More EVs by 2050 could save thousands of lives, American Lung Association finds

Good News Notes:   “America has a pollution problem, especially when it comes to how we get around. From our semi-trucks to trains to school buses to personal cars, we’re emitting too much carbon dioxide. And it’s costing us our health, environment, money, and lives.  The American Lung Association released its “‘Road to Clean Air‘ report…

A New Kind of Plastic Could Be Recycled Indefinitely

Good News Notes: “Scientists say they’ve developed a kind of plastic that can be recycled an unlimited number of times. Usually, the recycling process takes a serious toll on the quality of plastics. But New Scientist reports that the new material, PBTL, can be broken down and remolded into something new that’s just as high-quality as the original…

German State Requires Solar Panels On New, Non-Residential Buildings

Good News Notes: “If, say, a monster was threatening the future of humanity and the only way to defeat it was to stop feeding it pollution, there’s a good chance governments would take strong steps to cut pollution urgently. Unfortunately, despite everything above being the same except that the word “monster” should be replaced with…

European life expectancy increases by 9 months due to less pollution

Good News Notes: “Europeans have gained an average of nine extra months of life expectancy, thanks to successful air pollution regulations. Since the creation of the European Environment Agency, resulting emissions targets have meant European citizens are now exposed to 41 per cent less particulate pollution than they were two decades ago. This insight was published…

Johnnie Walker whisky to be sold in paper bottles

Good News Notes: “Johnnie Walker, the whisky which traces its roots back 200 years, will soon be available in paper bottles. Diageo, the drinks giant that owns the brand, said it plans to run a trial of the new environmentally-friendly packaging from next year. While most Johnnie Walker is sold in glass bottles, the firm…

Non-plastic bag can dissolve in cold water in just 5 minutes – AOL News

Good News Notes: “This non-plastic bag can dissolve in water in less than 5 minutes — and its creators are hoping it can help cut down on global pollution. Solubag’s revolutionary material closely resembles a generic shopping bag at first glance. However, unlike its plastic counterpart, a Solubag can easily be dissolved in cold water,…

Asian Otter Pups Born at Florida Jacksonville Zoo

Good News Notes: “The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has four new Asian small-clawed otter pups running around their facility. The adorable little otters — two males and two females — were born on Dec. 28 but had been kept behind the scenes with the rest of their family to give them time to grow and…