Going vegan can help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions

Good News Notes: “India is the world’s third-largest carbon polluter, behind China and the United States. It accounts for about 6 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions. If India—along with the US and China—doesn’t take steps to combat climate change, we will continue to suffer the consequences: a warming climate, changing rainfall patterns, droughts,…

Climate Change Improvements from Eating Less Meat

Good News Notes: “Not everyone needs to be a vegan to help combat climate change, but reducing meat consumption is both good for the planet and good for individual health, according to two national/international groups creating awareness of climate change impacts related to food consumption, as well as advocating for fair treatment of animals. Animal…

Tampa Convention Center to get solar panels as TECO pivots from fossil fuels

Good News Notes: “The Tampa Convention Center will soon play a key role in providing clean energy to the city, with the building’s roof presenting a 250,000-square-foot opportunity. Monday morning, the mayor and TECO announced plans for a large solar array on top of the waterfront building. “Looking down from a tall building at the convention center, wide-open space,…

Newly Discovered Symbiosis Could Power Carbon Removal in The Sea

Good News Notes: “Tropical rainforests are often called the lungs of our planet, sucking vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and puffing out oxygen in exchange. As it turns out, however, there are even bigger lungs in our oceans. Seagrass meadows are vast fields of underwater plants capable of capturing carbon 35 times faster than tropical…

The Cutest Way to Fight Climate Change? Send in the Otters

Good News Notes: “OFF THE COAST of California lies an underwater forest of giant kelp, a kind of seaweed that grows to 100 feet tall at the rate of a foot a day. Just as a terrestrial forest sucks carbon dioxide out of the air, all that rapidly growing seaweed soaks up carbon from the water,…

In Iceland, CO2 sucked from the air is turned to rock

Good News Notes: “At the foot of an Icelandic volcano, a newly-opened plant is sucking carbon dioxide from the air and turning it to rock, locking away the main culprit behind global warming. Orca, based on the Icelandic word for “energy,” does its cutting-edge work at the Hellisheidi geothermal power plant in southwest Iceland. It…

Amazon To Invest In Sustainable Agroforestry And Reforestation In Brazil

Good News Notes: “Amazon (AMZN) has launched Agroforestry and Restoration Accelerator in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, a global environmental organization. This carbon removal project is part of the company’s commitment to meeting The Climate Pledge. It will be implemented in the Brazilian Amazonian state of Par by restoring native rainforests and fighting climate change…

Israeli start-up devises way to convert used nappies into green plastics

Good News Notes: “UBQ Materials is researching a way for turning common household waste into sustainable plastics. The Tel Aviv based start-up is set on developing a material out of the likes of paper, mixed plastics, food residue and dirty diapers that could serve as a substitute to conventional plastic, wood and concrete. This material…

These entrepreneurs want consumers to reuse wine bottles

Good News Notes: “Americans aren’t the biggest wine sippers in the world — imbibing a mere 3.2 gallons per person in 2020 versus the 16 gallons guzzled by Portuguese residents, according to estimates from the industry’s primary source of stats.  But the habit still translates into a whole lot of single-use bottles: About 4.3 billion of…

This NASA-inspired technology converts carbon dioxide into food.

Good News Notes: “NASA asked the same question in the 1960s. And the challenge of feeding a year-long space mission led to a remarkable discovery: when astronauts exhale, the carbon dioxide in their breath can be captured by a special class of microbes – and potentially turned into nutrients. Now an American company has taken…