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  • Lake Pukaki, Tekapo, New Zealand
    2020 C.E. December 2

    New Zealand declares climate emergency

    The government of New Zealand declared a climate emergency, a symbolic step recognizing IPCC predictions of substantial global warming if emissions do not fall. Alongside the declaration, New Zealand announced it would require its public sector to become carbon neutral by 2025.


  • Stove top
    2020 C.E.

    Homes in Scotland will be the world’s first to use 100% green hydrogen

    Scotland’s gas SGN company will outfit some 300 homes in Fife with free hydrogen boilers, heaters, and cooking appliances. The effort is the largest attempt so far to test whether carbon-free hydrogen can help the UK meet its carbon goals.


  • Swinomish Tribal Community march
    2020 C.E. December 2

    50 Native American tribes are now implementing climate strategies

    Dozens of Native nations and tribal institutions in the United States have designed climate change plans that include formal strategies and initiatives to increase the resiliency of their communities.


  • Leg with Elephantiasis
    2020 C.E. December 2

    Elephantiasis cases cut by 150 million worldwide since 2000

    Over the last 20 years, however, the number of people infected has dropped by 74%, from 199 million to 51.4 million, and last year three countries—Malawi, Kiribati, and Yemen—eliminated it altogether.


  • Sarah Fuller Vanderbilt kicker
    2020 C.E. December 1

    Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to play in a major college football game

    Sarah Fuller is the starting goalkeeper for the Vanderbilt women’s soccer team, but last Sunday she took on a different athletic role for the school as she became the first woman to play in a Power 5 Conference college football game.


  • Polar bear
    2020 C.E. December 1

    Bank of America promises to not fund Arctic drilling

    After ongoing pressure from environmental groups and Indigenous communities, Bank of America has said it will not finance any oil and gas exploration in the Arctic, making it the last major U.S. financial institution to do so.


  • Hand holding tampon
    2020 C.E. November 30

    Scotland becomes first country to make period products free

    The Period Products Bill, which passed unanimously, requires local authorities to ensure that period products are generally obtainable free of charge. Schools and colleges must ensure period products are freely available to students, and designated public places must also make the products available.


  • Garbage
    2020 C.E. November 30

    Recycling robotics company AMP Robotics could raise up to $70M

    The potential benefits of AMP Robotic’s machine learning-enabled robots are undeniable. The company’s technology can sort waste streams in ways that traditional systems never could and at a cost that’s far lower than most waste-handling facilities.


  • A bus in Moscow, Russia
    2020 C.E. November 20

    Moscow gets its 500th electric bus

    Mosgortrans, a public transit company for the Moscow metro area, has reportedly put its 500th electric bus into service. This electric bus was produced by Kamaz, a Russian truck and engine (and apparently electric bus) manufacturer.


  • Girl smiling
    2020 C.E. November 20

    WHO rolls out plan to rid world of cervical cancer, saving millions of lives

    The strategy involves vaccinating 90% of girls by the age of 15, screening 70% of women by the age of 35 and again by the age of 45, and treating 90% of women identified with cervical disease.


  • Lake Pukaki, Tekapo, New Zealand
    2020 C.E. December 2

    New Zealand declares climate emergency

    The government of New Zealand declared a climate emergency, a symbolic step recognizing IPCC predictions of substantial global warming if emissions do not fall. Alongside the declaration, New Zealand announced it would require its public sector to become carbon neutral by 2025.


  • Stove top
    2020 C.E.

    Homes in Scotland will be the world’s first to use 100% green hydrogen

    Scotland’s gas SGN company will outfit some 300 homes in Fife with free hydrogen boilers, heaters, and cooking appliances. The effort is the largest attempt so far to test whether carbon-free hydrogen can help the UK meet its carbon goals.


  • Swinomish Tribal Community march
    2020 C.E. December 2

    50 Native American tribes are now implementing climate strategies

    Dozens of Native nations and tribal institutions in the United States have designed climate change plans that include formal strategies and initiatives to increase the resiliency of their communities.


  • Leg with Elephantiasis
    2020 C.E. December 2

    Elephantiasis cases cut by 150 million worldwide since 2000

    Over the last 20 years, however, the number of people infected has dropped by 74%, from 199 million to 51.4 million, and last year three countries—Malawi, Kiribati, and Yemen—eliminated it altogether.


  • Sarah Fuller Vanderbilt kicker
    2020 C.E. December 1

    Sarah Fuller becomes first woman to play in a major college football game

    Sarah Fuller is the starting goalkeeper for the Vanderbilt women’s soccer team, but last Sunday she took on a different athletic role for the school as she became the first woman to play in a Power 5 Conference college football game.


  • Polar bear
    2020 C.E. December 1

    Bank of America promises to not fund Arctic drilling

    After ongoing pressure from environmental groups and Indigenous communities, Bank of America has said it will not finance any oil and gas exploration in the Arctic, making it the last major U.S. financial institution to do so.


  • Hand holding tampon
    2020 C.E. November 30

    Scotland becomes first country to make period products free

    The Period Products Bill, which passed unanimously, requires local authorities to ensure that period products are generally obtainable free of charge. Schools and colleges must ensure period products are freely available to students, and designated public places must also make the products available.


  • Garbage
    2020 C.E. November 30

    Recycling robotics company AMP Robotics could raise up to $70M

    The potential benefits of AMP Robotic’s machine learning-enabled robots are undeniable. The company’s technology can sort waste streams in ways that traditional systems never could and at a cost that’s far lower than most waste-handling facilities.


  • A bus in Moscow, Russia
    2020 C.E. November 20

    Moscow gets its 500th electric bus

    Mosgortrans, a public transit company for the Moscow metro area, has reportedly put its 500th electric bus into service. This electric bus was produced by Kamaz, a Russian truck and engine (and apparently electric bus) manufacturer.


  • Girl smiling
    2020 C.E. November 20

    WHO rolls out plan to rid world of cervical cancer, saving millions of lives

    The strategy involves vaccinating 90% of girls by the age of 15, screening 70% of women by the age of 35 and again by the age of 45, and treating 90% of women identified with cervical disease.



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