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…

University of Minnesota-Morris says it now has a net zero carbon footprint

Good News Notes: “After years of nationally renowned sustainability efforts, the University of Minnesota-Morris says it has achieved carbon neutrality. This means the campus produces the same amount of energy it consumes, eliminating its carbon footprint. Clean energy sources that don’t give off carbon dioxide, such as wind, solar panels and a biomass-burning facility allow…

Adidas and Allbirds to design world’s most sustainable shoe

 Good News Notes: “Six-year-old sneaker startup Allbirds is collaborating with the 70-year-old sporting giant Adidas to design a performance sports shoe with what the brands believe will be the world’s lowest carbon footprint. The companies aren’t sharing many specific details, but we know they’re planning to combine their respective areas of expertise to create a…

Mysterious glowing coral reefs are fighting to recover

Good News Notes: “A new study by the University of Southampton has revealed why some corals exhibit a dazzling colourful display, instead of turning white, when they suffer ‘coral bleaching’ – a condition which can devastate reefs and is caused by ocean warming. The scientists behind the research think this phenomenon is a sign that…

Taco Bell says it will add plant-based meat

Good News Notes: “Long before the Impossible Whopper at Burger King and  Beyond Meat chicken at KFC, Taco Bell filled a fast-food gap for vegetarians and vegans with its easy ability to swap beans for beef and its “fresco” style modification, which subs pico de gallo for dairy toppings such as sour cream and cheese. The…

Serve Plants to Save the Planet

 Good News Notes: “With holiday parties rapidly approaching, now is the time for environmental groups to walk the talk by adopting Earth-friendly menus for their events. The global scientific community agrees that we must reduce meat and dairy production to tackle the most pressing environmental disasters of our time. To do that, we have to…

Dominion will turn cow waste into renewable energy

Good News Notes: “Dominion Energy has formed a $200 million partnership with Vanguard Renewables to turn methane from livestock waste at dairy farms into renewable natural gas.” “The partnership will work initially with dairy farms in Georgia, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, with multiple projects under development. Dominion says the RNG conversions at initial…

First US steel plants powered by wind, solar energy are coming

Good News Notes: “Nucor’s $250 million micromill in Sedalia, Missouri, is set to be the first U.S. steel plant to run on wind energy.” “A recycled steel plant run by EVRAZ in Colorado is transitioning from coal to solar in a partnership with Xcel Energy and a solar developer half owned by BP.” “Although recycled…

Amazon Buys 100,000 Electric Delivery Vans With Climate Pledge

Good News Notes: “Amazon is buying 100,000 electric-powered delivery vehicles as part of a newly announced goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 to help stop global warming.” “On Thursday, the e-commerce giant unveiled and became the first company to commit to The Climate Pledge, which is calling on all businesses to achieve the…