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Check out these amazing photos from the world’s biggest day of climate action ever Sunday was far and away the biggest day of climate action the planet has ever seen — one day before world leaders descended on Paris for the landmark U.N. Climate Summit. There was no major climate march in Paris — it had been called off in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in the city, replaced by more quiet actions — but activists in other places around the world more than made up for it. Hundreds of thousands of people joined an estimated 2,300 marches and actions in 175 countries over the weekend, demanding that the heads of state and negotiators in Paris pull together a strong deal to fight global warming — and fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground and shift to 100 percent clean energy. Suva, Fiji:

8 Micro Shelters That Are Cooler Than Your Apartment Creator of RelaxShacks and HGTV native, Derek "Deek" Diedricksen, doesn't only have an awesome name; he also has an awesome book, Microshelters, which offers a photographic survey of 59 creative cabins, tiny houses, tree houses, shoffices (shed-offices), homes on wheels, forts, backyard retreats, garden follies and simple shacks among other small structures. Tiny houses are an art-culture phenomenon, and they’re just plain rad. Here are some of our favorites from his latest curated collection, including work from leading bloggers, architects and designers in the ‘tiny’ field. This one is located in New Paltz, New York and named after the New York City attorney who hired Diedricksen for the build.

African Union announces $20B plan in Paris to develop renewable energy LE BOURGET, PARIS—The African Union, an alliance of 54 countries, announced a plan to mobilize $20 billion to develop at least 10 gigawatts of renewable energy on the continent by the end of the decade. The African Renewable Energy Initiative was announced Tuesday at the United Nations climate summit. It will be hosted by the Abidjan, Ivory Coast-based African Development Bank. From deserts encroaching on African farmland to rising sea levels shrinking islands of the South Pacific, leaders of poor nations most affected by climate change shared their stories of global warming with leaders of some of the richest.

World leaders adopt 1.5 C goal — and we’re damn well going to hold them to it PARIS, France — Here’s the crucial plaintive paragraph from the preamble to the Paris climate agreement released today, written in the almost indecipherable bureaucratese that attends this international circus: Emphasizing with serious concern the urgent need to address the significant gap between the aggregate effect of Parties’ mitigation pledges in terms of global annual emissions of greenhouse gases by 2020 and aggregate emission pathways consistent with holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C … What it says is: The world is a doughy fellow who has promised to drop three suit sizes in time for his wedding, which is now only a month away. The world is an anxious student who has to ace the next morning’s test to pass the course but hasn’t yet started to study. The “significant gap” is the crucial thing.

Environmental Action From the streets of Paris to the front steps of Congress in Washington, D.C., you know Environmental Action will always be there to fight for our planet. But it's the way we fight that really defines us. At Environmental Action, we don't believe that the solutions to our climate problems will be hatched in a board room or written by a nominated politician. The 20-Something Restorers Behind Filson’s Coolest Products Evan Franz and Claire Beaumont might have the best gear jobs on the planet. The two of them make up Filson’s Restoration Department (FRD), which is where the 118-year-old Seattle-based outdoor brand recycles its retired bags. The duo’s only task: creatively reuse the tattered oiled canvas and aged leather that lands on their tables. Every Friday, Franz, 25, and Beaumont, 26, receive a shipment of used products (often 20 to 30 years old) that have returned to Filson because of damage or wear. For the pair, that Friday drop is like getting a fresh set of canvases and paint. They begin by marking down what little they know about the products and their condition.

The Paris climate summit is a real test of humanity This morning I visited the place de la République, in many ways the beating heart of Paris. It’s where people here chose to place their memorial to the victims of the attacks two weeks ago, and there is still a huge crowd, gathered round the central monument in intense, almost ritual silence, taking in the thousands of pictures, candles, flowers and messages left by wellwishers. Just a few steps away, a different ritual was taking place. Thousands of Parisians, denied by police security concerns the chance to hold what might have been the largest single climate change march in history, are bringing their shoes, one by one, to be lined up symbolically along a march route through République. An eloquent expression of their determination to be heard.

Obama calls Paris climate agreement “a turning point for the world” This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. More than seven years ago, Barack Obama told campaign supporters that one day, Americans would be able to tell their children that “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” Saturday evening — just hours after international leaders agreed to a historic deal to fight global warming — Obama told the nation that the accord could represent “a turning point for the world” and would help humanity “delay or avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change.” “We may not live to see the full realization of our achievement, but that’s OK,” Obama said. “What matters is that today we can be more confident that this planet will be in better shape for the next generation.”

dailykos This December, leaders from every nation in the world will meet for the Paris Climate Summit – COP21 - to work towards an international commitment to act on climate. If we want to leave our children, grandchildren, and future generations a healthy planet, now is the time to act. We’re on the precipice of doing something big and lasting -- but we need our world leaders to work together in Paris to fight for a clean energy future. The U.S. is taking its own blueprint for climate action to Paris. The groundbreaking Clean Power Plan will, for the first time ever, reduce climate-wrecking carbon pollution from power plants.

Niall McLaughlin's Fishing Hut folds open to allow views through A picturesque lake in Hampshire, England, is the setting for this fisherman's hut by Niall McLaughlin Architects, which can be opened up in summer and battened down in winter (+ slideshow). Named the Fishing Hut, the wooden structure provides a place for the client to his store boats and fishing tackle, but also functions as a shelter and meeting place for local anglers during the summer fishing season, between April and September. The intermittent use of the building provided the starting point for the design. McLaughlin – an Irish architect based in London – wanted the structure to be completely open to the elements when in use, but secure and weatherproof for the rest of the year. It achieves this through a facade of wooden shutters, which fold up to allow views right through the interior. "We sought a form of shutter that gave the least visual intrusion on the continuous horizon," he added.

What will happen at the Paris climate talks? We’ve got some unconventional ideas With the Paris Climate Conference less than a week away, it’s prime time for analysts’ predictions for the outcome of the talks. Most recently, the fine folks over at E3G, the sustainable development think tank, have pieced together three whimsically named potential COP21 scenarios for your forecasting pleasure: Scenario 1: ‘Le Zombie’ – The least ambitious of the three, this scenario results in a tactical deal rather than an enduring regime.

How world leaders came to agree on a landmark climate deal This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. PARIS, France — There was relief and celebration in Paris Saturday evening, as officials from more than 190 countries swept aside monumental differences and agreed to an unprecedented global deal to tackle climate change. The historic accord, known as the Paris Agreement, includes emissions-slashing commitments from individual countries and promises to help poorer nations adapt to the damaging effects of a warming world. Negotiators also agreed on measures to revise, strengthen, and scrutinize countries’ contributions going forward. “This is a tremendous victory for all our citizens,” said Secretary of State John Kerry during the final session of the summit. “It’s a victory for all of the planet and for future generations.”

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