The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for August 29, 2022

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The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for August 29, 2022

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This week we have three guest posts. The first is by our founder Grant Brown who talks about how Baby Boomers can help Gen Z fix the climate problem. The second is by Trisha Bhujle, a blogger for The Sentimental Environmental(ist) who talks about how old movies can help us teach our children about climate change. The third post is by Katrine Burford-Bradshaw the Head of Operations and Communications at Climate Wise who tells us about the importance of seagrass in coastal island ecosystems. We also have stories about Hawaii receiving its last shipment of coal, endangered species being reintroduced, big companies behind green hydrogen, a new massive wind turbine, and a battery that could last a lifetime.

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Can Baby Boomers help Gen Z fix the Climate?

Baby Boomers and Gen Z can work together to fix climate change. The benefits of collaboration are many, but are the divisions too deep?

By: Grant Brown, founder of Happy Eco News

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It’s no secret that climate change needs to be addressed no. Future generations will be the ones most affected by climate change, but of those alive today, the ones most affected will be the ones known as Generation Z and those beyond.

It can be argued that baby boomers have profited the most from environmental damage caused in the name of business, yet Gen Z appears to be taking the most direct action. They don’t have a choice; their future depends on action. But Gen Z is young and inexperienced, and they know it. They also know they are faced with more than uncertainty; they see a future that resembles a combination of Mad Max and Blade Runner. Rightfully, they are afraid.

Boomers, on the other hand, are healthier and will live longer than any generation before them. They rode a wave of wealth, scientific advances and massive cultural and social change. Despite the social change that occurred during their lives, they never really had to worry about clean water or healthy food…[read more].

Old Movies Revisited: What the Ice Age Film Franchise Can Teach Youngsters About Global Warming 

Guest Blog by: Trisa Bhuijle, blogger for The Sentimental Environmental(ist)

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Offering a delicate interplay between comedy and drama that entertained audiences throughout the early 2000s, the Ice Age film franchise was loved by youngsters for its humanizing depiction of a sloth, saber-toothed tiger, and wooly mammoth going from the worst of foes to the closest of friends. Following the original movie’s release, hundreds of thousands of families flocked to theaters to witness what many considered a prehistoric twist to cinema’s more modern productions. Two decades after the very first Ice Age movie’s debut, however, it seems as if the once-beloved films have been shoved away from the spotlight – and wrongfully so. We rarely look back at the journey taken by Sid, Manny, and Diego to save their friends and family from the rapidly melting ice that they once called home. We rarely introduce younger generations to the camaraderie and teamwork that helped an entire community of animals relocate to an area that would be (temporarily) immune to the effects of sea level rise. It’s fascinating that these films designed for such young children can teach lessons that so many adults don’t yet understand – and now, they might just be the key to connecting America’s screenagers to their environment…[read more].

Importance of Seagrass in Coastal Island Ecosystems

Guest post by: Katrine Burford-Bradshaw, Head of Operations and Communications at Climate Wise

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Seagrass ecosystems represent a fraction of marine vegetation yet have an immense sequestration ability that is vital in tackling the climate crisis. Seagrasses are a crucial part of the marine ecosystem due to their productivity level, biodiversity, and sensitivity to water quality changes. Due to this, they play a significant role as an indicator of the overall health of a coastal ecosystem. Despite their significance, their numbers are dwindling globally, and conservation efforts are essential to ensure these crucial ecosystems are protected.

Seagrass as a blue carbon ecosystem

Seagrasses are located along the shore of every continent except Antarctica. They are submerged flowering plants with deep roots. Seagrass ecosystems can sequester significant amounts of carbon and store it as organic carbon in sediment for long periods, making them one of the most significant natural carbon sinks globally…[read more].

Happy Eco News Top 5

  1. Hawaii Gets Its Last Shipment of Coal, Ever

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  • Oahu, Hawaii, is receiving its last coal shipment ever.
  • The largest power plant on Oahu and the biggest source of the island’s electricity is closing in September.
  • The state is planning to go towards 100% renewable energy for electricity and is already seeing a shift due to solar panel installations…[read more].

2. 8 Endangered Species That are Being Reintroduced Around the World

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  • Conservation projects around the world are helping to bring back endangered and extinct wildlife species, including:
  • Rat kangaroos are being reintroduced to Australia after disappearing more than 100 years ago.
  • China has been successful in breeding the endangered Przewalski’s horses and has bred more than 800 wild horses across six decades…[read more].

3. Big Names Including Amazon, Honeywell, Mitsubishi Line up Behind Green Hydrogen

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  • Over $198 million has been invested into Electric Hydrogen, which is developing an electrolyzer for creating “fossil-free hydrogen.”
  • Some investors in this company include Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Honeywell, Rio Tinto and others.
  • Electric Hydrogen addresses CO2 emissions linked to steel production, mining and agriculture industries…[read more].

4. New Massive Offshore Wind Turbine Can Power A Home For 2 Days With A Single Spin

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  • The development of the US’ first utility-scale wind farm will be so powerful that one spin will power the average home for two full days.
  • The turbine has a 13 MW capacity, more than double that of other turbines installed off the US coast.
  • Vineyard Wind 1 will be developed off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusettes, and should produce enough power for 400,000 homes as well as businesses in the area…[read more].

5.  A Researcher Just Accidentally Developed A Battery That Could Last A Lifetime

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  • Researchers from the University of California have invented a nanowire-based battery that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times.
  • Nanowires are highly conductive and are a thousand times thinner than human hair.
  • The researchers have already charged and discharged the battery up to 200,000 times without breaking the nanowires and without loss of capacity…[read more].

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