Hopeful Stories

No straw, please!

I love the following stories of businesses, people, and governments doing the right thing for our Earth. These stories give me hope, and I hope they inspire you, too. Click on the links to read more of the articles.

** California will require solar on all new homes!

** Fabulous news on the plastic pollution front:

      * The Chicago White Socks baseball team ban straws!

     * The United Kingdom becomes the first country to ban straws, and wet-wipes

      * The island of Vanuatu bans plastic

** James Shaw Jr. stopped the gunman, and then raised funds for the victims!

**Michael Bloomberg, donates 4.5 million for the Paris Climate Agreement!

** Some really good business news…. General Mills is growing crops for their organic products that are organic, help the soil, and don’t harm water,  regenerative agriculture.

 

** And more good agricultural news, the European Union has banned neonicotinoids which are so harmful to our bees and butterflies!

Hope for wildlife

Regenerative Agriculture. Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services

 

Five Stories to Brighten Your Day

I am craving good news, and am constantly looking for good news stories. Please send me good news stories you have. Solar power dominates the good news, but wind energy and Ashley Biden are heroes also.

1 Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn have donated land to solar-power Plains, Georgia    Show sharing options

2. China doubled their solar power in 2016. They now have more solar power than any other nation. Read about it here.

3. Ashley Biden, daughter of Vice President Joe Biden, Has her own made in the USA clothing line and donates the profits!

4. Another fun story at Texas A&M.  Texas A&M’s bike lane glows due to a solar luminescent paint. It soaks up the sun’s rays during the day and emits light when it gets dark. The lane is also the nation’s first to receive the Federal Highway Administration’s approval for the green coating it used.

5. Wind energy breaks a record.  On February 12, a wind power record was broken for the Southwest Power Pool, states from Montana to Louisiana. Over 52% of the electricity for fourteen states was generated by wind power. The entire story: wind power

Increasing the Efficiency of Wind Turbine Blades

Please send me other stories of things that are making the world a better place. Thank you.

This is my occasional series on good news.

 

 

My Four Thoughts of Hope

The sun sets on 2015
The sun sets on 2015
 
 

2015 has been a good year for some environmental initiatives. While there is still a long way to go.  I have four stories from 2015 that create hope for the future of our planet.

  1. Microbeads: Congress passed and President Obama signed legislation banning microbeads from products. This is huge for our lakes, streams and oceans!  http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/12/obama_signs_ban_on_microbead_p.html
  2. Renewable Energy:  I have been thrilled many times this year as I read about new solar installations. Both wind and solar have entered the big leagues of energy. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/12/24/why-2015-may-be-remembered-as-a-transformative-year-for-how-we-get-energy/
  3. GMOs: Large manufacturers are starting to reject GMO ingredients.  While so far it might be just talk, it is a big change, thanks to the voice of the consumer! http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-food-gmo-analysis-idUSBREA1H1G420140218
  4. Paris Climate Agreement: Thanks to President Obama, President Hollande and the French negotiators we have an incredible beginning to deal with climate change. http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/13/npr-2-degrees-100-billion-the-world-climate-agreement-by-the-numbers

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Global Heat Record

the first two months of 2015 were the hottest on record globally. One place was a cold peninsula??
The first two months of 2015 were the hottest on record globally. One place was a cold peninsula??

We are one day passed global earth hour sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund. Even if you could not participate, I hope you will think of ways to reduce the electricity you use. Working together to cut our use of fossil fuels(Most of our electricity comes from coal) can make a difference!

Like it or not the paradigm is changing. Some news from the week:

http://www.startribune.com/business/297835841.html An Industry That Moves With The Wind

http://www.startribune.com/business/297894931.html  Solar, Not in my Backyard

http://ecowatch.com/2015/03/20/republicans-support-renewable-energy/

http://www.texastribune.org/2015/03/18/georgetown-goes-all-renewable-energy/

https://health4earth.com/easy-things-you-can-do-to-help-stop-climate-change/

http://www.worldwildlife.org/