Good News Digest #6

Photo by  n altentaller  on  Unsplash .

Photo by n altentaller on Unsplash.


Bad news related to climate change is hitting us at all angles. Fear and urgency are dominating the climate conversation. Yet positive climate stories and solutions are equally, if not more effective drivers of climate action.

They prove that solutions are working and are ready to be scaled. They show that nature is resilient and comes up with surprising ways of preserving itself. They send a clear signal to governments, policymakers, corporations and the wider public that there is a growing demand for cleaner technology and climate policy.

If you feel like you are drowning in bad news, we have collected lasts week’s climate change success stories to get you through the week.


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Carbon Taxes

South Africa — The carbon tax finally becomes law in one of the continent’s worst polluters.

Capitol Hill — Microsoft and officials from more than 75 companies headed to Congress in support of a carbon tax.

BP and Shell — The oil giants pledged $1M each to Republican-backed federal carbon tax.

Electric Cars

Armenia — The country will become the first country in the world to switch the government fleet to electric cars.

Nissan and Audi — Just launched new electric car ads as automakers increase EV advertising effort.

Tel Aviv — Transportation is going electric. The plan includes banning "polluting vehicles" from the city by 2025.


Talking Climate

The Pope — New research reveals that interest in protecting environment has risen since the Pope’s 2015 encyclical urging humans to look after the environment.

United Kingdom — The British Labour Party announces a pledge to make climate change lessons a 'core part' of school curriculum.

US Elections — Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren backs calls for a climate-focused debate in the Democratic primaries.

European Elections — The elections underwent a ‘Green Wave,’ as national Green parties from across the continent defied expectations and increased their collective number of seats in the European Parliament from 52 to 67.


Renewables

Microsoft — the company partnered with Eneco on a massive offshore wind project in the Netherlands.

Maine, US — Republican Senator Collins introduced a bill to boost reliability of wind and solar electricity as GOP pushes energy 'innovation.’

Maryland, US — Half of the stat’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2030.

China — Policy initiatives will trigger massive growth of renewable energy.


Greening Cities and Regions

PittsburghThe city is ahead of schedule on 2030 District Environmental Challenge.

Washington, US — The first state to allow the composting of human bodies, an environmentally friendly alternative to cremation.

United Kingdom — The government will fund the planting of more than 130,000+ Trees to Fight Climate Change.

Atlanta — The city will transform 7 acres of vacant property into the country's largest food forest for the public.

Yangtze River, China — The World Bank approved China’s loan supporting green investments in the river, helping China achieve its climate targets.


Corporate Responsibility

LEGO — Running 100 percent on renewable energy 3 years ahead of schedule.

Prada — Officially going fur-free later this year.

Urban Outfitters — Just launched Nuuly, a clothing rental service and sustainable alternative to fast fashion.


Waste Management

United Kingdom — The government confirmed that plastic straws, stirrers and cotton Swabs will be banned by April 2020.

Loop Industries — The circular economy platform launched in the U.S., bringing customers the products they love in a milkman model.

Kroger and Walgreens — Currently piloting zero-waste packaging.

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