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Today’s Solutions: June 24, 2024

Public libraries are climate j

Public libraries are climate justice tools

We’ve written about how libraries should double as food banks, but did you know that public libraries are also essential to climate justice? As more regions face extreme temperatures due to climate change, libraries are increasingly serving as refuges for heat-vulnerable residents. For Read More...

Washington state moves to ban

Washington state moves to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2030

In September last year, California took a commendable step towards a cleaner transport sector by banning the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. Just a few months later, Massachusetts followed in the footsteps of the Golden State and did the same. Now, the state of Washington is about to take it Read More...

The public now has a direct sa

The public now has a direct say on climate matters in Washington state

Oftentimes it feels like regular citizens have little to no say in national or state-level politics. That’s why we’re excited to share news out of Washington state where a new assembly is being formed that will allow 80 randomly-selected members of the public to have a direct say on climate Read More...

Video: Watch the world’s lar

Video: Watch the world’s largest electric plane fly for the first time

On the 28th of May, we published a story announcing that the world’s largest all-electric aircraft got the green light to take to the skies for the first time. Today we’re here to tell you that the plane, a retrofitted Cessna Grand Caravan 208, succeeded in its first flight, exploring the Read More...

Closeup low angle view of Pohlia moss (Pohlia nutans) on forest floor, flare lighting effect

Washington’s first human compost company is open for business

Washington passed a law in 2019 allowing citizens to compost themselves after death for a more sustainable burial process. Fast forward a year later and the first human composting company is open for business in the state. Called Recompose, the company was instrumental in passing the 2019 law Read More...

Starlink is bringing internet

Starlink is bringing internet to fire-ravaged parts of rural Washington

SpaceX announced plans to build Starlink, their globe-spanning constellation of tiny internet-providing satellites, in 2015. Although just 700 of the planned 40,000 are in orbit, they are playing a critical role in a small Washington town ravaged by wildfire.  A fast-moving wildfire destroyed Read More...

Washington becomes seventh sta

Washington becomes seventh state to ban wildlife killing competitions

As ridiculous as it sounds, many states in the US still allow hunting competitions where participants compete for prizes and awards by killing wild animals. Fortunately, more are starting to realize the ethical and environmental concerns of such outdated events, with Washington recently becoming Read More...

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This Washington town created its own currency to help locals get by

During the darkest days of the Great Depression, the logging city of Tenino, Washington, created a complimentary wooden currency to help locals survive the economic crisis. Now, almost 90 years later, the town is once again “printing money” on postcard-sized sheets of maple to help locals Read More...

The world’s largest all-elec

The world’s largest all-electric aircraft is set to fly today

A future of all-electric air travel seems to be on the horizon after it was announced that the world’s largest electric plane will take to the skies today. The Cessna Caravan, retrofitted with an electric engine, is expected to fly for 20-30 minutes over Washington state in the US. The plane Read More...

What cities can learn from Spo

What cities can learn from Spokane’s approach to homelessness

The common approach cities take to deal with homelessness is tough enforcement: ticketing people for panhandling or sleeping in doorways or busing them to shelters, sometimes in other cities. But as Spokane has found it first-hand, this approach just doesn’t work. That’s why Washington’s Read More...