Making Cleaner, Greener, Biodegradable Plastics From Waste Fish Parts

Good News Notes: “Polyurethanes, a type of plastic, are nearly everywhere — in shoes, clothes, refrigerators, and construction materials. But these highly versatile materials can have a major downside. Derived from crude oil, toxic to synthesize, and slow to break down, conventional polyurethanes are not environmentally friendly. Today, researchers discuss devising what they say should…

UK To Fund Underwater Camera Network To Monitor Deep Ocean Wildlife

Good News Notes: “The targets: loggerhead turtles, silky sharks and sailfish. The mission: figure out how many of them are left. The United Kingdom announced Saturday it would launch a worldwide effort to monitor wildlife in the open oceans, hoping to fill a blue hole of scientific knowledge and get a clearer sense of which…

Disney World to remove all plastic silverware from theme parks

Good News Notes: “April is Earth Month and in celebration, Disney World is making an eco-friendly decision to remove all plastic silverware from their Florida theme parks starting today. A few years back Disney decided to remove all plastic straws from the theme parks in an effort to protect wildlife, especially at Disney’s Animal Kingdom….

Fix You: Coldplay Sponsors Watercraft To Clean Up Malaysia’s Rivers

Good News Notes: “Coldplay, a band that has long supported environmental sustainability, has announced a sponsorship of a RM3.2 million The Ocean Cleanup-designed watercraft to remove plastic trash from Malaysia’s rivers. “We’re proud to announce the first step in our partnership with The Ocean Cleanup: a new river Interceptor called Neon Moon 1,” the members…

Saving the Red Sea’s coral reefs by building fake ones

Good News Notes: “Israel’s bustling city of Eilat, at the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba and Red Sea, is renowned for beaches, hotels and one of the world’s northernmost coral reefs. Magnificent, colorful, diverse corals, sponges, giant clams, fish and other marine life make these reefs a national and world treasure. Barely 40…

‘Save The Divers’: The Sustainable Trend Innovative Watch Brands Are Following

Good News Notes: “The watch industry is frequently criticised for being quite unsustainable. The reality is that the materials that go into watchmaking – precious metals, jewels, batteries – are often produced via extractive and environmentally damaging methods. Of course, watchmaking is nowhere near as wasteful as some other industries, and watch brands have made…

Shetland electric cars can now be fuelled purely by the power of the sea

Good News Notes: “Nova Innovation’s tidal turbines have been powering local homes and businesses for more than five years. The company has now created an electric vehicle charge point on the island of Yell where drivers can fill up using tidal energy. The charge point is located on the shores of Bluemull Sound, at Cullivoe…

The human right that benefits nature

Good News Notes: “The history behind one of Costa Rica’s most important environmental commitments reads something like a legal fairytale. It started nearly 30 years ago, with a young boy who wanted to stop the pollution in his neighborhood and ended with a constitutional reform. The impacts of the boy’s efforts are still causing ripples…

This Soft Robot Stingray Just Explored the Deepest Point in the Ocean

Good News Notes: “While all eyes were on the dramatic descent of NASA’s Perseverance rover last month, a team sent a robot into another alien world, one closer to home: the deep sea. With its towering undersea mountains, dramatic geological features, and unique creatures—many of which remain mysterious—the deep sea is the last uncharted environment on Earth. The inaccessibility…