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This NGO is Illuminating the World with Solar

After winning a Zayed Future Energy Prize award last year, Liter of Light has moved beyond simple water-bottle solar lights and launched new programs, including one that trains citizens how to make solar-powered street lights.

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Men Advancing the Gender Agenda

When PwC advisory consultant Peter Yobo moved from Ghana to the U.S., he found it “amazing” that American women could go to school, get jobs — even oversee the work of other men. But he soon realized that women in the U.S. face other forms of gender discrimination. In this op/ed, he shares his experience and a message for men.

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TransCanada Shows How the TPP Will Threaten Climate

TransCanada’s lawsuit against the U.S. government — which utilize a dispute mechanism in NAFTA — could be a sign of what’s to come if the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) moves ahead as planned.

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Record Homelessness Spurs California, NYC and Hawaii to Act

Both Los Angeles and Hawaii recently declared states of emergency because of escalating homelessness in their states. The answers proposed in the two sunny climes, however, are as different as night and day — and both are destined to raise some eyebrows.

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Obama Halts Most Coal Mining on Public Lands

President Obama has kept true to his State of the Union address this week: He has placed a moratorium on coal mining on public lands while the Department of Interior reviews the use of federal lands for coal mining production. As the tag line often says: Some exceptions exist.

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New Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Nods to Presidential Pick

If you are going to pick a consumer product to symbolize the social message of your presidential campaign, you can’t go wrong with ice cream. And if Bernie Sanders should win the Democratic candidacy, Ben & Jerry’s will have the flavor picked out for the party.

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Lead Poisoning Troubles Link Chicago and Flint, Michigan

Call it a modern-day tale of two cities: Chicago and Flint, Michigan, are both battling epidemics of lead poisoning, and looking at generations of lower scholastic scores and a higher incidence of behavioral issues for many of the cities’ youngest residents. Community members in both cities charge that local and state governments have failed their children and should be held accountable for the exposure.

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The Pro-Life Argument for Climate Action

To acknowledge climate change as a human life issue, regardless of religious or political affiliation, is to bridge political divides and broaden the base of people who will act.

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3p Weekend: The Silicon Valley You Won’t See on Postcards

Thanks to the influx of large tech companies, the San Francisco Bay Area has ballooned in both wealth and population over the past two decades. But the picture isn’t always as pretty as those postcards of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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TransCanada Files Suit Over Keystone XL: Does It Have Merit?

The Obama administration is to blame for billions of dollars in losses, says TransCanada, which is taking the government to court over its decision to block the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The two suits, which some Canadian experts say have a strong footing, don’t appear to address the question at heart, which is whether governments have the responsibility (and the right) to act on new scientific data and protect their environment and constituents from climate change.