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Europeans move toward powering their trains with renewables

In the Netherlands, every electric train running on the Dutch railway network has relied entirely on wind energy since 1 January. The network, NS Dutch Railways, is using an energy company’s turbines to generate the energy needed to power its entire electric fleet. Read more: http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/13/1633370/-Open-thread-for-night-owls-Europeans-move-toward-powering-their-trains-with-renewables

Second Group of the Once-Extinct African Oryx to Be Released Into the Wild

This week, conservationists will release 23 scimitar-horned Oryx dammah into the Ouadi-Rimé Ouadi-Achim Faunal Reserve in the African nation of Chad, reports New Scientist. They will join the 25 oryx released into the grasslands in August, boosting the population of an animal that went extinct in the wild in the 1980s. Read more:… Continue reading

Solar capacity has increased 99% since last quarter

The U.S. solar industry just experienced a quarter of record-breaking growth, with 4,143 megawatts (or million watts) of solar capacity added between July and September. That’s a 99 percent increase over the previous quarter, and a 191 percent increase over the same time period last year. Read more: http://www.spiritworking.info/wp-admin/post-new.php?tgmpa-dismiss=dismiss_admin_notices

Move Over, Community Gardens: Edible Forests Are Sprouting Up Across America

These new urban forests let you pick your own produce. But will the concept take root? Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/move-over-community-gardens-edible-forests-are-sprouting-across-america-180960024/#FkyTvSgu3mTxbr8S.99 Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only $12! http://bit.ly/1cGUiGv Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter

Harvard Just Launched a Fascinating Resource All About Bauhaus

The newly digitized collection is as ambitious as the art school it documents Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harvard-just-launched-fascinating-resource-all-about-bauhaus-180960156/#syx8EGltVXUSwCLj.99 Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only $12! http://bit.ly/1cGUiGv Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter

Getting Up Close and Personal With America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

The newly-erected turbines off of Block Island may signal the future of American wind power Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/getting-up-close-personal-with-americas-first-offshore-wind-farm-180960251/#J7EyrIV90BvjlpI9.99 Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only $12! http://bit.ly/1cGUiGv Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter

For This Firm, Loans Are Where The Action Is

In recent years, an omnibus of impact investing opportunities, from “socially responsible” mutual funds to “green bonds,” have offered market participants access to securities that mirror their desire to create social change as well as their need for financial growth or stability. But those opportunities aren’t enough to change the… Continue reading