The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for January 31, 2022

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This week we have two blog posts. The first one is by Jean Ong from Ecolover United who tells us about how we can eat healthier and more sustainably. The second post is by authors at Because IPCC  who tell us about their graphic novel and the importance of the IPCC. We also have stories about Ed Sheeran’s attempt to rewild his home, Coca Cola’s efforts to clean up river plastic pollution, Los Angeles’ plastic asphalt, the Eiffel Tower’s new efficient cooling system, a new tiny rain frog named after Greta Thunberg.

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3 Hacks to Keep You On Track Of Your 2022 Resolution: Eat Healthier & Be More Eco Friendly

Guest Post by: Jean Ong, founder of Ecolover United

Are you getting sidetracked from your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier and also being more mindful of the planet? It can be complicated, but thankfully there are hacks that make sticking to these New Years’ Resolutions effortless. Eating healthy the sustainable way is easier than you think. You won’t turn vegan or eat a bland diet every day. You’ll still be eating the same food, except your body’s going to get healthier and you’ll be kinder to the planet. This kind of eco-activism is what I’d call food activism. When you do good through your plate, you’re good to the planet.

The truth is, choosing to eat sustainably is in itself healthy. Eating sustainably means choosing food that’s good for the planet. But the thing is, food that’s good for the planet is also inherently good for your body…[read more]

Because IPCC!: A Graphic Novel on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Guest post by: Authors at Because IPCC

On a cold winter evening, “the author” hosted a dinner party. It was a typical dinner party with acquaintances, friends, and food. The night was going well. That was until “the author” had one of the most infuriating interactions of their life. An avid climate change denier, a guest “the author” was not well acquainted with, had struck up a conversation with “the author” that began the typical way these conversations do: climate change does not exist, and here are the reasons why. The conversation quickly escalated into an argument; in which “the author”, who had been passionate about climate change their entire life, found themselves struggling to combat the arguments being brought up by the guest. The guest was relentless in his opinions and despite knowing his arguments were wrong, “the author” found that in the moment, he did not have enough information to support his own view. The night left “the author” incredibly angry, flustered, and a bit disappointed in their lack of knowledge. But it also left them determined. They made the commitment to learn as much about climate change as possible so they would never be put in that situation again…[read more].

The Happy Eco News Weekly Top 5

  1. Ed Sheeran Reveals He’s Attempting To ‘Rewild’ The U.K.

Takeaways:

  • Music star, Ed Sheeran is making a personal effort to rewild the United Kingdom.
  • He is trying to buy as much land as possible and plant as many trees as he can.
  • He has also made his home wilder by adding a beehive and a wildlife pond… [read more].
  1. Coca-Cola is Cleaning up River Plastic Pollution Worldwide

Takeaways:

  • As part of Coca-Cola’s World Without Waste project, the company and The Ocean Cleanup selected the Cần Thơ River in Cần Thơ City, Vietnam as of the river locations to tackle plastic pollution.
  • They have also invested in plant-based technologies and package-less innovations to help make their packaging 100% recyclable by 2025.
  • The company also hopes to collect and recycle every bottle and can its sells by 2030…[read more].
  1. Los Angeles is Testing ‘Plastic Asphalt’ that Makes it Possible to Recycle Roads

Takeaways:

  • In Los Angeles, the city wants to do away with paving roads with asphalt and move towards covering the road with material made from recycled bottles.
  • The city will be able to grind up the existing road and fully recycle it by using the plastic to make the pavement stronger.
  • The company, TechniSoil Industrial uses a machine that grinds up the top of the street, sends the material into the machine that will crush it, and mix it with liquid plastic…[read more].
  1. Eiffel Tower’s Cooling System Now Using Efficient Refrigerant

Takeaways:

  • The Eiffel Tower in France is using a low global warming potential refrigerant technology in its new cooling system.
  • This installation will provide the tower’s well pillar with an energy-efficient as well as a cost-effective solution that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The refrigerant used (Solstice ze) is created by Honeywell and is non-ozone-depleting… [read more].
  1. In Panama, a Tiny Rainfrog Named after Greta Thunberg Endures

Takeaways:

  • A tiny tree frog has been named after climate activist Greta Thunberg and her work which highlights the urgency of climate change.
  • The frog was found on an expedition to Panama’s Mount Chucantí, a high and isolated mountain where many unique and endemic species are found.
  • The frogs are about 3-4 centimetres long and spend a lot of their time tucked away in bromeliads, the leafy plants attached to trees…[read more].

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