Good News Digest #12
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.
Sweden — The Swedish Fashion Council cancelled Stockholm Fashion Week due to environmental concerns.
United Kingdom — London landlords and big business tenants pledge to overcome barriers to clean energy and to help make London a beacon of climate action and clean growth.
The world’s biggest emitter pledged to strengthen its contribution to the Paris Agreement, in a joint statement with France.
Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced the next steps on measures to drive clean growth and climate action in the country.
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.”
Officially banned single-use plastic shopping bags last Monday.
Two Kiwi companies have each received a multi-million dollar boost from the Government's provincial growth fund to build a plant that decomposes food waste, collects the biogas it creates and produces electricity for homes.
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.
The wind and chemical industry team up to advance wind turbine blades recycling.
Nestle is now wrapping its Yes bar in paper in order to cut plastic waste.
Stella McCartney unveiled two prototype products for her Adidas collection: a recyclable hoodie and biodegradable dress.
Lake Tahoe — Volunteers collected more than 1,800 pounds of trash left behind by Fourth of July visitors.
Christiansburg, VA — Recycling doubles after a year of curbside collection.
The head of OPEC declared climate activists to be the ‘greatest threat’ to oil industry.
France — Several hundred environmental activists protested outside Amazon’s headquarters in Paris and at two of its regional distribution centers in France, denouncing its business practices.
Switzerland — Environmental activists, pressuring Swiss banks to cut fossil fuel financing, blocked entrances to Credit Suisse in Zurich and UBS in Basel on Monday.
Ireland — Climate activists protested during a speech on forestry by the Minister for the Environment.
Isle of Man — Activists staged a five-minute "flash-mob die-in" to protest a lack of urgency from the government.
Visakhapatnam — Floating solar cells and engines fueled by cow dung are bringing reliable power to the Indian city
Ireland — Energy company Energia has announced a €3 billion investment in renewable energy projects over the next five years.
Slovenia — The European Commission believes Slovenia could become a ‘regional catalyst’ for renewable energy.
As clean energy surpasses coal, the U.S. energy transition locks into place despite the Trump administration’s efforts to forcibly sustain the coal industry.
Los Angeles — Power and Water officials struck a deal on the largest and cheapest solar + battery-storage project in the world, at prices that leave fossil fuels and nuclear power in the dust.
Massachusetts — A $1 billion renewable energy bill is the subject of a public hearing at the Statehouse.
Alberta — Razor Energy and the federal government have announced funding of a co-produced geothermal electricity project.
The National Trust is divesting its £1bn portfolio from fossil fuels in an attempt to help tackle the escalating climate crisis.
‘Oil’ and ‘gas’ are becoming dirty words inside the London Stock Exchange.
The Senate advanced legislation to support carbon utilization and direct air capture research.
Chubb Ltd will become the first U.S. insurer to phase out its coal investments and insurance policies.
The military is interested in reducing its dependency on fossil fuels and deploying renewable energy in combat zones.
New Mexico — Public Service Company, the state’s largest electrical utility, filed a plan with the state Public Regulation Commission to shut down its coal plant.
Wyoming — Two coal mines were filed for bankruptcy, idling 700 workers. While unemployment is nothing to celebrate, this shows declining demand for coal and increased consumption of renewable energy.
UK — Two of Britain’s biggest energy suppliers, British Gas and SSE, pledged to replace their existing fleet of vans with all-electric models by 2030.
France — Paris is instituting a policy that will prevent nearly 3 million cars from being driven during weekdays in an effort to crack down on pollution.
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.
Wales — Legislation that bans the use of wild animals in traveling circuses will be introduced to the Welsh assembly today.
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.
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.
Lake Carmi, Vermont — Locals are cautiously optimistic a $1 million aeration system that can address the cyanobacteria algae bloom in the lake.
Nova Scotia — Check out how robots could help Canada’s electrical grids deal with the more powerful storms brought on by climate change.
Take a look at the top 10 emerging climate technologies of 2019 that will ensure a more sustainable, inclusive, prosperous future for all.
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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