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How To Start a Creative Reuse Center: Learnings & Tips From 7 Centers - Happy Eco News

Are you a crafter or an artist who likes to experiment with different materials? If so, you probably are already familiar with your local creative reuse center . But if your community doesn't have a creative reuse center, this may be something you'd like to get started locally.

Appalachian Beekeeping Collective boosts pollinators and supports beekeepers - Happy Eco News

Oh, honey. This ultra-sweet concoction is nature's candy, a product of hardworking bees. It can be controversial among plant-based eaters, but the reality is we can enjoy this natural sweetener if we learn to live in harmony with the bees. Unfortunately, bees are in trouble.

This sponge could inspire advanced designs in buildings, bridges and aircraft - Happy Eco News

The structure of E. aspergillum resembles a delicate glass vase in the form of a thin-walled, cylindrical tube with a large central atrium. The structural makeup of the Venus flower basket sponge could lead to advanced designs for structures around the world. Its unique shape and build helps it respond to the forces of air [...]

16 Recipes That Give New Life to Your Fruit and Veggie Scraps - Happy Eco News

Some food scraps are too tasty to end up in the compost bin; most fruit and vegetable peels, stalks, and greens can be baked, boiled, roasted, and blended for a zero-waste meal. About 30-40% of our national food supply is wasted each year , which accounts for 11% of US greenhouse gas emissions.

Lorde's New Album Won't Be Released as CD, for Environmental Reasons - Happy Eco News

Singer-songwriter Lorde performs at PNE Amphitheatre on Sept. 3, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. Singer-songwriter Lorde is releasing a new album titled Solar Power , and she's working to make sure it lives up to its name. The release of the 12-track album, due Aug. 20, won't include a physical CD.

Wild night out: how a nocturnal walk in the woods can reconnect us with nature - Happy Eco News

I'm having my first "wild night out" in 18 months in Devon with the ecologist and author Chris Salisbury. We are here to enjoy the darkness by walking in woods, canoeing on the river and breaking into song (for Salisbury). Far away from the dulling effect of streetlights and strobe lighting, this is a very [...]

Belugas and Polar Bears

Guest post by: Kieran McIver, Beluga Boat Captain and Churchill Operations Manager at Polar Bears International Churchill, Manitoba, is known worldwide for its polar bears, but for a brief window every summer, the beluga whales take over-an astonishing scene as they flood into the Churchill River estuary and surround the shorelines of Hudson Bay, their numbers reaching into the thousands.

Could 'Upcycling' Turn Food Waste Into Your Next Meal?

Upcycled foods are made from ingredients that would otherwise have ended up in a food waste destination. By Rodney Holcomb and Danielle Bellmer How would you like to dig into a "recycled" snack? Or take a swig of juice with "reprocessed" ingredients made from other food byproducts?

Most new wind and solar projects will be cheaper than coal, report finds

Almost two-thirds of wind and solar projects built globally last year will be able to generate cheaper electricity than even the world's cheapest new coal plants, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).

These 5 beer companies are taking steps to protect the planet

Beer will become increasingly expensive and could be in short supply by the end of the century because of climate change. Barley crops are under threat from increased droughts and extreme heat, due to climate change. Beer will become increasingly expensive and in short supply as a result.

Forest Bathing, Forest Healing

By Grant Brown, Founder, Happy Eco News It's not until we drive off the ferry that my jaw unclenches. I didn't even know my teeth had been clenched so hard. I wonder how long they had been that way. Was it hours? Days? Weeks?

The Wide World of Sustainable Wine

Even casual wine drinkers know there is no such thing as a typical bottle of wine; there are hundreds of kinds of wine, and even the same wine tastes subtly different from one bottle to the next.

Waste less, sell more - how one startup is using AI to transform food retail

Artificial intelligence could help reduce the amount of food waste. We each throw out 74kg (163 lbs) of food waste per person, per year. UN Sustainable Development Goals aim for 50% less food waste by 2030. AI software is shown to reduce supermarket food waste by a third.

How to reimagine our cities as hubs for biodiversity conservation and climate resilience

Green spaces in cities help offset climate changes and provide physical and mental well-being for their citizens Biodiversity - all living organisms, including plants, animals and microorganisms - is essential for human existence. Yet when we think about biodiversity, we rarely picture a city in our minds.

