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…

NIGERIA: Kano State launches a one million tree reforestation campaign

Good News Notes: “The government of Kano, a state in northern Nigeria, is committed to planting one million trees. The reforestation campaign aims to halt the advance of the desert in a region marked by temperatures of up to 440c. Desertification has reached alert levels in Nigeria. The West African country is experiencing land degradation…

Limerick-Based 1930 Café Launches With Plastic-Free Lidless Coffee Cup

Good News Notes: “Limerick-based 1930 Café has launched its new coffee shop concept with a plastic-free and lidless takeaway cup as part of its initiative to tackle plastic pollution, including the huge volumes generated by plastic-coated coffee cups and plastic lids. 1930 Café recently opened adjacent to Lidl’s new store on Corbally Road, Westbury, Co…

McDonald’s says nearly all its paper packaging from sustainable fiber

Good News Notes: “McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N) said on Thursday it has nearly achieved its goal of sourcing all of its paper food packaging in restaurants from recycled or sustainable fiber. The Chicago-based global burger chain said in its annual sustainability report that in 2020 99.6% of the paper bags, food wrappers, napkins, cup carriers and other fiber-based…

Diesel Killing Locomotive of the Future Runs on Solar Power

Good News Notes: “The creators of the solar-powered locomotive of the future were aiming to set a Guinness record for speed last weekend, and that is more than just your ordinary attention-getting stunt. Demonstrating the functionality of PV panels on rail cars could help set the stage for solar power to knock diesel fuel out…

Mussels can be a natural filter to remove microplastics from the ocean

Good News Notes: “In the waters of a marina near the Plymouth Marine Laboratory in England, a group of mussels are busy at work: filtering the water for microplastics. As the bivalves feed, they suck bacteria, algae, and anything else in their surroundings, including microplastics, out of the water and into their gills. When they…

Lululemon experiments with fabric made from recycled carbon

Good News Notes:  “New fabric samples made for Lululemon are identical to the proprietary fabric that the company uses to make high-end yoga pants. But the fabric is the first to be made with recycled carbon emissions. The athletic brand partnered with LanzaTech, a biotech startup that turns pollution into ethanol for use in fuel…

School built from recycled plastic in Indonesia offers blueprint for sustainability – and for disaster recovery three years after earthquakes

Good News Notes: “Asia’s first recycled plastic “Eco-Block” school has been built in a small, earthquake-devastated village in Lombok, Indonesia. The pilot project’s success has spawned a new wave of Eco-Block schools slated to begin construction in coming months on the Indonesian island. The earthquake-resistant five-classroom school was built in just five days in June…

Tackling air pollution with autonomous drones

Good News Notes:  “Hovering 100 meters above a densely populated urban residential area, the drone takes a quiet breath. Its goal is singular: to systematically measure air quality across the metropolitan landscape, providing regular updates to a central communication module where it docks after its patrol, awaiting a new set of instructions. The central module…