The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for April 25, 2022

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This week we have a guest post by Jape Piper, a writer and environmentalist who gives us easy tips for creating a healthy ecosystem in our garden. We also have stories about solar panels that can generate electricity at night, artificial glaciers that can combat climate change, landfill waste being used to conduct electricity, the countries best prepared for a green future, and reducing air pollution by how we dry our laundry.

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Easy Tips to Create a Thriving Ecosystem in Your Garden

Guest Post by: Jade Piper, writer and environmentalist

Fighting for the environment’s future can seem bleak and a lost cause at times, with climate change, the prevalence of deforestation, and the rampant pollution of almost anything we can think of.

But believe it or not, creating a healthy and thriving ecosystem in your garden is one of the easiest ways to help the environment. So even if you only have a tiny backyard garden at home, know that every little effort you make makes a difference.

This article shares five impactful but straightforward ways to achieve an eco-friendly garden that’s also kinder to our planet. So keep on reading to learn everything you need to know!…[read more].

The Happy Eco News Weekly Top 5

  1. Solar Panels That Can Generate Electricity at Night Have Been Developed at Stanford


  • Engineers at Stanford University have developed a solar cell that can generate electricity at night.
  • The device they created incorporates a thermoelectric generator which can pull electricity from the difference in temperature between the ambient air and the solar cell.
  • “Our approach can provide nighttime standby lighting and power in off-grid and mini-grid applications, where [solar] cell installations are gaining popularity,” said the engineers…[read more].

2. Ice Stupas: The Artificial Glaciers Helping Combat the Effects of Climate Change


  • Ice stupas are an innovative solution to tackling water shortages that are caused by drought in the summer months and can help combat the effects of climate change.
  • Engineers have developed a way to freeze and store winter fresh water which can be accessed throughout the year.
  • The water is essential for farmers during the spring planting season…[read more].

3. Saving The Planet, One Landfill At A Time


  • In Queensland, methane is captured by old landfills, tips and dumps where is it burned on site or fed into an engine that is used to create dispatchable electricity.
  •  Future plans include hybrid systems of landfill methane, with internal combustion engine generators, batteries, and solar.
  • While it is not the best solution, it is said that burning methane (or combusting) converts it into carbon dioxide which is 28 times less damaging than the methane itself…[read more].

4. These are the Countries Best Prepared for a Green Future


  • Europe has 16 countries in the top 20 of the Green Future Index 2022.
  • The index measures how countries are reducing their carbon emissions, developing clean energy and innovating in green sectors.
  • Iceland holds the number one spot as it generated more electricity from renewable sources than it consumed…[read more].

5. Reducing Air Pollution by Changing the Way We Dry Our Laundry


  • Researchers from Northumbria University have found that tumble drying laundry can release almost the same amount of harmful microfibres as those released during the washing cycle.
  • The use of fabric conditioners and tumble dryers could reduce these microfibres.
  • They also found that lint filters with smaller pores would trap larger masses and reduce the amount of microfibres released into the air…[read more].

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