Climate change looks as if it's coming quicker than previously imagined. The strongest response that our politicians can manage may actually be worse than taking no action. And a huge chunk of one state is expected simply to disappear -- even if we do manage to take effective action against global warming.
With news like that, it's easy to lose sight of hopeful news that's lurking just outside the media's spotlight. Often, it's those hopeful stories -- the ones that are about steady, quiet progress rather than political conflict -- that make the larger difference in our lives.