Do You Realize How Many People Are Fighting Climate Change?

The new black gold? Biochar — charcoal derived from burning plants — can boost crop yields and help fight climate change.

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Spunky Revivification

Celebrating the return of the bald eagle

…even the most optimistic could never have predicted the resiliency of the birds and the ferocity of their comeback. In Iowa, hopeful environmentalists set a goal of 10 or 20 nests by 2010. But exponential population growth took the Department of Wildlife by surprise. Last year, federal staffers lost count at 254 nests, nearly as many as once existed in the entire continental U.S. The birds left the Endangered Species List in 2007.

Raging Compassion

Greatest Person Of The Day: Wynona Ward, Pro-Bono Traveling Lawyer For Victims Of Domestic Abuse

Today we’re talking to truck driver-turned-lawyer Wynona Ward, who brings free legal help to victims of domestic abuse across the state of Vermont. Through her organization, Have Justice-Will Travel, Wynona has helped almost 10,000 low-income women and children. She was recently named a CNN “Hero” for her work.

Unabashed Triumph

China Improves Energy Efficiency By 20 Percent In 5 Years

China met a five-year target to improve energy efficiency by cutting power to industry and imposing rolling blackouts, even though a massive economic stimulus increased energy use.

Energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product was reduced by 20 percent from 2005 levels by the end of 2010, said Zhang Ping, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission. It is China’s top economic planning body.