- Agriculture survey finds urban farming a hot commodity in Utah
- Photographer And His Wife Plant 2 Million Trees In 20 Years To Restore A Destroyed Forest And Even The Animals Have Returned
- Finally, Canada is global example for climate action
- Green Mountain Power Plans 100% Renewables By 2030 With Help From Tesla
- This Entrepreneur Is Installing Solar Power Projects In Oil Country
1) Agriculture survey finds urban farming a hot commodity in Utah
The co-owners of an urban farming enterprise grow fresh vegetables, leafy greens and all sorts of herbs on 10 parcels of land around the Salt Lake Valley, working out cooperative agreements with the landowners so they can sell to farmers markets and restaurants. Tyler Montague and Holiday Dalgleish, junior high school buddies who are now in their 30s, say their business — Keep It Real Vegetables — demands their time and sweat, but they love it. “Honestly, it’s a personal passion,” Montague said. “I was spending all my time and money in this ‘hobby’ I loved, so I decided to figure out how to make a living at it.” Garlic grows on a small lot in Millcreek on Friday, April 12, 2019. Tyler Montague and Holiday Dalgleish co-own Keep It Real Vegetables, an urban farming enterprise that grows fresh vegetables, leafy greens and all sorts of herbs on 10 parcels of land around the Salt Lake Valley.
2) Photographer And His Wife Plant 2 Million Trees In 20 Years To Restore A Destroyed Forest And Even The Animals Have Returned
According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization , 129 million hectares of forest, an area almost equivalent in size to South Africa, have been lost from the Earth forever since 1990. An area roughly the size of the country of Panama is being lost each and every year. With some 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions come from deforestation, and countless species of plants and animals losing their habitats every single day, these are absolutely devastating figures for the health of our planet, and it simply cannot be allowed to continue. But what to do in the face of such massive environmental carnage? It can make the individual feel small and helpless, as we ponder the impact that we can actually make. Will anything that we do make the slightest bit of difference? Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado and his wife Lélia Deluiz Wanick Salgado decided to show what a small group of passionate, dedicated people can do by turning deforestation on its head, and begin the process of reforestation. Because really, Mother Nature is a hardy soul that will always find a way to bounce back, given the right conditions.
3) Finally, Canada is global example for climate action
The government’s phased closure of coal plants is crucial to climate-policy experts who know that humanity must eliminate coal-fired power, first in rich countries and soon after in developing countries. To advance this global objective, the Canadian government has leveraged its policy leadership by co-founding with Britain the Powering Past Coal Alliance, a growing force of jurisdictions committed to phasing out coal. My counterparts in China and India already notice the influence on their own countries’ policies.
Global success depends, however, on co-ordinating electricity decarbonization with increasing its use in vehicles, buildings and industry. Our government understands this. In addition to its carbon tax, its clean fuel standard will accelerate the switch in transportation from gasoline and diesel to electricity and sustainably-produced biofuels.
Experts around the world are studying this policy, which comes fully into force in two years – if the government is re-elected.
4) Green Mountain Power Plans 100% Renewables By 2030 With Help From Tesla
Green Mountain Power, which serves nearly ¾ of all utility customers in Vermont, is ramping up its plans to use only renewable power by 2030. The company has been a leader among US utilities when it comes to addressing the emissions created by generating electricity by conventional means. Starting in 2017, it offered many of its customers the option of installing a Tesla Powerwall residential battery for just $30 a month. One installed, the batteries were networked to act as distributed grid storage for the company. During a heat wave last summer that saw a spike in energy demand, the company was able to draw on the electricity stored in all those batteries to meet peak demand. It says it was able to save $500,000 in the process because it did not have to purchase more expensive electricity from peaker plants. Now Green Mountain Power says it wants to accelerate its move to 100% renewable energy so that it gets to zero emissions no later than 2030.
5) This Entrepreneur Is Installing Solar Power Projects In Oil Country
From Standing Rock to Trans Mountain, it is now, sadly, an all-too-familiar image: large groups of outraged, despondent Indigenous protestors united against yet another pipeline that threatens their land and water. But a story that gets a lot less exposure—and one that offers a lot more hope—is that of the dozens of Indigenous communities building alternatives to those pipelines.
In 2017, about one-fifth of the renewable energy projects in Canada were owned and operated by Indigenous communities, generating both clean power and jobs. This September, many of those projects will be the subject of a new 13-part documentary series called Power to the People, airing on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. The host of the series is Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation, a former Greenpeace Canada climate campaigner and, most recently, a Climate Change Fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation.