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It's a climate change-y week. The delegates have kicked off the next big climate conference in Bonn, with the world hoping they'll be able to ramp up commitment to the Paris goals without the US's help. Meanwhile, Mohammad Yunus speaks in Paris for the Global Social Business Summit. What other stuff is happening? Follow along on Twitter, or do a Google News search just for fun. Here's to bursting our collective Facebook news bubbles.

Sea level rise is already pressuring many to relocate. From the Guardian.
Climate change party in Bonn
Every party needs a pooper, and you can guess who it is this time. The shindig, hosted by Fiji (a country that has serious skin in the game), is meant for the world to sort of check in on how we're doing on the goals set last year at the Paris climate conference. The stakes are high, and many fingers are crossed that the delegates can help us avert some very scary words, namely the "severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts" set to be inflicted should we not cut emissions fast enough.
Renewables can grow faster, EU
Some of Europe's big energy companies are pushing the EU to get more ambitious on climate, saying that current targets would slow down renewables growth. Go get 'em, Enel.
Hedge funds win, Tesla loses
The Republicans in the US unveiled their new tax bill last Thursday. While it can be tricky to parse out what the effects will be on which segments of the population, this one has some clear winners and losers. TL;DR: The highest income brackets do okay and no more electric vehicle deduction.
The future of making stuff
If you or someone you know likes to make stuff, check out Redshift, a blog by Autodesk (which makes software for architecture and manufacturing). It's a treasure trove of articles about how machine learning, robots, design, and social justice intersect with physical things.
Tanmoy Bari, Founder of Greenely
Greenely is an app that lets people visualize and analyze their energy consumption, meant to help people save money and live more sustainably.
What everyone thinks about environment and inequality
And psychologists think they've found a better way to convince people to do environmental stuff. You might have expected that people's views on climate change might be related to their views on social inequality. Now we have the evidence. A new study across 25 countries firmly establishes the link, but it's the theory behind it that's interesting.

It revolves around what the researchers call "social dominance", which just means the amount of hierarchy you're okay with in society. Like it when very few people have all the power? You have a high "social dominance orientation" score.

But wait: Aren't these people just assholes? The researchers, however, pin it on everyone's natural affinity for hierarchy in general, and explain it by saying that people will always act to preserve hierarchy. However, there is hope: What if we framed environmental behaviors as ways to maintain the status quo?
Inequality vs. Putin
Can't we all just get along? To rile yourself up, read this interview about why this guy thinks inequality is a bigger issue than climate change (for companies). Then read this other piece about why this other guy thinks inequality is a bigger threat to our democracy than Putin (I mean, agreed). Because apparently, writers are getting overwhelmed with all the problems and would appreciate if everyone just choose one.
Hope you have the best week ever. Please send all climate change party favors, tax bills, social dominance orientation scores, and "[blank] vs. Putin" ideas to me at
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The One Seventeen is a weekly email that presents the latest in how the world is doing on ending poverty, protecting the planet, and reducing inequality, delivered in plain English. Each email has 5 parts: Recent developments; a resource; a profile of someone to watch; a summary of recent research; and commentary from around the web. (Why the One Seventeen? It's a reference to each one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).)

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