“Unlocking the Hidden Power of a Highway”

"What if highways could turn the sunlight they’ve soaked up into renewable energy? What if they could talk to our cars and warn drivers about hazardous conditions up ahead? And what if, instead of harming the environment, they could help protect it?"

https://www.citylab.com/tech/2017/03/a-living-lab-to-bring-more-power-to-smart-highways/519129/

“Indonesia pledges $1bn a year to curb ocean waste”

"Indonesia has pledged up to $1bn a year to dramatically reduce the amount of plastic and other waste products polluting its waters. The announcement was made by Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s coordinating minister for maritime affairs at last week’s 2017 World Oceans Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali." As we move to a sustainable society, the slower we go, the more there will be to clean up in order to reach the end goal - our best choices involve moving rapidly to sustainability.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/the-coral-triangle/2017/mar/02/indonesia-pledges-us1-billion-a-year-to-curb-ocean-waste

“Solar job training in coal country”

"Coal mines used to be one of the largest employers in West Virginia. But as other, cheaper sources of energy replace coal, jobs in the industry have declined. Now young people in the state need a new career plan." Training them to work on solar installation and repair is one option.

http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2017/03/solar-job-training-in-coal-country/

“Mutant plants could absorb carbon pollution”

"Plants suck carbon dioxide out of the air during photosynthesis. It’s not enough to remove all of the pollution causing global warming. But what if someone could design a plant with an insatiable need for more CO2?"

http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2017/03/mutant-plants-could-absorb-carbon-pollution/

“IKEA converts roof into solar farm”

"The clean energy generated at the site will keep roughly twenty-four hundred tons of carbon dioxide from polluting the air each year. To put that in perspective, that’s like taking five hundred cars off the road." We need more projects like this one implemented quickly in order to achieve sustainability.

http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2017/03/ikea-converts-roof-into-solar-farm/

“Green Infrastructure Plan Fuels Smarter Growth in Richland County”

"To mitigate the effects of climate change and extreme weather events, governments at the state, regional, county, and municipal levels must understand why these events occur and how their impacts can be prevented in the long term."

http://www.esri.com/esri-news/arcnews/winter17articles/green-infrastructure-plan-fuels-smarter-growth-in-richland-county

“7,000 Railways Stations In India To Go Solar”

"The Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that the 7,000 railway stations across the country will be fed with solar power as per the Indian Railways mission to implement 1,000 megawatts of solar power capacity." More projects like this are necessary in the path toward sustainability.

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/02/21/7000-railways-stations-india-go-solar/

“How a Pacific Island Changed From Diesel to 100% Solar Power”

"In looking toward a more sustainable future, the hundreds of residents of Ta'u have put their faith in a new solar energy project, which some say they would like to see replicated around the world."

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/02/tau-american-samoa-solar-power-microgrid-tesla-solarcity/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_fb20170223news-samoasolar&utm_campaign=Content&sf58245215=1

“Fears Grow That Climate Conflicts Could Lead to War”

"Focusing too narrowly on the environmental consequences of global warming underestimates the military threats, top European and United Nations officials said at a global security conference in Munich this weekend. Their warnings follow the conclusions of defense and intelligence agencies that climate change could trigger resource and border conflicts." The threats from climate change are broad, and unless we drastically reduce our impacts on the world around us, we will be facing more of them in the very near future.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-19/war-is-the-climate-risk-that-europe-s-leaders-are-talking-about