Large pipes at a pumping station (© AP Images)

Trump administration approves new pipeline

The U.S. gives the green light to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast once complete.
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Clean water, better lives

When you think about how to build a better world, think about providing clean water to about 663 million people worldwide who don’t have it.
Illustration of people standing on an arrow, looking through telescopes (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

What is the Dow Jones average?

Why does anyone care about the Dow Jones breaking through the 20,000 mark? Find out about the origins of the index and how it shows the economy's strength.
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One approach for bringing jobs to low-income neighborhoods [video]

A company in Washington trains young men and women to install solar panels in low-income communities at no cost to residents.
Aerial view of large industrial operation in mountainous land (© Cerro Verde/Lance Lundstrom)

This Peruvian mine produces clean water for Arequipa

The Cerro Verde copper mine built a wastewater treatment plant for Arequipa, Peru, solving the town's clean water needs as well as its own.
People posing in front of McDonald's sign (Courtesy of McDonald’s Deutschland)

For refugees in Germany, McDonald’s restaurants are a job and a...

McDonald's Germany, which has hired 900-plus refugees from Syria and other countries, teaches workers about their jobs and about German culture.
Illustration of man hammering water tap into cloud (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Harvest rainwater, help the environment

A Mexican group, Isla Urbana, is collecting and cleaning rainwater for households, schools and health clinics, and changing lives.
People playing board game (Courtesy of New River Valley Livability Initiative)

Board games, interactive theater help a Virginia community plan for the...

A community in rural Virginia found creative ways to ensure that progress and growth take into account how resources are used.
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Refugee farmers plant new roots in U.S. [video]

Refugee farmers are providing their new communities with food through the New Roots program, which allows them to turn vacant city lots into urban farmland.