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These entrepreneurs want consumers to reuse wine bottles - Happy Eco News

Courtesy of Good Goods Close Authorship Americans aren't the biggest wine sippers in the world - imbibing a mere 3.2 gallons per person in 2020 versus the 16 gallons guzzled by Portuguese residents, according to estimates from the industry's primary source of stats . But the habit still translates into a whole lot of single-use [...]

'People Are Winning': County Becomes First in U.S to Ban New ​Fossil Fuel Infrastructure - Happy Eco News

Semiahmoo Marina near Bellingham, Washington in Whatcom County. Edmund Lowe Photography / Moment / Getty Images The Whatcom County Council in Washington state has unanimously passed permanent land-use policies that ban new fossil fuel infrastructure, becoming the first in the U.S. to pass such a measure.

Bayer to Pull Glyphosate Products, Including Roundup, From U.S. Home and Garden Market - Happy Eco News

Roundup products on a shelf at a store in San Rafael, California, on July, 9, 2018. JOSH EDELSON / AFP via Getty Images Bayer will no longer sell glyphosate -containing products to U.S. home gardeners, the company announced on Thursday . The move comes as the company currently faces around 30,000 legal claims from customers [...]

Facing Warming Waters, Fishermen Are Taking Up Ocean Farming - Happy Eco News

Dune Lankard is embracing a method called regenerative ocean farming. For all his life, Alaskan fisherman Dune Lankard has looked to the sea-for food, work and purpose. "I started fishing when I was five," says Lankard, a member of the Athabaskan Eyak community, an Indigenous group from the Copper River Delta.

10 jobs that will help shape a zero-emissions future - Happy Eco News

Students at the British Columbia Institute of Technology restore wetlands as part of a three-day field course. BCIT offers an Ecological Restoration Degree Program. This story is part of the series Getting to Zero: Decarbonizing Cascadia , which explores the path to low-carbon energy for British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon.

Plastic Toy Recycling: Mattel Launches New Program - Happy Eco News

Kids grow and change quickly, and so does their taste in toys. One minute, they can't get enough dolls. The next minute, they can't stand the idea of them, opting for toy cars instead. As kids grow up, parents often find themselves with lots of unwanted plastic toys to dispose of.

Adventuring in New River Gorge, the newest US national park

In the late afternoon, after a physically hard day of building trails, a group of shirtless young guys take turns belaying each other as they scramble up a huge rockface. These climbing-lovers are answering the call of southern West Virginia's Nuttall sandstone.

Shopify to spend $5 million per year "to kickstart demand in carbo n removal"

Shopify's Sustainability Fund is pumping $5 million into projects that remove atmospheric carbon and publishing the results so other companies can follow its lead, fund director Stacy Kauk told Dezeen. Established in September last year, the fund "intentionally overpays for carbon removal, funding pilot projects and generating demand to kickstart the market and drive down future prices."

Blue bubbles helped "make the cause of climate change visible" say visualisers behind viral video

A 2012 animation showing New York City being buried under a mountain of giant bubbles allowed people to appreciate the scale of carbon emissions for the first time, according to its creators Real World Visuals. Released in 2012, the computer-generated timelapse shows the city being buried under a mountain of bubbles representing the city's 54 million tonnes of annual CO2 emissions.

'Magical': synchronous fireflies light up US national parks

'Dazzling phenomenon': fireflies light up in unison once a year - video As fireflies in the southern Appalachians search for their mates each year, a crowd of people awaits them, hoping to catch a glimpse of a rare light show known to some as a life-changing experience.

Colorado records first litter of gray wolf pups since 1940s

Colorado has its first litter of gray wolf pups since the 1940s, state wildlife officials said on Wednesday. A state biologist and district wildlife manager both spotted the litter of at least three wolf pups over the weekend with their parents, two adult wolves known to live in the state.

California to transport 17m salmon to the sea by truck as drought bites

Baby Chinook salmon from California's Central Valley typically have a long swim downriver to the ocean to survive into the next stage of life. This year, they are getting a helping hand in the form of a fleet of tanker trucks set to carry almost 17 million of the fish to the sea.

Hawaii Becomes First U.S. State to Declare Climate Emergency

By Andrea Germanos Hawaii is poised to become the first U.S. state to declare a climate emergency after the Legislature's adoption Thursday of State Senate Concurrent Resolution 44. The bill "acknowledges that an existential climate emergency threatens humanity and the natural world, declares a climate emergency, and requests statewide collaboration toward an immediate just transition and emergency mobilization effort to restore a safe climate."

With baby animals, patience pays: Photographer describes new book of intimate portraits

Suzi Eszterhas was recently named Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by the North American Nature Photography Association, only the second woman to receive this honor in 24 years. Her book "New On Earth: Baby Animals in the Wild" now in bookstores showcases her specialty: photographing newborn and young wildlife.

