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'World's Fastest Folding Electric Scooter' Revolutionizes Commuting

The so-called "first and last mile" problem is one of the biggest hurdles with public transportation. How do you encourage more people to take Earth-friendlier commutes when their homes are miles away from the train or bus station?

One solution, as this Estonian electric scooter company proposes, is to simply take your commute with you—literally. Tallinn-based Stigo has developed a compact e-scooter that folds to the size of a rolling suitcase in about two seconds.

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37 of the World's Biggest Banks Fueling Climate Change

A report released Wednesday by Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack, Sierra Club and Oil Change International, in partnership with 28 organizations around the world, revealed that the world's biggest banks are continuing to fuel climate change through the financing of extreme fossil fuels.

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Hippie-Approved Volkswagen Electric Microbus Soon to Hit the Road

Volkswagen is bringing back its hippie-approved minivan but with a 21st century upgrade—the new I.D. Buzz is all-electric.

The concept car was first revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January and now the German automaker is officially putting its reinvigorated Microbus into production.

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Rags to Riches: Tale of Conscious Capitalism Pioneer John Paul DeJoria

By Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell

Good Fortune is the rags to riches tale of conscious capitalism pioneer John Paul DeJoria. Born with nothing, at times homeless on the streets of LA, DeJoria spent a good portion of his early adulthood in and out of motorcycle gangs only to wheel and deal his way to the top of a vast hair and tequila empire. Yet DeJoria's motto is "Success unshared is failure," a pioneering philosophy that promotes the triple bottom line—people, planet and profit.

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A Climate Fix That Stephen Hawking and Exxon Both Support

A new group of industry heavyweights, including oil majors Total, ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and BP, have voiced their support for a Republican-led carbon tax and dividend plan. Individual founding members include, Michael Bloomberg, Stephen Hawking and Steven Chu.

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12 Girls Create Solar-Powered Tent to Tackle Homelessness

By Joe McCarthy

They didn't know how to sew. They didn't know how to code. They didn't know how to solder. And they had never used a 3D printer before. But 12 girls at San Fernando High School taught themselves all these skills—and more—to create a solar-powered tent for homeless people.

It's a feat of scientific ingenuity that shows how much potential is squandered every day when girls aren't encouraged to pursue STEM careers as much as boys traditionally have been. And it shows the astonishing imaginative reach of young people.

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Amazon's Acquisition of Whole Foods: 'Higher Prices, Fewer Choices for Consumers'

Today, Amazon announced its acquisition of Whole Foods Market. Too few companies already exert outsized influence over our food choices. This is extreme consolidation of the food system in action, which will lead to higher prices, fewer choices for consumers and bigger profits for billionaires like its owner, Jeff Bezos.

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Apple Responds to Trump's Paris Exit With $1 Billion Green Bond

Apple Inc. issued a $1 billion "green bond" on Tuesday, the first U.S. corporation to make such an offer in response to President Donald Trump's withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.

Proceeds from bond sales will finance renewable energy projects and other environmental initiatives at Apple facilities and in its supply chain.

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Pittsburgh Retaliates After Trump Used Them as Excuse for Pulling Out of Paris Agreement

Check out this powerful video from Vocativ featuring Pittsburgh's green and thriving tech economy. The video and accompanying blog post is in response to President Donald Trump's statement, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," during his announcement pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.

Vocativ found out, while visiting the Steel City, that many Pittsburghers did not appreciate the president's shout-out. Watch above.

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