Good News Digest #15

Detroit Dam, Detroit, Oregon, United States. Photo by    Dan Meyers    on    Unsplash   .

Detroit Dam, Detroit, Oregon, United States. Photo by Dan Meyers 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.

CLIMATE ACTION

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers pledged the state would be carbon-neutral by 2050.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed to ban single-use plastics.

Major UK water companies, local authorities and NGOs partnered on an initiative to plant 11 million trees in order to reach the 2030 target of a carbon-neutral water industry.

Studies are confirming that companies that embrace sustainable investing are seeing their sales, profits and stocks rise.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

A new MIT study finds that renewable energy can generate billions of dollars in health benefits.

Dubai approved a hydroelectric project that will have a capacity to generate 250MW of electricity by 2024.

Melbourne is helping finance the construction of a massive wind farm, thus revolutionizing how cities can switch to renewable power.

Amazon has announced two new renewable energy projects: a solar farm in Pittsylvania County, Virginia and a new wind farm in Cork, Ireland.

Bloomberg foresees that windmills and batteries will attract billions of dollars in the Green Energy Revolution. Here are the numbers to back it up.

FOOD

Food service providers Aramark and Sodexo, which serve billions of meals each year at schools, hospitals, stadiums, and office cafés, have signed big partnerships with the makers of meatless meat.

Goldsmiths, a college of London University, has banned beef in an effort to achieve carbon-neutrality.

Fish stocks are stable and reef health is improving in Belize, thanks to a groundbreaking approach to ocean protection that requires fishing licenses and designates fishing zones.

TRANSPORTATION

Energy giant Shell’s first electric vehicle fast charger just launched in Singapore.

ZeroAvia announced its significant advancements in developing a zero-emission, hydrogen-fueled electric airplane.

INNOVATION

A lab in Bath, UK just created a plant-based alternative to plastic microbeads, mostly found in the cosmetic industry (toothpaste, deodorant, gels, exfoliants) or household cleaners and paints.

Los Angeles start-up Mi Terro is sourcing excess milk from a dairy farm in China to create sustainable, durable clothing.

A puffy pink seaweed capable of preventing cows from burping out methane and reducing cow emissions by 99% is being primed for mass farming by Australian researchers.


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