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  • izayah ramos cR i WgRlQ unsplash
    2016 C.E. May 17

    In Los Angeles, progress in getting vets into housing

    In the last year, the number of homeless veterans fell by 30 percent. Even more dramatic, the number of vets living on the streets decreased by 44 percent.


  • Money e1510597845574 1
    2016 C.E. April 26

    A majority of millennials now reject capitalism, poll shows

    The Harvard University survey, which polled young adults between ages 18 and 29, found that 51 percent of respondents do not support capitalism. Just 42 percent said they support it.


  • Full Disk Earth, Apollo 17, 1972
    2016 C.E. April 22

    175 nations sign historic Paris climate deal on Earth Day

    World leaders from 175 countries signed the historic Paris climate accord Friday, using Earth Day as a backdrop for the ceremonial inking of a long-fought deal that aims to slow the rise of harmful greenhouse gases. "We are in a race against time." U.N. secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the gathering at the United Nations headquarters in New York. "The era of consumption without consequences is over."


  • Tiger 1
    2016 C.E. April 10

    For the first time in 100 years, tiger numbers are growing

    After a century of constant decline, the number of wild tigers is on the rise! According to the most recent data, around 3,890 tigers now exist in the wildup from an estimated 3,200 in 2010.


  • Berkeley
    2016 C.E. February 12

    Berkeley passer worker cooperative resolution

    Not merely a symbolic gesture, the resolution directs City staff to develop a substantive ordinance that supports and incentivizes the growth of worker cooperatives in Berkeley.


  • Solar panels unsplash 2
    2015 C.E. December 15

    U.S. sets staggering record with 191% growth in solar power installations in 2016

    A new report shows that in the third quarter of this year alone, enough solar panels to generate 4,143 MW of electricity were installed in the United States. This boom in installations contributes to the prediction that coal is a fading industry, and will never return to its former grandeur.


  • Seattle 1
    2015 C.E. November 25

    Seattle schools enact historic scheduling change allowing students more sleep

    All of the district high schools and most middle schools will be starting later than in the past, at 8:45 a.m., while many elementary schools will be starting earlier, at 7:55 a.m. A few elementary and K-8 schools will start at 9:35 a.m.


  • A man hand open an empty wallet
    2015 C.E. October 25

    World poverty rate to fall below 10% for the first time

    The World Bank projects that the number of people living in poverty fell to 702 million people in 2015, or about 9.6% of the global population.


  • 2015 C.E. September 25

    World leaders adopt Sustainable Development Goals

    At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, more than 150 world leaders adopted the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


  • Oakland Tribune Tower 1
    2015 C.E. September 10

    Oakland passes resolution in support of worker cooperatives

    The day after Labor Day, Oakland City Council made a bold proclamation in support of democratic and equitable workplaces, passing the œResolution Supporting the Development of Worker Cooperatives In Oakland.


  • izayah ramos cR i WgRlQ unsplash
    2016 C.E. May 17

    In Los Angeles, progress in getting vets into housing

    In the last year, the number of homeless veterans fell by 30 percent. Even more dramatic, the number of vets living on the streets decreased by 44 percent.


  • Money e1510597845574 1
    2016 C.E. April 26

    A majority of millennials now reject capitalism, poll shows

    The Harvard University survey, which polled young adults between ages 18 and 29, found that 51 percent of respondents do not support capitalism. Just 42 percent said they support it.


  • Full Disk Earth, Apollo 17, 1972
    2016 C.E. April 22

    175 nations sign historic Paris climate deal on Earth Day

    World leaders from 175 countries signed the historic Paris climate accord Friday, using Earth Day as a backdrop for the ceremonial inking of a long-fought deal that aims to slow the rise of harmful greenhouse gases. "We are in a race against time." U.N. secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the gathering at the United Nations headquarters in New York. "The era of consumption without consequences is over."


  • Tiger 1
    2016 C.E. April 10

    For the first time in 100 years, tiger numbers are growing

    After a century of constant decline, the number of wild tigers is on the rise! According to the most recent data, around 3,890 tigers now exist in the wildup from an estimated 3,200 in 2010.


  • Berkeley
    2016 C.E. February 12

    Berkeley passer worker cooperative resolution

    Not merely a symbolic gesture, the resolution directs City staff to develop a substantive ordinance that supports and incentivizes the growth of worker cooperatives in Berkeley.


  • Solar panels unsplash 2
    2015 C.E. December 15

    U.S. sets staggering record with 191% growth in solar power installations in 2016

    A new report shows that in the third quarter of this year alone, enough solar panels to generate 4,143 MW of electricity were installed in the United States. This boom in installations contributes to the prediction that coal is a fading industry, and will never return to its former grandeur.


  • Seattle 1
    2015 C.E. November 25

    Seattle schools enact historic scheduling change allowing students more sleep

    All of the district high schools and most middle schools will be starting later than in the past, at 8:45 a.m., while many elementary schools will be starting earlier, at 7:55 a.m. A few elementary and K-8 schools will start at 9:35 a.m.


  • A man hand open an empty wallet
    2015 C.E. October 25

    World poverty rate to fall below 10% for the first time

    The World Bank projects that the number of people living in poverty fell to 702 million people in 2015, or about 9.6% of the global population.


  • 2015 C.E. September 25

    World leaders adopt Sustainable Development Goals

    At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, more than 150 world leaders adopted the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


  • Oakland Tribune Tower 1
    2015 C.E. September 10

    Oakland passes resolution in support of worker cooperatives

    The day after Labor Day, Oakland City Council made a bold proclamation in support of democratic and equitable workplaces, passing the œResolution Supporting the Development of Worker Cooperatives In Oakland.



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