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Tactical Urbanism, Japanese towns going off the grid, and enough pumped hydro sites for Australia to go completely renewable

Tactical Urbanism is taking off around the world. Citizens are undertaking direct low-cost, high-reward actions that immediately improve the community's public life

and demonstrate to city leaders that there are opportunities for easy, successful changest to the status quo. In other stories, a quiet energy revolution is underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid, and new research reveals that there are enough potential pumped hydro sites in Australia to enable the country to run completely on renewable energy within twenty years. 

These stories and more in today's Solutions Digest:

• How developers in Pittsburgh are adding a 23-acre urban farm to a new housing complex. Read more here

• How cities around the world are going to extraordinary lengths to cope with growing pigeon populations. Read more here

• VIDEO: Tactical Urbanism - How citizens are undertaking direct low-cost, high-reward actions that immediately improve the community's public life and demonstrate to city leaders that there are opportunities for easy, successful changest to the status quo. View here

• VIDEO: Why Bill Gates believes it's important for people to see that, on the whole, things are getting better, despite what you see on the news. View here

• How a quiet energy revolution is underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid. Read more here

• How, before the Industrial Revolution, people adjusted their energy demand to a variable energy supply ... fascinating research. Read more here

• How, if pumped hydro storage facilities were built at just a handful of sites spread out nationwide, Australia could run on renewables alone within twenty years. Read more here

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