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Essen's experiment: Can going green revive a post-industrial economy?

Essen's experiment: Can going green revive a post-industrial economy?

Will green tourism be profitable enough for a German city to regain its former economic strength?

The shores of Baldeneysee, a ribbon of a lake that feeds into the Ruhr river near Essen, are busy. Schoolchildren cannonball into the water as sunbathers sit on beach chairs, nurse their beers and watch the paddleboarders pass by.

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Interfaith group addresses climate change.
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Interfaith group addresses climate change.

Interfaith Power and Light, a nonprofit organization represented in 40 states, including North Carolina, and Washington, D.C., has become a leading nationwide faith-based player in the climate change debate.

Not that long ago, chance are pretty good Interfaith Power & Light (IP&L;) was not a household name in many homes in North Carolina.

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Migrating birds are running out of water.

Water management in the West can often seem to pit people against wildlife, but it doesn’t have to, according to a recent report by the National Audubon Society.

WATER MANAGEMENT IN the West can often seem to pit people against wildlife, but it doesn’t have to, according to a recent report by the National Audubon Society. The report highlights how drying saline lakes in the West and changing riparian habitat along the Colorado River are impacting migrating birds. But the two habitats also share a vulnerability to climate change and water management. The demand for water from growing metropolitan areas, like Salt Lake City, is often at the expense of these habitats and wildlife.

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Storms spur $22 billion investment in battery-backed grids.

Villages and homes in far-flung places will drive the expansion of microgrids, small-scale solar systems with batteries that can retain power until it’s needed.

Growing demand for more resilient power supplies will spur $22.3 billion of global investment in battery-backed local energy systems over the next decade, according to Navigant Research.

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Desperation grows in Puerto Rico’s poor communities without water or power.

The health crisis is intensifying two weeks after Hurricane Maria, and government aid is slow. 'We could see significant epidemics,' a health expert warned.

BY PHIL MCKENNA

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Climate change creating food shortages across the Pacific, says support agency.
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Climate change creating food shortages across the Pacific, says support agency.

Food shortages and eroding coastlines are an increasingly urgent problem across the Pacific, thanks to climate change.

Food shortages and eroding coastlines are an increasingly urgent problem across the Pacific, thanks to climate change.

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Mid-air turbulence set to triple due to climate change, scientists warn.

Commercial airliners will be buffeted by up to three times more turbulence in future decades, according to a new report.

Commercial airliners will be buffeted by up to three times more turbulence in future decades, according to a new report.

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