Iceland Foods commits to being UK’s first plastic neutral supermarket

Good News Notes:  “Iceland Foods plans to be the first British supermarket group to become plastic neutral, offsetting its remaining plastic footprint by recovering and recycling waste plastic, it said on Thursday. Supermarket groups have been responding to growing consumer demands for less waste, less plastic and more action on the environment. Those demands are…

Solar panels in space could be clean-energy gold mines

Good News Notes: “Solar power has been a key part of humanity’s clean energy repertoire. We spread masses of sunlight-harvesting panels on solar fields, and many people power their homes by decorating their roofs with the rectangles.  But there’s a caveat to this wonderful power source. Solar panels can’t collect energy at night. To work…

Novel Renewable Technologies That Could Power the Future

Good News Notes: “You’ve heard, of course, of solar panels, wind turbines, and hydroelectric power plants, but did you know there are some other lesser-known renewable technologies currently in the pipeline? From stretchable or paint-infused solutions that can generate electricity from the Sun to ways for you to power your own electronics, the future of energy generation…

Nova Innovation and SABELLA team up on tidal energy

Good News Notes: “The collaboration will accelerate development of tidal energy sites for both Scottish and French companies, combining expertise to drive rapid scale-up of installed capacity in the tidal energy sector in both the UK and France. The alliance will include co-operation across French and UK sites, driving down costs, catalysing opportunities for funding,…

Orbital Marine Power of Scotland is pursuing ocean energy technologies.

Good News Notes: “Scotland is the source of many great exports: scotch (of course), Gordon Ramsay, and the Young brothers of iconic rock group AC/DC. Its next gift to the world might be a way to harness renewable energy from the ocean. In April, Scottish-based Orbital Marine Power launched the O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, to…

Amateur archaeologist uncovers earliest known animal carvings in Scotland

Good News Notes: “An amateur archaeologist has uncovered the earliest example of animal carvings in Scotland. The carvings were hiding in plain sight in a Bronze Age burial site.  Two red deer (Cervus elaphus) sporting fully grown antlers — as well as three smaller quadrupeds (four-footed animals), two of which are also likely to be deer —…

Hunted to extinction, England’s first wild beavers in 400 years allowed to stay

Good News Notes: “After a 400-year wait, sharp teeth are once again gnawing through trees and building dams on English waterways. Hunted to extinction in the 16th century, wild beavers are making a comeback after a five-year study demonstrated their positive impact on the environment. Local landowners had expressed concern that they could spread disease…

Sustainable packaging company launches wine bottle made from 94% recycled paper

Good News Notes: “A new wine bottle packaging just launched that is made from 94% recycled paperboard with a liner built to hold the beverage, Independent reported. The innovation, called the Frugal Bottle, is about five times lighter than a typical glass wine bottle. A Life Cycle Analysis, conducted by Intertek, found the Frugal Bottle has a carbon footprint up…

English-born Scottish wildcat moves north in bid to save species

Good News Notes:  “The eight-month-old male wildcat is one of a litter of four kittens bred at the Wildwood Trust centre in Kent. He underwent thorough health checks ahead of being selected for a new conservation programme that aims to reintroduce the critically endangered animals back into the wild after being declared “functionally extinct”. He…