Nestlé ordered to stop diverting spring water from San Bernardino Forest

Nestlé has been ordered to stop taking spring water from the San Bernardino National Forest for its bottled water products. The decision, made by California's Water Resources Control Board, comes after a probe into Nestlé's use of spring water found multiple violations and excessive resource depletion.

Feeding a city from the world's largest rooftop greenhouse

The new greenhouse will accelerate Lufa's mission to grow food. The world's largest rooftop greenhouse is in Montreal, Canada. It measures more than 15,000m2 and produces more than 11,000kg of food per week. The company behind it had to hire 200 new employees due to pandemic-driven demand.

How Do We Decarbonize the Food System?

The systems that support growing, shipping and processing food make up one-third of heat trapping gases. How can Agtech help us tackle this tangled and underserved sector? We'll look at investment activity, technological solutions, and policy levers. Then, we revisit long-duration storage. A net-zero grid will require new ways to store and discharge energy over long periods.

Recycling in the U.S. Is Failing, But These 7 Cities Are Doing Things Right

The recycling industry in America is broken. With unsellable scrap materials and already-burgeoning landfills, many consider the entire industry confusing and complex , at best, and a lost cause, at worst. Nevertheless, some local governments are trying to address program shortfalls with various policies.

Meet the artists creating sustainable artwork for Nespresso's flagship cafes

Nespresso's parent company, Nestlé, has certainly come under fire for things like bottling water in California during historic droughts and sourcing water near Flint, Michigan in the past. While the company attempts to offset the environmental impact of its coffee business via a recycling program, Nespresso will also highlight sustainability through art.

Goodbye, old freeways? How subtraction could address climate change

Grist / VCG / VCG via Getty Images As the coronavirus pandemic ravaged the country last year, then-candidate Joe Biden pushed one message again and again: "Build Back Better." The phrase now lends its name to the White House's massive, multi-pronged proposal to help the country recover from the COVID-induced recession, tackle climate change, and bring the country's railroads, bridges, and water pipes into the modern era.

Can recycled glass help restore Louisiana's eroding coastline?

A new initiative to turn glass bottles from New Orleans' many drinking spots into tiny particles of sand has raised hopes of a green transformation Dave Clements, owner of Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge, a beloved dive bar in New Orleans, has watched Louisiana's coast shrink year after year.

Solar Is Cheapest Electricity In History, U.S. DOE Aims To Cut Costs 60% By 2030

Solar power costs have been coming down for decades. That long and significant trend has already led to solar power becoming the cheapest option for new electricity in the world - in the history of the world .

The 'profound, beautiful' waterbirds that have been brought back from the brink

Trumpeter swans are one of two types of swans found in Alberta, along with the tundra swan. Trumpeter swans can be identified by their straight beaks and jet black colouring, while tundra swans have yellow colouring at their bill base.

Northern star coral study could help protect tropical corals

As the Rhode Island legislature considers designating the Northern Star Coral an official state emblem, researchers are finding that studying this local creature's recovery from a laboratory-induced stressor could help better understand how to protect endangered tropical corals.

Turtles complete seemingly impossible journey thanks to a hidden 'corridor' through the Pacific

(Image credit: Shutterstock) North Pacific loggerhead sea turtles ( Caretta caretta ) hatch on the shores of Japan and spend much of their time in the open Pacific, but sometimes mysteriously crop up in Mexico, 9,000 miles (14,500 kilometers) away from their original nesting ground.

United Airlines: 'No choice' but to go carbon neutral

In 2019 there were 4.5 billion airline passengers worldwide, up from 2.1 billion in 2005 Flying is one of the most carbon-intensive ways to get around . Around 2-3% of global carbon emissions come from aviation , which means that if the sector were a country, it would be the sixth-largest source of CO2 in the world.

America's Bald Eagle Population Has Quadrupled Since 2009, Government Report Finds

After being threatened with extinction, the American bald eagle population has quadrupled since 2009 - a swift recovery that Martha Williams, deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, calls "one of the most remarkable conservation success stories of all time," AP News reported . A report released Wednesday by The U.S.

After Massive Wildfires DroneSeed is Replanting Forests 6x Faster By Using Special Drones

DroneSeed When a wildfire destroys the forest on your property, what are your options for restoring what has been lost? DroneSeed will fly a squadron of seed-dispersing aerial robots to lay the foundations for a new forest atop ones that have been torched.

Chicago, a 'Sweet Home' for an Endangered Bee?

A rusty patched bumble bee is seen during a bee survey near the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Jill Utrup / While many know Chicago as the "Second City," the old stomping grounds of Michael Jordan or Al Capone, or perhaps even still as "Hog Butcher to the World," I doubt many think of it as a home for endangered wildlife.

