The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for August 15, 2022

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The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for August 15, 2022

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This week we have two guest posts. The first is by Philippa Robin a Creative Copywriter & Wordsmith who tells us why creativity connects us to nature. The second post is by Maija Elizabeth, the creator of Sustainability Maija who tells us about saving sea turtles during their nesting period. We also have stories about the tipping point for battery electric vehicles being reached, how plant-based meats cut pollutants, a floating carpet of solar panels, a robotic fish that eats microplastics, and 100 000 kg of plastic removed from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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Why Our Creativity Connects Us To Nature

Guest post byPhilippa Robin, Creative Copywriter & Wordsmith

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The artistical side of life in our western culture is well known as a recreational activity, as images and objects to reflect cultural beliefs and ideals.

Even though beauty is an important part of our society and therefore art, it does not grasp the integrality of what it means to be a creative individual and have creative pursuits. It is not projected as something particularly useful for our society.

There is a huge gap between the ‘not useful creative posturing’ and the successful big earning artist.

Art has been placed on a pillar as something static and something to look at, but it is not an integrated part of our main pillars in society, like; science, law, health or education. Individuals don’t necessarily need to be ‘creative’ and don’t need to be introduced to the creative and playful side of life, to be accepted in modern society. It is not portrayed as something necessary or essential…[read more].

Saving The Turtles During Nesting Season

Guest Post by: Maija Elizabeth, creator of Sustainability Maija 

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Hello everyone! My name is Maija Elizabeth, and I’m known as @sustainablymaija on TikTok, Facebook, & Instagram, where I talk about sustainable living and spread awareness about the ocean plastic crisis. I am excited to be back writing with Happy Eco News! I wrote an article in January of 2022 titled “7 Ways We Can Help Protect the Oceans“. Today’s article is about protecting one of the most loved marine animals, the sea turtle. I hope I can teach you some things that I have been learning over my years of adoring sea turtles. Some boys in high school used to call me “save the turtles girl”, and today I am very proud to be living up to that name!

Nesting Season:

As much of a joke as it is to say “save the turtles”, it honestly is a serious topic. All sea turtle species are either threatened or endangered, which is why sea turtle nesting season is a critical time to care about them! Sea turtle nesting season is from April to October every year, typically laying their eggs between North Carolina and Florida in the United States…[read more].

Happy Eco News Top 5

  1. Bloomberg Declares That The Tipping Point Has Been Reached!

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  • BloombergNEG has recently announced that the tipping point for battery electric vehicles has been reached globally.
  • Carmakers such as Tesla, Volkswagen and BYD are expected to produce over 4 million battery electric vehicles in the next 12 months.
  • “The US is the latest country to pass what’s become a critical EV tipping point: 5% of new car sales powered only by electricity. This threshold signals the start of mass EV adoption,” said Bloomberg…[read more].

2. Plant-Based Meats Cut Climate Pollutants Fastest Today

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  • Alternative proteins are set to rise from 2% of protein eaten to 11% by 2035.
  • A solid push to scale plant-based proteins could help cut methane emissions quickly.
  • Fake meats made by fermenting proteins or growing cells in a lab are expected to reach their potential within a decade…[read more].

3. A New Floating Carpet of Solar Panels is Coming to the North Sea

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  • German energy company RWE will invest in a project to install floating solar technology in the North Sea.
  • This system will endure harsh offshore conditions such as high waves and strong winds as the solar installation is made to float several meters above the ocean and move with the waves like a carpet.
  • The floating solar technology solves the growing land shortage to produce renewable energy…[read more].

4. Scientists Develop Robotic Fish That Consumes Microplastics

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  • Researchers from the Sichuan University in China have developed a new robotic fish that can absorb microplastics.
  • The robot is made from materials that interact with the heavy metals, dyes and antibiotics attached to the microplastics, which will latch onto the fish’s body.
  • Currently, it can only swim at the surface of the water, but the researchers hope they can develop a version that can dive to greater depths…[read more].

5. A Non-Profit Removes 100,000 kg of Plastic From the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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  • More than 100 000kg of plastic has been removed from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
  • The Ocean Cleanup nonprofit built System 001, a water-borne parachute that improves the ability to capture plastic.
  • The organization picked up 100 000kg of plastic over 45 extraction trips where the system swept about 1158 sq. miles (3000 sq. km) of the ocean…[read more].

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