Matchbox Joins LEGO and Hasbro in Environmental Initiatives Within the Toy Industry

The Matchbox Tesla Roadster will be made from 99% recycled materials and certified CarbonNeutral®. Mattel Many toy brands are striving to make their products more eco-friendly. The latest to announce environmental initiatives is Matchbox, which is launching a series of toy electric cars modeled after real vehicles.

The race to net-zero is on. This is how we can cross the finish line

Nature underpins our global economy, generating approximately $44 trillion of global economic value. Nature can play a fundamental role in achieving net-zero, with the capacity to deliver one third of cost-effective solutions to climate change. Delivering a sustainable net-zero future for land use will require a coordinated transformation.

Is Soda Pop Sustainable?

Everybody knows that soda pop has no redeeming nutritional qualities . It contributes to weight gain, diabetes, damages multiple internal organs, and contains harmful chemical ingredients . Diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners that may be as unhealthy as sugar. But let's face it, nobody is giving up their fizzy drinks because of science.

Packaging Myths: Don't Believe Everything on Product Labels

Recycling is the most basic environmental action, but it's not as simple as you think. We're still much better at recycling packaging than products, but packaging is all wrapped up in marketing, and that can generate a lot of confusion. That's a problem because 55% of consumers rely on packaging labels to determine recyclability.

How most life on Earth is dependent on fungi - including you

Earth teems with fungi. Throughout forests, jungles, grasslands, and deserts; in puddles, at lakeshores, and on the ocean floor; between cracks in stone and on the peaks of mountains; in all climates and on every continent. Fungi can be found as easily during a walk in rain-soaked woods as in the produce aisle, or simply by jabbing a finger into healthy soil.

This small change to farming could reduce agriculture's climate impact by 30%

Undisturbed soils release less CO₂ to the atmosphere. Agriculture accounts for 26% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Tractor fuel, fertiliser and methane from cattle are some of the main contributing factors. Tilling soil by breaking it up with ploughs also exposes carbon buried in the soil to oxygen in the air, allowing microbes to convert it to CO₂.

Video games get serious about climate change

From Sims Eco Lifestyle to Minecraft Climate City, environmental issues are becoming a popular theme in video games. But can the industry deliver on its own green message? Beyond Blue is an adventure video game based on insights from real-life marine scientists Dressed in a futuristic wetsuit that enables her to stay submerged for hours, diver and scientist Mirai is trying to discover secrets of the deep in the Western Pacific.

Finding A Hobby That Is Good For The Environment

We all want a hobby at some point. We want something to do when we are bored, we want something that we can do on a regular basis. The only thing is that there are so many hobbies out there, so how are you supposed to choose just one?

Google Doodle celebrates Earth Day 2021 highlighting the importance of planting trees

The theme for this year's Earth Day is "Restore Our Earth" which focuses on natural processes and emerging green technologies that can restore the world's ecosystems On the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, Google has come up with an animated video doodle highlighting the importance of planting seeds for a brighter and greener future.

How To Lower Your Carbon Footprint With The Foods You Eat (And Don't Eat)

The-Tor via Getty Images Greenhouse gases - water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, nitrous oxide and chlorofluorocarbons - are causing the Earth to get warmer, thus leading to more natural disasters, health issues and food supply disruptions.

How Plant 'Vaccines' Could Save Us From a World Without Fruit

An orange tree in Florida, where citrus crops are at risk of various plant-targeting diseases. (Credit: Karen Grigoryan/Shutterstock) A future where chocolate, wine and oranges can be afforded only by the wealthy certainly feels dystopian.But it could be a reality if some of our favorite crops succumb to plant diseases - a reality that is already taking shape in some parts of the world.

This White Paint Could Help Fight the Climate Crisis

Xiulin Ruan, a Purdue University professor of mechanical engineering, holds up his lab's sample of the whitest paint on record. Purdue University / Jared Pike Scientists at the University of Purdue have developed the whitest and coolest paint on record. Painting buildings white to help cool down cities has long been touted as a climate solution .

Pandemic made 2020 'the year of the quiet ocean', say scientists

The Covid-19 lockdown has produced the quietest year for the world's oceans in recent memory, according to a group of scientists working on a global map of underwater soundscapes. Noise pollution from ship engines, trawling activities, oil platforms, subsea mining and other human sources declined significantly last spring, say the researchers, who are part of a collaborative network of 231 non-military hydrophones.

