The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for May 23, 2022

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This week we have a guest post by Happy Eco News’ founder Grant Brown who talks about European countries that are divesting from fossil fuels in response to the war. We also have stories about the first climate-positive city, a new hydrokinetic design turbine, Burger King’s new reusable and returnable packaging, what the world’s first floating city will look like, and Apple’s transition to the repair movement.

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Vladimir Putin, Climate Hero

By Grant Brown, Founder, Happy Eco News

There is little doubt that Vladimir Putin is a bully. He is the worst kind, a powerful, deluded bully who has surrounded himself with yes men. He is not rational nor benevolent and appears to be only interested in securing a twisted legacy within Russia. His actions have caused the deaths of thousands of peaceful innocents and untold suffering to others. He is a murderer and dictator.

And yet Putin is singlehandedly forcing the hand of European nations to do what they have been stalling on for decades. Divestment of fossil fuels.

Chancellor Merkel, long considered one of the great leaders in Western Europe, was adored and re-elected time and again. As the leader of Germany, she was a career civil servant and diplomat who gave it all to her country. Her legacy will live on for a long time, but now her legacy is marred by an uneasy alliance with Putin and Russian fossil fuels…[read more].

The Happy Eco News Weekly Top 5

  1. First Climate-Positive, Net-Zero City in the World

Takeaways:

  • Nexgen in Egypt is a sustainable city that will become the world’s first net-zero city that produces more energy and food than it consumes.
  • The city will have solar atmospheric water generators that will produce clean drinking water from the air.
  • The city will also be an important spot for tourism and will include a five-star eco-resort, glamping facilities, an eco-tourism visitor center and a nature reserve for land conservation and biodiversity…[read more].

2. A New Tidal Turbine Generates as Much Power as 12 Solar Panels

Takeaways:

  • Idenergie has designed a new hydrokinetic design turbine that harnesses power from flowing water and converts it to electricity.
  • A turbine placed in water flow can generate power continuously, day or night.
  • The turbine can be customized to suit the conditions of the water body, including installation in shallow depths…[read more].

3. Burger King UK Becomes First Fast Food Company to Trial Reusable Packaging

Takeaways:

  • Burger King in the UK announced that they will begin trail of reusable and returnable packaging.
  • Customers will have the choice of 10 Burger King products that come in reusable packaging.
  • Customers will pay a $1.26 deposit and will receive their deposit back through their app once the containers are placed in the Loop bins outside the trial restaurants…[read more].

4. This is What the World’s First Floating City Will Look Like

Takeaways:

  • In response to rising sea levels, South Korea is set to start building its floating city in 2023.
  • The city will have six integrated systems (including, energy, food, and water) to ensure the floating city reuses and wastes as little as possible.
  • Floating and rooftop photovoltaic panels will generate 100% of the operational energy needed for the city…[read more].

5. For More Than a Decade, Apple Has Made it Difficult for Customers to Replace a Battery or a Screen. Now it’s Selling Repair Parts to Everyone 

Takeaways:

  • After thirteen years since Apple put proprietary screws on iPhones and MacBooks, the company has relented to the rights to repair movement.
  • Anyone can buy genuine Apple parts and tools from a website called the Self Service Repair Store.
  • This is one step closer to offering customers the ability to fix the things that they own…[read more].

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