Solar panels are starting to die. What will we do with the megatons of toxic trash?

Solar panels are an increasingly important source of renewable power that will play an essential role in fighting climate change. They are also complex pieces of technology that become big, bulky sheets of electronic waste at the end of their lives — and right now, most of the world doesn’t have a plan for dealing with that.

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As Murders Rise, New York City Turns to a Police Alternative

New York prides itself on being one of the safest U.S. cities after lowering homicides to a fraction of what they were three decades ago, with law enforcement taking much of the credit. Now, a jump in shootings coupled with growing criticism over police brutality has eroded that confidence, and the city is turning to neighborhood groups outside of the usual system.

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Urgency of getting people back to work gives new momentum to “microcredentials”

First they get a credential in a skill they need, then another and another. Each of these can quickly pay off on its own by helping to get a job, raise or promotion. And they can add up over time to a bachelor’s degree.

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White House Gets Blowback for Failing to Release Coronavirus Report

Scientists expressed dismay Friday that the Trump administration had not publicly released a document the Center for Public Integrity posted a day earlier showing that the White House Coronavirus Task Force considers 18 states to be in the “red zone” for virus cases.

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Community Groups Have Consistently Failed to Improve Policing. These Advocates Are Pushing a New Way.

As people protesting police brutality nationwide push for broad reforms, strong civilian oversight is one of the demands. But it’s hard to get. The story for more than 70 years has been a struggle between community advocates working to enact it and police trying to block or defang it, with elected officials choosing sides.

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Video has changed police accountability. Now citizen filmmakers are getting organized.

Protests around the country, and the conflicts that have ensued, have quickly made for some of the most thoroughly documented incidences of alleged police violence in history. And amateur archivists are undertaking a massive effort to catalog each and every angle — images meant to stir outrage and demand reform.

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