Google updates Maps, Search, Shopping, Nest for sustainability

Good News Notes: “On Wednesday, Google launched a suite of changes to many of its core products to help consumers make sustainable choices more easily. “Today, climate change is more than a threat,” Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and parent company Alphabet, said in a prerecorded video during a virtual press event Tuesday. “It is a…

Illinois becomes 1st Midwestern state to pass a law to phase out fossil fuels

Good News Notes: “At a time when the Midwest is being battered by more severe storms due to climate change, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a landmark law this month that will transition the state to 100 percent clean energy by 2045, with benchmarks along the way. While the effort has largely escaped national media attention, it…

Genesis Outlines Transition to EV, Fuel Cell Vehicles by 2030

Good News Notes: “Like many other auto brands as of late, Genesis has detailed its plans to convert to an electric vehicle fleet over the next few years. Beginning in 2025, the new vehicles the brand introduces will all be electric: Both battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric (i.e. no internal combustion). By 2030, all vehicles…

Phones from ocean plastic? Samsung aims for 2025

Good News Notes: “What if your future Galaxy phone was made of reclaimed ocean plastic? That’s one possible future Samsung has in mind. The consumer electronics titan became the most recent Big Tech company to embrace a stronger pro-planet pledge, announcing on Wednesday at its Samsung Unpacked launch event that it will eliminate all single-use plastic from…

Celour paint lets anyone “participate in CO2 removal in their daily lives”

Good News Notes: “Design graduate Kukbong Kim has developed a paint made from demolished concrete that is capable of absorbing 20 per cent of its weight in carbon. Called Celour, the paint can sequester 27 grams of CO2 for every 135 grams of paint used. “That is the same amount of carbon dioxide that a normal tree absorbs per day,” Kim said. The…

Ikea Buys 11K Acres of Land in Georgia for Conservation

Good News Notes: “Ikea’s investment group recently acquired nearly 11,000 acres of land in southeast Georgia, taking it under its wing to protect it from development, and to keep its hundreds of plant and wildlife species safe. The Ingka Group, which owns and operates most of the popular Swedish retailer’s stores, recently acquired approximately 10,840 acres…

Major Offshore Wind Project Sets Stage For Clean Energy Shift

Good News Notes: “The U.S. Interior Departmentapproved the country’s first large-scale offshore wind project Tuesday, a final hurdle that reverses course from the Trump administration and sets the stage for a major shift in the energy landscape. This “is a significant milestone in our efforts to build a clean and more equitable energy future while addressing…

Barcelona installs Spain’s first solar energy pavement

Good News Notes: “Barcelona city council has installed Spain’s first photovoltaic pavement as part of the city’s drive to become carbon neutral by 2050. The 50 sq metres of non-slip solar panels, installed in a small park in the Glòries area of the city, will generate 7,560kW a year, enough to supply three households.  …