The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for August 8, 2022

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This week we have a guest post by Neil Kitching, the author of Carbon Choices who tells us about his experience driving an electric car. We also have stories about Australia’s ban on conventional cars, Intel’s operations reaching net zero water, wild bison’s return to the UK, the reusable and refillable packaging trend, and Rotterdam’s green roofs.

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My Electric Vehicle Adventures 

Guest Post by: Neil Kitching, Scottish author of Carbon Choices on the Common-sense Solutions to our Climate and Nature Crises.

Exciting news. I bought a second-hand electric vehicle (EV).  A big expense.  Was it worth it?

I finally took the plunge and splashed out on a 2019 second-hand all electric Nissan Leaf.  My head was spinning.  Will it work?  Where do I charge it?  How do I charge it?  How do I drive an automatic?  Will the range be enough?

First Impression

My first impression was a bit scary. I had not driven an automatic car, nor an electric car before.  Where are the gears?  Of course, that is one of the benefits, there are far fewer moving parts, and hopefully fewer breakdowns and repairs.

The Nissan Leaf

The Nissan has clearly been designed by engineers.  There is a P for parking mode, an N for neutral, R for reverse and D for drive.  So far so good.  Then there is a B mode standing for goodness knows what.  Apparently, it maximises battery recharge when freewheeling down steep hills…[read more].

Happy Eco News Top 5

  1. ACT First State In Australia To Ban Conventional Cars

Takeaways:

  • The Australian Capitol Territory has announced that they will ban the sale of new cars and light trucks with internal combustion engines by 2035.
  • The government wants at least 80% of new light vehicles sold in this area to be zero emission models by 2030.
  • The new rules will apply to new cars, motorcycles, and small trucks…[read more].

2. Intel Operations in US, Costa Rica, India Achieve Net-Positive Water

Takeaways:

  • Intel’s operations in the United States, Costa Rica and India are now net-positive water use.
  • In all three countries, Intel has returned or restored more water than it has used.
  • The company strives to be net-positive throughout its entire operations by 2030…[read more].

3. Gone for Thousands of Years, Wild Bison Return to the UK

Takeaways:

  • After being absent from the UK for thousands of years, wild European bison are reintroduced to a forest near Canterbury.
  • The bison will knock down trees and trample over shrubs to create spaces for new plants to grow.
  • This will help attract new insets, birds and reptiles and help the woods store more carbon…[read more].

4. Reusable and Refillable Packaging Becomes a Major Trend for 2022

Takeaways:

  • Brand owners in food, cosmetics & personal care, home care, and other beverage types are investing heavily in reuse/refill concepts.
  • Research has shown that the reusable and refillable packaging market will reach up to $42 billion in 2022.
  • Glass packaging for beverages remains the dominant segment, representing over 75% of all reuse refill packs…[read more].

5. What Rotterdam Teaches About the Power of Green Roofs

Takeaways:

  • Rotterdam is showing off its Rotterdam Rooftop Walk, which connects rooftops through air bridges.
  • Green rooftops can effectively solve urban heat islands, as temperatures can be reduced by 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Green roofs can also retain water and prevent urban flooding…[read more].

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