Biden administration announces plan to expand wind power

Power-generating Siemens 2.37MW wind turbines are seen at the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility California, US [File: Bing Guan/Reuters] The White House has announced plans to expand offshore wind energy in the coming decade by opening new areas to development, speeding environmental permitting, and boosting public financing for projects.

Is the sociable house sparrow finally making a comeback?

The friendly bird, whose population has been declining in cities for decades, has found an ally in citizen-led movements across various States About two decades ago, the chirp of house sparrows was a familiar sound in urban neighbourhoods.

Can Old Wind Turbine Blades Be Repurposed for a 'Second Wind'?

Several innovative companies have begun brainstorming better ways to repurpose old wind turbine blades. xu wu / Getty Images When wind turbine blades reach the end of their usefulness, most are sawed into transportable pieces and hauled to landfills, where they never break down.

FedEx to Electrify Entire Fleet by 2040

A FedEx truck travels along Interstate 10 by the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm near Palm Springs, California on Feb. 27, 2019. Robert Alexander / Getty Images FedEx's entire parcel pickup and delivery fleet will become 100 percent electric by 2040, according to a statement released Wednesday.

Biden's energy department revives loan program to boost clean technology

As part of its clean-energy agenda, the Biden administration is reviving an energy department program that disbursed billions of dollars in loan guarantees to companies such as electric car maker Tesla and the failed solar company Solyndra, the energy secretary, Jennifer Granholm, says.

Quebec's Magpie River becomes first in Canada to be granted legal personhood

The Magpie River in Côte-Nord, Que., is the first in Canada to granted legal personhood rights. Photo by Boreal River In a first for Canadians, a river in Côte-Nord, Que., has been granted legal personhood by the local municipality of Minganie and the Innu Council of Ekuanitshit.

Green-pawed sea otters are saving California's kelp forests

Kelp forests off the coast of California have declined dramatically since 2014, with large areas being replaced by a carpet of sea urchins. However, there are often healthy patches of forest next door - and a study from the University of California, Santa Cruz has shown that it's sea otters' green paws that help them thrive.

USC Will Divest From Fossil Fuels

Click here to view original web page at USC Will Divest From Fossil Fuels The University of Southern California Board of Trustees' Investment Committee voted earlier this month to halt new investments in fossil fuels, the university announced Wednesday. The university will also liquidate its existing fossil fuel investments over the next several years.

Green renovation to a '50s California home features recycled denim insulation

A private residence in San Anselmo, California has received a green renovation with some unique features. Designers from Pfau Long Architecture expanded the space to 2,800 feet to help this project stick out from the rest, complete with sustainable solar power and recycled denim insulation.

Nearly 200 Florida manatees filmed basking in shallow waters with dolphins

Video is unusual in that it captures species that don't interact often in high numbers as manatee numbers are down Hundreds of Florida manatees filmed basking alongside dolphins - video Almost 200 threatened Florida manatees have been filmed together basking in shallow waters off the state's west coast, the remarkable drone footage also showing a pod of playful dolphins swimming through the group.

5 cool measurement tools attempting to quantify regenerative agriculture

Regenerative farming requires more high-tech equipment than tractors. //Courtesy of Unsplash. Many practices are associated with regenerative agriculture - anything from no-till practices to pesticide-free farming. What's more, the concept means different things for different crops in different regions. What is considered regenerative in one location might not qualify for the same label under other agricultural conditions.

Eco-Friendly Homeowners Lower Carbon Footprints through Greater Air Conditioner Efficiency

Sustainability is a greater concern than ever for homeowners throughout the United States. According to recent polls, 68% of homeowners want a property that is environmentally friendly. There are a lot of ways that you can lower the carbon footprint of your home.

Concept Hybrid Planes Could Reduce Deadly Air Pollution by 95 Percent

MIT engineers have designed a concept airplane that could eliminate 95 percent of toxic emissions. Aaron Foster / Getty Images Air travel is a major source of air pollution . A new concept hybrid-electric airplane could reduce dangerous emissions by 95 percent and potentially save thousands of lives every year.

Almost All New US Power Plants Built in 2021 Will Be Carbon-Free

Large scale solar plants will bring more new capacity online this year than any other electricity source. Wind and solar make up a small share of U.S. electricity production today, but they're poised to supply 70 percent of new power plant capacity built this year. That's not according to pro-solar activists or industry trade groups.

The Surprising Environmental Benefits of Using an Organic Mattress

There are a lot of things that you need to keep in mind when you are trying to live a green lifestyle . You need to consider using organic materials to lower your carbon footprint and minimize the amount of waste that you produce.