Legumes research gets flexitarian pulses racing with farming guidance

Adding the likes of peas, lentils, beans, and chickpeas to your diet, and farming more of them, could result in more nutritious and effective food production with large environmental benefits, scientists have found. Researchers calculated a "nutritional density" unit for different types of crops.

National Geographic Earth Day Series Provides a Rare Glimpse Into Whale Culture

"Secrets of the Whales" is a new series that will start streaming on Disney+ on Earth Day. Disney+ In celebration of Earth Day, a star-studded cast is giving fans a rare glimpse into the secret lives of some of the planet's most majestic animals: whales .

Sun in a Box: The Liquid That Stores Solar Energy for Two Decades

Solar power is considered one of the most promising alternatives to fossil fuel. However, in order to embrace this sustainable energy entirely, there are still challenges we need to overcome - one of which is the long-term storage of solar energy. Storage is vital to ensuring we have access to power even when the sun isn't shining.

Calling All Volunteers for The Great Global Cleanup 2021

Our planet's waterways, green spaces, and communities and are overflowing with litter . The problem is bigger than any individual can handle; it requires a global effort. You can help by participating in the Great Global Cleanup 2021. Plastic and other types of pollution challenge every community every day.

Old Samsung Galaxy phones are recycled into medical devices

The smartphone captured images, and the Galaxy device used artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse images for ophthalmic diseases. | Photo Credit: Samsung says the recycling initiative diverts e-waste from landfills to units making medical devices for underserved communities (Subscribe to our Today's Cache newsletter for a quick snapshot of top 5 tech stories.

How affordable clean energy solutions can tackle energy poverty

As the energy industry makes the transition to clean energy it must consider costs for end users. Transition to clean energy must also tackle energy poverty around the world. Infrastructure investment needed to support this transition is beyond the reach of many countries.

Two new species of endangered screech owls identified from Brazil

Two new species of tiny screech owls from the Amazon and Atlantic rainforests in Brazil have been described by science. Prior to the discovery, the new owl species were grouped together with two other South American species, but by closely examining their calls, DNA, and appearance, scientists determined that there were enough differences to classify two new species.

Full circle: How corals survive on the waste of their predators

Coral-eating predators are typically thought of as being damaging to reef structures. Coral predator faeces is packed with nutrients that coral reefs depend on for survival, according to a new study. Coral-eating predators are typically thought of as being damaging to reef structures.

Could Floating Gardens Protect Flood-Prone Communities in Bangladesh?

A farmer collects guava from his garden to sell in a local market in Pirojpur, Bangladesh. NurPhoto / NurPhoto via Getty Images In flood-prone regions of Bangladesh, farmers and their families utilize a centuries-old tradition to reduce their vulnerability to climate change .

China's appetite for meat fades as vegan revolution takes hold

The window of a KFC in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou hosts the image of a familiar mound of golden nuggets. But this overflowing bucket sporting Colonel Sanders' smiling face is slightly different. The bucket is green and the nuggets within it are completely meat free.

Hong Kong's fragile coral reefs boosted by 3D printing

Children form a reef fish on a beach in Hong Kong on April 23, 2015 | Photo Credit: Repopulating a dead or damaged reef requires suitable ground for the remaining coral larvae to latch onto and build a new home - and the printed tiles have so far proven dependable.

Coles shuns coal: supermarket giant vows to source all its electricity from renewables by 2025

The supermarket giant Coles has pledged to source all its electricity from renewable sources across its brands by 2025 after signing another agreement to buy clean power from a Victorian windfarm. The move means all three of Australia's major supermarkets, including Woolworths and Aldi , will be sourcing all their electricity from renewables by 2025 at the latest.

The Possible Meat: A Brazilian farmer shows ranching can regenerate the Cerrado

Matheus Sborgia, a Brazilian chef, decided to bet on regenerative agriculture after inheriting his grandfather's cattle ranch in the heart of the Cerrado. Sborgia embraced the idea of holistic management and rotational grazing preached by Allan Savory, a Zimbabwean ecologist who became famous for his provocative idea that to save the planet from climate change, instead of reducing livestock farming, we would have to increase it.

Pig in clover: how the world's smallest wild hog was saved from extinction

The greyish brown pygmy hog ( Porcula salvania ), with its sparse hair and a streamlined body that is about the size of a cat's, is the smallest wild pig in the world, and also one of its rarest, appearing on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list as endangered.

