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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Field Notes: Black Lives Matter, Portland Justice Center, Juneteenth

Permissionless Field Notes chronicle the journalist’s experience of observing and participating in direct action in order to provide context and add depth to Permissionless new stories. These Field Notes are from coverage of a Black Lives Matter protest at the Justice Center in Portland, Oregon, on the night of Juneteenth.

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Coming Soon: Permissionless Field Notes

In the process of reporting stories, Permissionless journalists spend a lot of time following activists and community members as they take action to solve systemic problems and manifest social justice. Permissionless Field Notes will chronicle the journalist’s experience of observing and participating in direct action and community building.

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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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