The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for June 13, 2022

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This week, we have a guest post by Issa Ludunge Jospin, Researcher Assistant at the Geothermal Research Center/DR Congo who tells us how The Democratic Republic of Congo could benefit from geothermal energy. We also have stories about switching from coal to renewable energy, the US’ shift away from beef, glowworms being released in Southern England, an underwater greenhouse, and the largest ever photo database of Amazon wildlife.

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Geothermal Energy: The Democratic Republic of Congo Towards an Energy Transition?

Guest Post by: Issa Ludunge Jospin, Researcher Assistant at the Geothermal Research Center/DR Congo

The importance of diversification in energy supply has been highlighted since the 1970s following the energy crisis. This has led nations to invest in the search for exploitable energies to overcome this problem.

However, following the damage to the environment caused by the use of less clean energies, the general trend these days is to favour renewable energies in order to mitigate the degradation of the environment having a direct impact on global warming.

Geothermal energy is likely to contribute more or less significantly depending on resources and demand.

Geothermal energy designates not only the thermal phenomena occurring inside the terrestrial globe, but also the science that studies these thermal phenomena as well as the source of energy that they represent…[read more].

The Happy Eco News Weekly Top 5

  1. It’s Now Cheaper to Switch From Coal to Renewables Instead of Coal to Gas, Report Shows

Takeaways:

  • Thanks to the falling cost of renewables and battery storage along with the rise in gas prices, it is now cheaper to switch from coal to clean energy.
  • The global average cost of switching from coal to renewable energy has plunged by 99% since 2010.
  • The carbon price of switching from coal to clean energy has decreased to -$62 per ton of carbon dioxide emitted on average in 2022…[read more].

2. A 15-Year Snapshot of US Diets Reveals a Gradual Shift Away From Beef

Takeaways:

  • A recent study has shown a 35% decrease in dietary carbon emissions over the last 15 years.
  • The researchers found that the hat the diet-related greenhouse gas emissions of US citizens almost halved from 4 kilograms of CO2 to 2.45 kg CO2 over this time period.
  • The study found that it was only beef people consumed less of but also dairy, eggs, chicken, and pork...[read more].

3. Glowworms Bred in Captivity to be Released in Southern England

Takeaways:

  • Over 500 glowworm larvae will be released on the grounds of the Elvetham Hotel in Hampshire, UK.
  • This is part of a four-year project to revive the declining species.
  • “There is a powerful symbolism in the glowworm lights going out at a time when, ecologically, things are looking pretty grim, so we think this is something that could become a wider movement,” said Derek Gow, ecologist and project lead…[read more].

4. A New Underwater Greenhouse Could Reveal the Future of Agriculture

Takeaways:

  • Nemo’s Garden in Italy is the world’s first and only underwater greenhouse.
  • The clear domes use the ocean’s environmental qualities like temperature stability, CO2 absorption and natural pest control to grow fresh produce.
  • Over a hundred different plants have been grown in this underwater greenhouse, ranging from medicinal and aromatic herbs to food like strawberries and salad…[read more].

5. Researchers Compile Largest-Ever Photo Database of Amazon Wildlife

Takeaways:

  • In the first study to compile standardized camera trap images from across the Amazon, researchers have compiled more than 154 000 images.
  • They have recorded 317 species of birds, mammals and reptiles across Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.
  • This data will help with new studies on forest fragmentation habitat loss and climate change…[read more].

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