Five communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo now have legal control over the forests that they depend on. This is a first for the DRC, which just recently adopted a national strategy for community forestry, which (according to research) lowers CO2 emissions and deforestation.
The EPA has been temporarily thwarted from restricting the use of scientific data in policy-making, thanks in large part to the 600,000 people who commented on the proposal (at Regulations.gov)—a massive outcry from citizens and scientists alike.
This week, Scottish Power is switching to 100% renewable energy generation. The electric company, whose 5 million customers account for more than 90% of the Scottish population, is selling off its last remaining gas-powered station and investing in solar technology.
Three anti-fracking activists have been set free after originally being sentenced to more than a year in prison for blocking access to a fracking site. Soon after being set free, they returned to the fracking site to continue their protest. In the US, a Minnesota judge dismissed charges against the famous “valve-turner” activists.