Dutch Bros employee starts recycling

Good News Notes: “One local Dutch Bros Coffee employee is doing a lot more than serving up drinks. She noticed her store wasn’t recycling much, so she took matters into her own hands. With a drive-thru packed with cars, employees at the Dutch Bros in Rio Rancho don’t miss a beat. “My friend actually got…

Cement firm works with GE’s renewables unit on wind turbine recycling

Good News Notes: “General Electric’s renewables unit and LafargeHolcim, the world’s biggest cement manufacturer, have struck a deal to explore the recycling of wind turbine blades. A memorandum of understanding will see the companies focus on exploring “circular economy solutions.” Business practices connected to the notion of a circular economy have gained traction in recent years,…

Côte d’Ivoire combats land exploitation via reforestation mission

Good News Notes: “Extensive deforestation to cultivate cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire the world’s leading producer of beans has reduced the surface area of the Ivorian forest from sixteen million hectares — or more than 50% at the time of the country’s independence in 1960, to two million hectares or less than 11% today, according to…

Ex-Reddit CEO raises $30M to offer ‘reforestation in a box’

Good News Notes: “Over the past 4.5 billion years (give or take a few hundred million), the Earth has cultivated many perfect examples of circular economy principles — including the natural patterns through which water is withdrawn from rivers, springs, streams, lakes (and so forth) through evaporation and returned through rainfalls both gentle and stormy. …

Nuclear bomb detectors uncover secret population of blue whales hiding in Indian Ocean

Good News Notes: “Scientists have discovered an entirely new population of pygmy blue whales in the Indian Ocean, which have managed to evade detection for decades despite their enormous size. Researchers uncovered the secretive cetaceans by analyzing acoustic data collected by an underwater nuclear bomb detection array, which revealed a unique song scientists had never heard before….

Fond du Lac groups aim to end “sleep poverty” for kids

Good News Notes: “Where are the children sleeping? Most parents don’t give it a thought when they tuck their children into their beds at night, snuggled into pillows and soft blankets. But, there are children in the community — more than you might think — who sleep on piles of clothing on the floor, on couches or huddled together in beds meant…