’s independent electricity grid saved the day. Is a new model for energy in America rising from the ashes? 

Ban the Bag!

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Those ubiquitous flimsy shopping sacks are vanishing from country after country, leaving less plastic in our seas, our trees and our own digestive systems.

Trees Are Healing Our Planet

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A recent study found that new forests might be our best shot at saving the world. A global guide to doing it right.

What Baltimore Gets Right about Urban Trees

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While other cities plant trees, Baltimore has focused on monitoring and maintaining the ones it already has—and is one of the few cities whose urban forest is expanding.

Let Them Eat Larvae

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Farmers are feeding their livestock the larvae of black soldier flies—an abundant, sustainable snack that’s quietly greening the industry, one maggot at a time.

The Necessity of Nuclear

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After reading David Byrne’s article suggesting that nuclear power is too risky to be a part of our green energy evolution, I had a few thoughts to share.

Can Lawsuits Save Planet Earth?

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These days, the litigators hauling climate change scoundrels into court are doing more than any politician to keep our environment healthy and livable.

Divest!

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More and more institutions and even whole countries are ending their investments in fossil fuels. This is happening. Money talks.

When Politics Fails, Call the Lawyers

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It was legal teams—not politicians—that ultimately held the tobacco industry to account. Their next target? Perpetrators of climate change.

Interactive: 30 Years of Suing the Bastards

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Early lawsuits like the Exxon Valdez settlement paved the way for the cases now holding climate changers to account. See our timeline of the eco-litigation evolution.