Good News Digest #14
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.
NY just passed its Green New Deal, the most aggressive climate bill in the nation.
Financial credit rating institutions are starting to ask US coastal cities for their climate plans.
Britain’s first climate assembly has agreed on 17 proposals for action to tackle the climate crisis.
The New Zealand primary sector agreed that farmers should begin paying for their livestock emissions by 2025.
New EU chief Ursula von der Leyen has put climate change at the top of the EU agenda.
Panama is the first Central American nation to ban single-use plastic bags.
Dubai's first net zero energy development, The Sustainable City, pledged to eliminate single-use plastic.
Air New Zealand is cutting 55 million plastic items from its flights.
Adidas pledged to use only recycled plastic by 2024.
Valvert launches a water bottle made of 100% recycled plastic, a first for Nestlé in Europe.
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Zara clothes will be made from 100% sustainable fabrics by 2025, and facilities will produce zero landfill waste.
The Turkish military goes green as part of the Zero Waste Program.
Calgary just hosted its first zero-waste festival.
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.
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.
All Lyft rides are now carbon neutral.
Electric vehicle charging posts in China exceed 1 million.
The California Energy Commission awarded nearly $70 million to state schools to replace over 200 diesel school buses with all-electric buses.
Ferries + Planes
In Costa Rica, a startup builds a model ship for a cleaner future.
German cruise company AIDA announced planning its first trial of battery powered ships.
On Jan. 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organization will enforce new emissions standards designed to significantly curb pollution produced by ships.
Wind-power pioneer Henrik Stiesdal will produce cheap carbon-negative aviation fuel by 2025.
Private jets are starting to use sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF).
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.
Farmers are using flowers to tackle pests instead of chemicals.
A UAE factory is using camel dung to fuel cement production, cutting emissions and keeping animal waste out of landfills. Two tons of camel waste replace one ton of coal.
A study found that 95% of people who Beyond Meat burgers when dining out are carnivores.
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