Volvo is planning to go fully electric by 2030

Volvo's new electric car Volvo C40 Recharge is part of the company's electric vehicle family, which they plan to extend. The Chinese-owned company Volvo has said its entire car lineup will be fully electric by 2030. Volvo has said that 50% of its global sales should be fully-electric cars by 2025 and the other half hybrid models.

One Tasmanian's 54-year obsession to catalogue all of the world's edible plants to end malnutrition

Agricultural scientist Bruce French has been cataloguing food plants for five decades. When agricultural scientist Bruce French was teaching agriculture in Papua New Guinea, his students had a strong message for him. They were sick of being taught about western plants and wanted to learn more about their native produce.

Tiny Urban Forests Are Popping Up on Brownfield Sites Across the Globe

Reforestation projects are key in collective efforts to revive biodiversity and limit the global temperature increase to 1.5°C. It is estimated that by 2050, newly created or restored forests could remove up to 10 gigatons of CO 2 from the atmosphere.

More companies shift to the green business model

Ethical and moral sustainability has been at the forefront of our awareness and understanding in recent years. The more aware and understanding we have become surrounding the important role of ethical and moral sustainability in ensuring a healthy and sustainable future for us, other species, and the planet, the more driven we have become to ensure that we are always working towards making that type of future a reality.

Kenyan recycles plastic waste into bricks stronger than concrete

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Nzambi Matee hurls a brick hard against a school footpath constructed from bricks made of recycled plastic that her factory turns out in the Kenyan capital. It makes a loud bang, but does not crack.

Puppies in Patagonia Will Grow Up To Protect Pumas

The puppies will grow up alongside the livestock they will one day protect. WCS Argentina A new litter of livestock dogs was just delivered by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Argentina. Currently cuddly and very cute, the puppies will be specially trained to protect goats and sheep from predators.

Renewables firm dishes out free EV chargers with solar and energy efficiency projects. Will this propel the energy transition in cities?

Experts say strategically distributing charging stations is key to driving EV adoption in Singapore. Image: Pixabay With Singapore's electric vehicle (EV) charging scene getting more crowded, the newest entrant to the market has come up with an offer to entice private condominium and commercial and industrial building owners.

World's 'Longest Animal' Discovered in Australia's Deep Ocean

Underwater explorers have videoed a strange and record-breaking organism in a deep ocean canyon off Australia. The string-like creature, which was introduced to the internet by the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) on Twitter April 6, is estimated to have an outer ring 154 feet long - the size of an 11-story building - and a possible total length of more than 390 feet, Newsweek reported .

Australia's electricity predicted to be cheaper in 2023, helped by green power and lower gas prices

Electricity for consumers will be cheaper in 2023 as new generation capacity enters the power grid, including 1,667 megawatts of solar and 2,580 megawatts of wind, the Australian Energy Market Commission said. The AEMC's annual price assessment projected that power prices would decrease until 2021-22 and then potentially increase during 2022-23.

Plug Power Raises $1.5B to Tap Into Green Hydrogen Economy in Asia

Plug Power's partnership with SK Group will offer entry into Asian markets for green hydrogen for transport and power. (Credit: Plug Power) That also includes South Korea, whose 2019 " hydrogen economy " plan calls for 15 gigawatts of fuel cell production capacity by 2030 and for the country to become the world's top maker of hydrogen-powered cars by decade's end, with the commensurate refueling infrastructure to support their domestic use.

India Is Building the World's Largest Hybrid Renewable Energy 'Megapark'

India is setting its foundations for what it deems will be the world's largest hybrid renewable energy park. The megapark is set to produce a whopping 30 gigawatts of electricity, reported Agence France Presse (AFP). The country's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, laid the first foundation stone on Tuesday last week.

Chinese Factories Want to Make Climate-Friendly Air Conditioners. A US Company Is Blocking Them

Restrictive safety standards in the U.S. and elsewhere have limited production of propane based air conditioners to just 1 percent of total capacity from 18 assembly lines across China that were retooled to use propane with money from the United Nations.

Carbon net-zero design for Delhi Noida International Airport revealed

Architecture firms Nordic Office of Architecture , Grimshaw , Haptic and consultants STUP have won the competition to design a carbon-neutral terminal for Delhi Noida International Airport in India . Delhi Noida International Airport will be built in Jewar, 25 miles south of Delhi, by developer Zurich Airport International.

