In Los Angeles, Tesla’s rivals roll out larger, cheaper electric SUVs

Good News Notes: “Automakers chasing electric vehicle leader Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) revealed new, more affordable and larger electric sport utility vehicles at the Los Angeles Auto Show, racing into one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. market. Kia Motors (000270.KS) called out Tesla by name at the show, announcing that its upcoming electric crossover EV6 beat Tesla’s previous…

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…

BIG and Vestre on the world’s most sustainable factory

Good News Notes: “Redefining eco-friendly architecture root and branch, BIG and Vestre aspire to create the world’s most sustainable furniture factory, called The Plus, in the middle of a Norwegian forest. Jan Christian Vestre is on a quest. He wants to create the world’s most sustainable furniture factory – and he is taking his goal suitably seriously. The young…

Nonprofit stepping up for education during the COVID crisis

Good News Notes: “When COVID-19 forced Summit54 to cancel its signature program for elementary school students in the lower Roaring Fork Valley last summer, the local nonprofit could have gone on hiatus. Instead, it doubled down on its efforts. Summit54 created new, free programs to provide tutoring for elementary school students at a time when…

Vertical Roots introduces reduced-plastic packaging in salads

Good News Notes: “Vertical Roots, the leading hydroponic container farming company in the U.S. growing fresh, nutritious leafy greens, is pleased to introduce a new innovative packaging design that utilizes 30% less plastic and prolongs freshness for the brand’s line of salad mixes; available in stores this month. The new packaging also features an elevated…

Discovery of new praying mantis species from the time of the dinosaurs

Good News Notes: “A McGill-led research team has identified a new species of praying mantis thanks to imprints of its fossilized wings. It lived in Labrador, in the Canadian Subarctic around 100 million years ago, during the time of the dinosaurs, in the Late Cretaceous period. The researchers believe that the fossils of the new…

New species of gecko has been hiding in plain sight

 Good News Notes: “One of the new species, named the plain tree gecko Gehyra gemina, is common on road houses and other buildings from Broome to the Queensland border, yet despite being widely found across northern Australia, the species was undescribed by science until now. Queensland Museum Senior Curator and Griffith University researcher Dr. Paul Oliver…

Zoo Atlanta welcomes Baloo the binturong

Good News Notes: “Zoo Atlanta is welcoming a new member of its family.  Baloo, a 1-year-old male binturong, recently arrived in Atlanta from the  Brookfield Zoo.” “Binturongs are also known as bearcats for their resemblances to both, but they’re actually more closely related to civets.” View the whole story here: https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/zoo-atlanta-welcomes-baloo-the-binturong