- 4 Ways that Farmers Can Be More Eco-Conscious (for the Land and for Themselves)
- Harbour Air to add zero-emission electric plane; aims to convert whole fleet
- For A Healthier Planet, Eat These 50 Foods, Campaign Urges
- ‘Erin Brockovich of Slovakia’ Becomes Slovakia’s First Female President
- Renewables ‘have won the race’ against coal and are starting to beat natural gas
1) 4 Ways that Farmers Can Be More Eco-Conscious (for the Land and for Themselves)
In the face of growing global threats like climate change and mass extinction, we need to make sure that we are doing everything that we can to take care of the planet. At the end of the day, a healthy planet means a healthier and more thriving human race. There are many things that you can do in your day to day life to live greener, such as recycling, using public transport, reducing your use of single-use plastics, and more. Why we should be more eco-conscious? But as a society, we need to start thinking about how all types of industries and professions impact the environment. One of the most important professions this affects is farmers . If you are a farmer, you know how important the land around you is and how you need to protect it. Moving into the future of environmental protection, one of the best things to do is to become environmentally conscious. Read on to learn about 4 things you can do to make your farming practices more environmentally friendly for your land and for yourself.
2) Harbour Air to add zero-emission electric plane; aims to convert whole fleet
A transition from seaplane to e-plane is set to begin. Harbour Air is embarking on what is believed to be a world first, adding an electric plane to its fleet — a zero-emission aircraft powered by a 750-horsepower electric motor. The company has 42 planes and 12 routes, and operates from centres such as Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle. It is North America’s largest seaplane airline, serving 500,000 passengers on 30,000 commercial flights every year. “The intent is to eventually convert the whole fleet,” said Harbour Air founder and CEO Greg McDougall of the move to electric planes. “It would be a staged situation because the range of the [electric] aircraft presently, with the present battery capacity, would be around a half an hour with a half-an-hour reserve. “But that’s changing very rapidly with the development of the battery technology.” The first plane to be converted will be the six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver, which is used throughout the Harbour Air network.
3) For A Healthier Planet, Eat These 50 Foods, Campaign Urges
Just three crops — wheat, corn and rice — make up nearly 60 percent of the plant-based calories in most diets, according to a new report. Above, a farmer inspects a plant in her dry maize field on March 13 in Zimbabwe. Why would a wildlife conservation organization be involved in a campaign to push people to diversify their diets? As it turns out, the way we humans eat is very much linked to preserving wildlife — and many other issues. This was the topic at a recent conference in Paris where the World Wildlife Fund and Knorr foods teamed up to launch their campaign and report, titled ” Future 50 Foods: 50 Foods for Healthier People and a Healthier Planet .” The WWF’s David Edwards says that there has been a 60 percent decline in wildlife populations since 1970 and that working to protect animals is no longer enough to save them.
4) ‘Erin Brockovich of Slovakia’ Becomes Slovakia’s First Female President
Zuzana Caputova, a lawyer and environmental activist whose campaign against a toxic waste dump earned her the nickname the “Erin Brockovich of Slovakia,” was elected the country’s first female president on Saturday, NPR reported . Caputova won the prestigious Goldman Environmental prize for her 14-year-fight against the dump, which was ruled illegal in 2013. She said the battle taught her how institutions functioned and could be manipulated, how to withstand personal attacks and that society could be improved, The New York Times reported . “I am an optimist,” she said, according to The New York Times. “Someone who believes and hopes that change is possible.” Positive change was the focus of Caputova’s campaign.
5) Renewables ‘have won the race’ against coal and are starting to beat natural gas
The rapidly dropping cost of renewable energy has upended energy economics in recent years, with new solar and wind plants now significantly cheaper than coal power. But new research shows another major change is afoot: The cost of batteries has been declining so unexpectedly rapidly that renewables plus battery storage are now cheaper than even natural gas plants in many applications, according to a report released this week by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) . BNEF analyzed pricing data from almost 7,000 power projects in 46 countries that span 20 energy technologies, including coal, gas, nuclear, battery storage, solar photovoltaics (PV), and wind. They report that electricity prices “for onshore wind, solar PV and offshore wind have fallen by 49 percent, 84 percent and 56 percent respectively since 2010.”