The secret power of old growth

More than ever, as the Forest Service seeks to undo logging restrictions, we need to embrace the crucial way old-growth forests keep the planet healthy Carbon king: Thick, furrowed bark makes this 500-year-old Douglas fir more fire-resistant than younger trees. It also stores more carbon than smaller relatives.

Food Delivery Cold Packs: Reuse, Upcycling, & Recycling Tips

If you're getting your meals delivered, you may already have a collection of cold packs. These gel-filled plastic bags do a great job of keeping perishable food chilled. But what do you do with the cold packs after you've unpacked your delivery? Many of us are turning to meal delivery services instead of eating out.

Environmentalists seek to block Bahamas oil drilling bid near U.S. coast

This month, Bahamas Petroleum Company is set to begin exploratory oil drilling in Bahamian waters, about 240 kilometers (150 miles) from the Florida coast. Environmental groups have approached the Bahamian Supreme Court, seeking an immediate stay on the company's drilling operations; they say the government unlawfully granted permits to drill.

6 Financial Benefits of Solar-Powered Homes

A growing number of homeowners are investing heavily in solar power these days. The residential market for solar energy is growing at a stunning rate of 16% a year . Solar power involves converting energy from sunlight into electricity using solar panels. You can switch your home to solar power to access amazing advantages and savings.

How Outdoor Learning Can Bring Curiosity and Connection to Education in Tough Times

A Hooded Warbler takes a step at Central Park in New York City. The bird was definitely going to die. The eighth-graders in Cornelius Minor's class were walking back to their Brooklyn school when someone noticed a young bird struggling for life on the sidewalk.

New York state is divesting its pension fund from fossil fuels

As the climate crisis worsens, cities, states, and even entire countries -along with churches, universities, and foundations including the Rockefellers Brothers Fund-have opted to divest from fossil fuels, removing their investment dollars from companies in industries like coal or oil. Now, New York state is the latest to take that step.

Fluorescent Evergreen Glow Tells When Trees Are Taking Up Carbon

Researchers are learning how to interpret the faint light given off by the trees It's pretty simple to tell when deciduous trees are photosynthesizing-their leaves are green. When that process is over for the year, the foliage shrivels up, turns brown, and falls off, an event so widespread it can be tracked by satellites in space.

Two Critically Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale Calves Are Spotted Off U.S. Coast

North Atlantic right whale Chiminea swims with her new calf off Cumberland Island in Georgia on Dec. 4, 2020. Clearwater Marine Aquarium / NOAA Fisheries Southeast Like most of us, North Atlantic right whales have not had a very good 2020.

Aptera unveils three-wheeled solar electric car that "requires no charging"

US startup Aptera has developed a solar and electric vehicle with a range of up to 1,000 miles on a full battery, which it claims most drivers won't need to charge.

No-kill, lab-grown meat to go on sale for first time

Cultured meat, produced in bioreactors without the slaughter of an animal, has been approved for sale by a regulatory authority for the first time. The development has been hailed as a landmark moment across the meat industry.

This nature center proves zero-energy is possible even in wintry Minnesota

Environmental stewardship comes alive in spectacular fashion at the new Westwood Hills Nature Center, an interpretative center in the heart of St. Louis Park, Minnesota that blends energy efficiency, environmental education and beautiful architecture.

Quebec to ban sale of new gas vehicles by 2035

Canada's second largest province joins British Columbia in setting a ban on combustion vehicles Quebec is taking pole position in Canada to drive the transition towards electric vehicle adoption, with the province's Minister of Environment, Benoit Charette, announcing today new light internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles will not be sold in the province as of 2035.

10 Simple Home Improvement Tips To Create A Green Home Environment

Are you a green homeowner? You aren't alone! Polls show 59% of Realtors have found their customers are concerned about sustainability. Our homes are where we spend the majority of our lives. We spend our time drifting to sleep, spending time with our families, and making meals to fuel our lives.

Build a DIY garden you can bring on the road

Totally portable Illustration by +ISM There's nothing quite like putting down roots and tending a garden. But what happens if you don't have a backyard? Or you're suddenly uprooted? Or you decide to go on a road trip and can't get anyone to watch your plants? Just whip up a portable container garden.

New 'electronic skin' is a recyclable, self-healing wearable device

Self-healing "electronic skin" that stretches into a circuit board and attaches to the human body could be a more environmentally friendly alternative to the current wearable devices, scientists have said. Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder in the US are developing a thin, skin-like wearable device that they say is fully recyclable and has the capability to repair itself .

Alexandra Cousteau Wants To Restore The Oceans By 2050

Alexandra Cousteau on a scientific expedition with ocean conservation organization Oceana examining ... [+] In 1968, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau aired on televisions around the world. However, by this time the abundance of large marine mammals in the world's oceans was already much less than what it had been just 100 years earlier .