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Al Gore spent years giving a presentation—captured in “An Inconvenient Truth”—about the dangers of climate change. Today, he’s the head of an investment group funding sustainable solutions, but still giving out practical advice about the state of the climate and the sustainability movement. His firm has identified the five key trends that are driving the space, from 15-minute cities to the rise of net zero commitments from companies.

But in an interview with Fast Company, the former vice president was also mindful of the risks that come with money pouring into the sector: “Don’t look for gimmicks, or labels, or PR strategies that might somehow help you avoid reducing emissions. You’ve got to reduce emissions," Gore says. Read the full interview here.
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Al Gore: “Net zero can’t be a ‘get out of jail free’ card”

The former vice president’s new report on sustainability trends shows a huge growth in sustainable investments—but also finds big risks that could hamper continued progress.

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See the road sign that’s about to take over America

Electric vehicles are about to take over American roadways, which means there’s a prime opportunity to replace gas station signs with something better.

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streaming wars
Every streaming service should copy Netflix’s latest kids feature

Parents now get email recaps of what their kids have been watching along with suggestions on what they should watch next.

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20% of all deaths could be prevented if cities were better designed

Many of the models for healthy urban design, like the superblock city or the 15-minute city, are rooted in Western cultural ideals. Here’s why that’s a problem.

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work life
Here’s what happened when this company banned meetings

Media company TheSoul Publishing adopted a ‘no meetings’ policy to minimize distractions and ensure staff spends their time on focused work.

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tech
Cornell’s free birding app just added a ‘Shazam for bird songs’

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has seen a burst of interest in its Merlin birding app after adding a sound recognition feature.

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co.design
Sneakers are often designed for men by men. So track star Allyson Felix built her own

Felix’s new company, Saysh, is designed to be an alternative to the male-oriented sneaker companies that drive the sports world.

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impact
This sweater is made from old bulletproof vests and firefighting gear

The “Garbage Sweater” is an experiment in the limits of reuse.

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Timely words: What you need to know
Dictionary.com has announced that it has added over 300 new words and terms to its online offerings. 
Some of those offerings are a bit surprising. Others are a sign of our changing times, while still others signify the progress made in social justice movements.
Among the words are “5G,” “asshat,” “Aunt Jemima” (as offensive slang), “deplatforming,” and “ghost gun.” 
The dictionary also added “long-hauler,” defined “as a person who experiences symptoms or health problems that linger or first appear after supposed recovery from an associated acute illness or active infection.
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