Good News Digest #12

Photo by Jakob Owens on    Unsplash   .

Photo by Jakob Owens 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

Europe

China

Canada

  • Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced the next steps on measures to drive clean growth and climate action in the country.

Global

  • Climate action lawsuits against governments and corporations have spread across 28 countries.

  • The Rockefeller Foundation announced a new Climate and Resilience initiative, which will increase climate and resilience capital flows into market-changing solutions and projects. The first commitment of this initiative is an initial $8 million.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio joined billionaire investors and philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth to create the nonprofit Earth Alliance, which "will work globally to protect ecosystems and wildlife, ensure climate justice, support renewable energy and secure indigenous rights to the benefit of all life on Earth.”

WASTE

New Zealand

United Arab Emirates

  • Carrefour supermarket is now offering free, reusable bags for shoppers made from environmentally-friendly fabrics.

  • Dubai — Check out how Dubai's decadent hotel brunches are getting greener.

Europe

United States

ACTIVISM

OPEC

Europe

CLEAN ENERGY

India

  • Visakhapatnam — Floating solar cells and engines fueled by cow dung are bringing reliable power to the Indian city

Europe

United States

Canada

DECARBONIZATION

United Kingdom

United States

TRANSPORTATION

Europe

United States

  • Moore, Oklahoma — Walmart, in collaboration with Electrify America, announced four new electric vehicle charging stations at the Walmart Supercenter.

  • The U.S. Army recently hosted an electrification forum that drew engineers, project managers, academia and industry together to discuss adopting electric vehicles.

NATURE

United Kingdom

United states

  • California — A bill to ban bears, tigers, elephants and other wild animals in California circuses is moving ahead at the Capital, among several animal protection measures.

Global

  • A new study found that restoring forests may be one of our most powerful weapons in fighting climate change. Adding 2.2 billion acres of tree cover would capture two-thirds of man-made carbon emissions.

  • Scientists created a guide for coral restoration in order to help world leaders assess the risks and benefits of using radical tools to build reef resilience.

INNOVATION

United States

  • Lake Carmi, Vermont — Locals are cautiously optimistic a $1 million aeration system that can address the cyanobacteria algae bloom in the lake.

Canada

Global

FUN FACT…

U.S. — A new poll shows that Trump’s handling of climate change is deeply unpopular. 62 percent disapprove of his position.


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