Cheer up! 5 trends from the past 10 years that should make you happy

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This year TreeHugger is celebrating its 10th birthday. In Internet time, that's about 100 years, so we've seen all kinds of trends come and go. Over that time, some things that used to seem very promising ended up disappointing us while others grew up from tiny sprouts into strong oaks on which part of the future will rest. Because round number anniversaries are always a good time to look back, I've decided to reflect on 5 of the biggest trends from the past 10 years that give me hope that the future will be a lot greener than the past. Here we go:

1. Electric cars

10 years ago, when you thought of electric cars, maybe you thought of how car companies had actually released electric cars a few years earlier only to take them back and crush them, a process documented in the 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?. It took years for a new wave of electric cars to be announced and actually be sold. Even 5 years later in 2011 when Revenge of the Electric Car was released, car experts were still predicting that Tesla would fail and GM and Nissan's bets on the Volt and LEAF were considered big gambles. How things have changed: Now Tesla has a market cap of over 33 billion, Elon Musk is constantly in the media, and Tesla is Wall Street's darling. Unlike 10 years ago, few people doubt that the future is electric, and that it's coming fast.

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