Good News Digest #14

Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, 27km off the coast of Norfolk, UK. Photo by    Nicholas Doherty    on    Unsplash

Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, 27km off the coast of Norfolk, UK. Photo by Nicholas Doherty on Unsplash

 

We need good news.

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.

DECLARATIONS

Climate Plans

WASTE

Plastic

Zero Waste

CLEAN ENERGY

Wind + Solar

  • Scotland now generates so much wind energy, it could power two Scotlands.

  • Australia’s plans for its first offshore wind project are moving forward.

  • New York awarded contracts to two huge offshore wind projects off of Long Island.

  • A Swedish carbon-neutral science museum will be powered with rooftop solar energy and pedal power from bicycles.

  • The Chinese National Energy Administration awarded 22.78 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy across 3,921 projects, all of which must be completed and grid-connected by the end of the year.

Decarbonization

  • The Berkeley, CA, City Council passed a historic ordinance requiring that new buildings be built all-electric beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

  • Renewables are now a major part of European Union power mix, having generated more power across the EU than fossil fuels in the first half of the year for the second year in a row.

TRANSPORTATION

Vehicles

Ferries + Planes

NATURE

Biodiversity

  • Tanzanian Elephant and rhino populations have skyrocketed thanks to an anti-poaching task force.

  • The Nature Conservancy purchased almost 400 square miles of land in eastern US (formerly dependent on coal), offering a new model to protect natural environments.

  • Iceland is trying to bring back trees once razed by the Vikings.

  • The Cornwall Council (UK) revealed a £30m plan to create a 20,000-acre forest.

  • The Igiugig Village in Alaska, a Maine Company, and Governor of Alaska partnered up to launch the Sustainable River Energy Project.

Nature-Based Solutions

INNOVATION

A study found that 95% of people who Beyond Meat burgers when dining out are carnivores.

Check out how artificial intelligence can tackle climate change.


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