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Berlin becoming a Sponge City, bison returning to Europe, and U.S. & Australian states legislating their own renewable energy targets 

Berlin is becoming a Sponge City to solve drainage and heat problems as climate change accelerates, and bison are returning to Europe. Meanwhile, in the U.S. and Australia, federal governments

are being bypassed and renewable energy targets are being increasingly legislated at state levels. Victoria has released a plan to legislate its own renewable energy target of 40% by 2025 and the nine Northeastern U.S. states that form the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (including Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York) last week agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants an additional 30 percent by 2030, on top of the 40 percent cut they have already achieved since the program began in 2009. 

These stories and more in today's Solutions Digest:

• How the Belgian city of Ghent is demonstrating what a cooperative culture can look like - from renewable energy and housing cooperatives to shared pigs! Read more here

• How Victoria's plan to legislate its own renewable energy target of 40% by 2025 shows how states are increasingly taking the energy policy reins away from the federal government. Read more here

• How Central Tablelands Local Land Services is working with landholders to restore koala feed trees and control blackberry, so that koalas can move quickly and safely between trees. Read more here

• How Berlin is becoming a Sponge City to solve drainage and heat problems as climate change accelerates. Read more here

• How European bison are returning to Europe. Read more here

• How the nine Northeastern U.S. states that form the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (including Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York) last week agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants an additional 30 percent by 2030, on top of the 40 percent cut they have already achieved since the program began in 2009. Read more here

• VIDEO: How the Indonesian Trash Ghosts meet up night and day to clean up areas that no one dares to go. Their mission is to get all sewers in Bandung trash-free! View here

 

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