Drone images give hope for return of kelp on U.S. West coast

Good News Notes: “Tranquil images of the Pacific Ocean taken by a drone show that California’s kelp forests may be making a comeback after years of depletion, bringing good news in the fight against climate change. Kelp, which reduces global warming by soaking up carbon dioxide from the air via photosynthesis, has died off dramatically…

Solar desalination device will provide clean water to 400,000 Kenyans

Good News Notes: “Now, a Dutch-based blended finance manager Climate Fund Managers (CFM), and Solar Water Solutions are working together to develop the installation of up to 200 desalination units in Kitui County, Kenya. The project eventually aims to provide clean water made of brackish groundwater for 400,000 Kenyans by 2023. The new solar-powered desalination system works…

All UK’s electricity will come from clean sources by 2035, says PM

Good News Notes: “Speaking from Manchester, the prime minister said the target could be achieved through advances in wind power and other renewable sources. The shift towards renewable energy is part of government efforts to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035. However some green groups have warned that the UK is behind schedule for…

Phykos’s carbon-capturing robotic seaweed farms are like planting fore

Good News Notes: “A new prototype of a small, solar-powered robotic vessel recently started sailing in the Pacific Ocean, pulling an underwater rack filled with seaweed. The startup developing the technology, called Phykos, says each platform holding the fast-growing kelp may be able to capture as much CO2 as 250 trees—and though the approach still needs…

Little fluffy clouds may help save Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Good News Notes: “To slow the speed at which high temperatures and warm waters bleach the corals of the Great Barrier Reef, Australian scientists are spraying droplets of ocean water into the sky to form clouds to protect the environmental treasure. Researchers working on the so-called Cloud Brightening project said they use a turbine to…

Ecoriginals Brings World’s Greenest Diapers and Wipes Stateside With U.S. Expansion

Good News Notes: “Loved by green-minded parents in Australia and New Zealand for the past decade, Ecoriginals, the world’s first and only plastic-neutral diapers and wipes company, today announced that its eco-friendly products are now available in the United States. Ecoriginals’ diapers are ninety percent plant-based and up to forty percent more absorbent than standard disposable diapers. The mix-and-match packs of…

Microsoft made a wireless mouse out of recycled ocean plastic

Good News Notes: “Alongside a fresh lineup of Surface systems, Microsoft announced a new mouse at its fall hardware event. The name gives away the reason why it’s interesting. It’s called the Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse. The shell is made with 20 percent recycled ocean plastic, which is created from waste that has been recovered from oceans and waterways…