The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for August 1, 2022

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This week we have two guest posts. The first is by the team at Lightbeam who talk about celebrity makeup artist Campbell Ritchie’s new film about her commitment to the environment in the beauty industry. The second is a guest post by Sharon Michelle, MsC Psychology, who talks about how courts can positively influence climate action. We also have stories about Africa’s solar energy output, a sand battery, a line of sustainable cocktails, Europe’s high speed rail, and gravity batteries.

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No Compromise 

Guest Post by: Lightbeama story-telling platform 

Celebrity makeup artist Campbell Ritchie is proof that we don’t need to compromise our values, our skin’s health, or the planet to feel beautiful. She is so unwilling to sell out that she’s lost lucrative deals but she doesn’t carry an ounce of regret.

Ritchie is a former model who went on to develop her gift for makeup artistry, working with top models and celebrities such as Kate MossDevon AkoiNaomi Watts, and Angela Lansbury. She is on a mission to enlighten others about the wastefulness and toxicity of her industry, as well as introducing her dedicated followers to nourishing alternatives. She has made it a non-negotiable to stock her makeup box only with products from the most environmentally conscious brands packed with natural ingredients…[read more].

The Law is a Tool?

Guest Post by: Sharon Michelle, MSc Psychology

I believe in fairness and generally respect the law as I’ve always believed it is there to protect us from harm especially for the most vulnerable among us. In most countries the Law brings justice to offenders who have hurt others. It’s never a perfect system but it’s always being improved for the greater good. Recently my faith in the Justice system is a little shaken as a result of the laws in the UK being tightened to fight against Climate change protesters, when instead we desperately need it’s assistance to enforce widespread change that’s needed to deal with the threat of climate change that the whole planet is at risk of harm of.

My faith has been severely tested and I feel extremely unsettled by the recent U.S Supreme rulings (against improving gun laws, the shocking abortion turnaround, and environmental agency ruling)…[read more].

Happy Eco News Top 5

  1. The Future Looks Bright for Africa’s Solar Energy Output

Takeaways:

  • Africa’s average long-term practical yield of a utility-scale solar energy installation is 4.51 kWh/kWp/day.
  • This is higher than in Central, South and North America.
  • This represents an opportunity for Africa to provide affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy…[read more].

2. Sand Battery Trials Begin In Finland

Takeaways:

  • Polar Night Energy has been installed in the town of Kankaanpää and holds 100 tons of sand inside.
  • The sand is heated with excess renewable energy and later used to heat homes, factories and swimming pools.
  • The sand battery is intended to supplement district heating systems and significantly lower the amount of electricity, oil, or methane used to heat buildings…[read more].

3. Which Line of Premium Cocktails Just Went Fully Sustainable?

Takeaways:

  • Premium cocktail maker Buzzbox has made their product line more sustainable by providing a new packaging with resealable plastic screw crap that replaces the plastic straw.
  • The cap is also made with plant-based materials – plastic made with sugar cane.
  • The rest of the packaging is an entirely recyclable carton…[read more].

4. Europe Plots High Speed Rail So Fast It Could Replace Airlines

Takeaways:

  • European rail industry leaders are planning to design an expansive, high-speed railway system.
  • The new rail would connect every major city in the EU and provide a sustainable and equally efficient alternative to airplane travel.
  • They plan to triple the miles of existing European rail lines by 2050…[read more].

5. How Gravity Batteries Will Help us Switch to Renewable Energy

Takeaways:

  • A gravity battery uses the power to lift a heavy weight either high into the air or to the top of a deep shaft. Then when the power is needed, winches gradually lower the weight.
  • The benefits of a gravity battery are that it’s free, clean and easily accessible, without the complications of producing hydrogen.
  • Gravitricity is a company trying to build on the concept of pumped hydro, which involves pumping water uphill and letting it flow down when needed…[read more].

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