'Immense' potential of renewable energy could propel Australia to net zero 2050 target

Australia could become a carbon neutral economy by 2050 thanks to an abundance of cheap solar and wind energy but will need a more ambitious 2030 climate target to get there, according to a report from international climate policy experts.

India to 'exceed expectations' on climate: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses Climate Action Summit (CAS), on December 12, 2020. Twitter/@narendramodi 21% reduction in emissions, Modi tells Climate Action Summit India was not only on track to fulfilling its climate commitments but would go further, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the Climate Action Summit (CAS) on Saturday.

In Ghana, an Activist Forms a Coalition Against Coal

Goldman Environmental Prize recipient Chibeze Ezekiel helped block a coal-fired power plant To fight the establishment, sometimes a stealth attack is in order. Chibeze Ezekiel, an environmentalist in Accra, the capital of Ghana, deployed what he calls a "submarine approach" to thwart plans for a massive coal-fired plant.

Coral Reefs Are Still Growing Atolls Despite Sea Level Rise

Ailinglaplap Atoll, of which Jeh Island forms a part. Reinhard Dirscherl / The Image Bank / Getty Images Sea level rise caused by the climate crisis is considered a major threat to low-lying Pacific atolls. Despite this, however, some of these islands are actually growing. Now, a recent study published in Geophysical Research Letters Nov.

Herd opportunity: Hundreds of elephants return to DRC's Virunga

A group of about 580 savanna elephants recently returned to Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after crossing over from Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. The reappearance of the elephants brings hope to a park that's been beset with civil unrest, violence, and poaching for decades.

Gayam Motor Works & Sokowatch Launch East Africa's First Commercial Electric Tuk-Tuks

There are more than 10 million informal shops in African cities. These are known as Spaza Shops in South Africa, Dukas in Tanzania, Tuck Shops in Zimbabwe, and Kiosks in Kenya. These shops sell over $180 billion worth of goods every year.

World's Most Remote Island Creates Largest Atlantic Ocean Sanctuary

In the South Atlantic Ocean, a tiny island of 250 people has made a significant contribution to global marine conservation by protecting a huge swath of ocean under its control. To reach Tristan da Cunha, a UK overseas territory, one must make a seven-day boat trip from South Africa, reported National Geographic .

A Philippine community sees life-saving payoffs from restoring its mangroves

For more than 30 years, a community in the central Philippines has been actively involved in reforesting and protecting a mangrove site, which has expanded from 50 hectares to 220 hectares (124 acres to 544 acres). Their efforts have resulted in the successful transformation of a once-barren mudflat into one of the few remaining large patches of mangrove forests in the country.

New Zealand couple shuns developers to give 900 hectares of land to nation

A New Zealand farming family has gifted 900 hectares of pristine land by the edge of Lake Wakatipu to the crown, saying it is "the right thing to do". The stretch of land at the foot of the Remarkables range will become open to everyone in 2022, after being handed over to the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust for "the benefit and enjoyment of all New Zealanders".

Australian researchers find native grasses could be grown for mass consumption

Native grasses could be grown for mass consumption, a one-year feasibility study has found, after researchers tested 15 different species "from paddock to plate" in north-west New South Wales . Native millet, or panicum, turned out to be the best all-rounder: easy to grow and harvest, easy to turn into flour and "significantly more nutritious" than wheat, lead researcher Dr Angela Pattison from the University of Sydney said.

Study shows Latin America twice as rich in plant species as tropical Africa

Chalybea brevipedunculata from the remote Cordillera del Cóndor in Eastern Ecuador. Credit: David Neill Latin America is more than twice as rich in plant species as tropical Africa and is home to a third of the world's biodiversity, a new paper published today in Science Advances confirms. While it has long been understood that Latin America is richer in plant species than tropical Africa, the paper quantifies that difference for the first time by providing a precise number of vascular plant species in the Afrotropical Region and Latin America.

Green shipping will revolutionise shipping industry in Asia

green shipping Moving towards more environmentally friendly ― or green shipping ― is necessary. However, it is a formidable challenge, especially in our continent Asia, which accounts for the bulk of global shipping and port operations. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions ― and other negative externalities of the shipping activities.