Alternative materials could shrink concrete’s giant carbon footprint

Good News Notes:  “On the list of materials people use most, concrete may be a runner-up, but it isn’t small potatoes. Second only to water in terms of how much is used across the globe, the ubiquitous construction material is produced in staggering quantities. According to industry analysts, some 30 billion metric tons of concrete…

Big Oil And Big Tech Are Spending Billions On Renewable Energy

Good News Notes: “Given the option, most Americans would not only prefer to choose their own utility companies but also have more of the energy that powers their homes coming from clean energy sources. That’s according to a Consumer Report survey where 81% of respondents agreed that reducing pollution from power plants is a worthwhile goal. It’s…

Voeltzkow’s Chameleon Reappears After a Century of Being Labeled as Extinct

Good News Notes: “Voeltzkow’s chameleon, or the Furcifer voeltzkowi, was thought to be extinct for at least 100 years. Conservationists have rediscovered them in Madagascar, where the species are endemic. German researchers recently published their findings in the German Journal of Herpetology: Salamandra. Earth is on the verge of its sixth mass extinction or the Anthropocene…

Toy companies are cutting back on plastic to reduce waste

Good News Notes: “Many large toy companies are trying to become more eco-friendly after decades of relying on environmentally destructive plastic in their products and packaging. The pandemic has created an unanticipated surge in demand for toys as parents have hunkered down with children at home, and holiday toy sales are expected to be huge this year….

Johnnie Walker paper bottle first step in sustainable packaging race

Good News Notes: “Collaboration is the way to go when it comes to tackling climate change, according to one of the world’s largest alcoholic drinks makers. Like many large manufacturers, Diageo found that a lot of its carbon footprint is produced early on in its supply chain, including from raw materials and in packaging. These are classified…

Zurich sponsors reforestation project in Brazil

Good News Notes: “ Zurich will sponsor an eight-year reforestation project in Brazil to convert barren farmland back into native forest. The project will plant a million trees in recognition of the importance of healthy ecosystems in the fight against climate change and the devastating effects of biodiversity loss. Brazil’s Atlantic Forest will be restored…

Global reforestation drive grows fast as governments grasp benefits

Good News Notes:  “The world’s largest reforestation push, now almost a decade old, has beaten its 2020 target, as countries use their pledges to tackle national priorities including job creation, food security and climate change, researchers said on Wednesday. The Bonn Challenge – launched in 2011 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and…

MacKenzie Bezos donates $1.6B to charity

Good News Notes: “MacKenzie Bezos said she has given away more than $1.6 billion to a variety of causes over the past year. Bezos divorced Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos last year after 25 years of marriage. She received a 4 percent stake in the business as part of their divorce and has a net worth of $36 billion, according to Forbes….

How cities are using nature to keep heatwaves at bay

Good News Notes: “The more the planet warms, the more cities are finding they need new ways to keep urban temperatures down and protect their residents. Heatwaves are already by far the deadliest weather-related disasters in Europe; 140,000 deaths associated with 83 heatwaves have been recorded since the beginning of this century. Today, only 8…

Greta Thunberg wins Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, will donate money

Good News Notes: “Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is pledging to donate $1.15 million she’s won in prize money to groups working to fight climate change. Thunberg was selected to win the inaugural Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity from 136 nominees from 46 different countries, the foundation said in a statement. She was chosen because of the way she “has…