The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for June 6, 2022

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This week we have a guest post by Kirstynn Joseph, the co-host of The Anthropo Scene Podcast who tells us what a bee hotel is and how we can build one at home. We also have stories about the rise of renewable energy, Europe’s largest floating solar farm, a green deal for the last coal plant in Mississippi, the cancellation of three offshore drilling sites, and how to build a garden that devours carbon.

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How Building a Bee Hotel Can Help Protect Your Local Pollinators

Guest Post by: Kirstynn Joseph, co-host of The Anthropo Scene Podcast

May 20th was World Bee Day – initiated by the UN in 2018 to bring awareness to the importance of these hard working, and incredibly essential pollinators – and for many of us who attended (or tuned in to) various events worldwide it came with some frightening tales of doom and gloom about the reduction of pollinators and other insects around the world. However, a glimmer of hope could be found in the people, as question periods rang with voices of concern, asking eagerly “what can we do to help?”

The good news is, that there are many things we can do to help our local pollinators on a small scale, in both rural and urban areas. For starters, reducing the use of pesticides and herbicides in farming and in our personal gardens will allow all kinds of pollinators to make a comeback, especially since we know that pesticides are a major factor behind the loss of pollinators[read more].

The Happy Eco News Weekly Top 5

  1. Renewable Energy is Expected to Make a Record Rise in 2022

Takeaways:

  • The International Energy Agency is forecasting significant growth in renewable energy as a result of rising concerns over climate change and energy security.
  • They forecast 320 gigawatts of renewable energy this year compared to the 295 gigawatts in 2021.
  • “Energy market developments in recent months – especially in Europe – have proven once again the essential role of renewables in improving energy security, in addition to their well-established effectiveness at reducing emissions,” said Fatih Birol, the International Energy Agency Executive Director…[read more].

2. Europe’s Largest Floating Solar Farm is Ready to Produce Power in July

Takeaways:

  • Europe’s largest floating solar farm will be ready to generate 7.5 gigawatts/hour starting in July.
  • The farm is built on Western Europe’s biggest artificial lake, the Alqueva reservoir.
  • The farm will have 12 000 solar panels and will be able to power around 1500 households…[read more].

3. A Fair Green Deal for the Last Coal Plant in Mississippi

Takeaways:

  • Red Hills Generating Facility is a 440 MW lignite coal-fired power station in Ackerman, Mississippi.
  • If this facility transitions to clean energy it can provide its stakeholders with $37 million in savings for electricity customers.
  • Additionally, they could provide $137 million to plant and mine workers, whose salaries are funded through a transition period…[read more].

4. Biden Cancels Offshore Drilling in Alaska and Gulf of Mexico

Takeaways:

  • The U.S. Department of the Interior announced that they are cancelling three offshore oil and gas drilling lease sales.
  • These projects were to take place in Alaska’s Cook Inlet and in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • This means that millions of acres of coastal waters will no longer be sold and subject to fossil fuel extraction…[read more].

5. Plant a Garden that Helps the Planet by Devouring Carbon

Takeaways:

  • The more plants a garden has, the more carbon it can hold.
  • The way to do this is by choosing a variety of native species and grasses.
  • Use natural fertilizer and try local compost and mulch…[read more].

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