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Making history

Back in 2020, close to 2,000 elderly women from Switzerland — a group known as the Climate Seniors — filed a lawsuit accusing their government of failing to take adequate measures to halt climate change. This week, Contributing Editor Michaela Haas shared the news that the women won their case. It’s a monumental ruling: As the Associated Press reports, this was “the first time an international court has ruled on climate change — and the first decision confirming that countries have an obligation to protect people from its effects.”

Michaela says:

Two years ago I wrote about the Climate Seniors, Swiss women who were suing the government for failure to implement climate action. [On Tuesday] came the ruling: They won!

Outlook sunny

As coal power in the US continues to decline, renewables are growing at an impressive clip. That’s according to a story Will Doig shared from Grist this week, which highlights findings from a report released by the nonprofit Climate Central.

Solar panels in Florida. Credit: NASA

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Will says:

The effects of the Inflation Reduction Act are starting to show up: Thanks in part to the IRA’s policies and incentives, solar power has been surging and nearly one-quarter of America’s energy mix is now renewable.

What else we’re reading

🌽 Sustainable Agriculture Gets a Push From Big Corporations — shared by RTBC founder David Byrne from the Wall Street Journal

📖 Harper Collins made a tiny tweak to its book design — and has saved thousands of trees as a result — shared by Editorial Director Rebecca Worby from Fast Company

🧳 The suitcase-sized kit helping to rid the Philippines of one of history’s great killers — shared by David Byrne from The Guardian

In other news...

Our friends at The Trace, a nonprofit news outlet dedicated to covering America’s gun violence crisis and its solutions, recently published a powerful, deeply reported feature story on the gun violence prevention movement’s new experiments with public health messaging for the TikTok era.