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News about climate change always seems to be bad news:


These are all real headlines, and the stories behind them are all true, and totally alarming ... and bad. Very bad.

So, for now, forget those.

That's not what we're here for today. This is:

It's true. Thankfully, a few of us in the world took our atmosphere issues seriously. The nonprofit organization Climate Reality reports how much has changed in the past few years. And it's so impressive. The planet is already better because of it.

Here are three pieces of good news on climate change.



1. Solar energy costs about the same or less than fossil fuels in about 79 countries.



And that number is growing.

Fact: Every hour the sun provides enough energy to meet the world's energy demands for an entire year. In a week, the sun could power the world for our entire lives and then some — 168 years. Figuring out how to harness the sun and other clean energy isn't only smart, it's environmentally friendly. AND it comes with another benefit:

(Cold, hard cash.)

Saving money and the planet at the same time? It's a win-win.

2. Since going electric, the car industry is also making more green.

Electric car sales are jumping all over the world (over 50% in France), and more and more people are buying hybrids than ever.

Tesla Motors, an all-electric vehicle company, turned its first profit in 2013 after 10 years of financial hardship. When Tesla stated in 2003, it didn't sell too many cars ... for about a decade. Now that the reason to go electric is clearer (and the cars are becoming more affordable), they're going like lightning. Nikola would be so proud.


Tesla Motors now makes the best-selling electric car on the market: the Model S.

3. With the energy industry growing, employment in those fields is growing as well.

And they're growing a lot. In 2013, 6.5 million people were employed by the renewable energy industry. Wind energy is growing too — Iowa's wind-power industry employs 6,000 people. Iowa gets almost 30% of its electricity from wind.

These people will help our world stay in good shape, and they get paid in the process.

Climate change has caused some amazingly bad news. But we're starting to fight back.

That's what could slow climate change down to nothing — and it'll be the best news about it anyone will ever hear.

Watch the full video below:

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For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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