The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for December 13, 2021
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This week we have two blog posts. The first one is by Ben Hardman, the creator Tiny Eco Home Life, who tells us how we can grow small to reduce our environmental impact. The second guest post is by Alice Peace, the creator of Discoveny, who tells us how we can become sustainable travelers. We also have stories about new techniques to turn plastic waste back into oil, India’s renewable energy plan, a pee-powered fuel cell, Biden’s new rules to reduce methane emissions, and the world’s first solar powered steel mill.
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Modern life is all set up for rapid, excessive, and more often than not, wasteful living.
If you want to be successful, grow big and expand at all costs is the mainstream message. This may work in the short term but at the expense of what?
The environment? An overused workforce? Personal health?
We’re seeing the environment suffer more and more each day. Whether it’s the continuing elevation of carbon emissions, soil erosion, mass species extinction or more extreme weather events. It’s clear that things have been deteriorating rapidly for a while on the modern human watch…[read more].
What is Discoveny?
I’m Alice, UK travel writer and advocate for sustainable tourism. I want to show you just how easy it is to make responsible choices and do our bit for the planet whilst we’re on the go. That’s why I founded Discoveny, a blog for the sustainable, eco-conscious adventurer. We head to off-the-beaten-track locations and get there as sustainably as possible. And we want to help you do the same. Minimum impact. Maximum fun. Ready? Let’s dive in.
Sustainable Travel? What’s that all about?
Many of us love to travel. The world is big and full of beauty, and there’s so much joy in discovering and getting to know new places, new foods and new people. No one wants to give up their holidays. But as evidence of the climate crisis becomes more obvious, many people are taking responsibility for their personal impacts on the planet…[read more].
The Happy Eco News Weekly Top 5
Chemicals and aircraft parts manufacturer Honeywell International announced this week that it’s come up with a new way to turn low-grade plastic waste into oil that’s high enough quality to be fed into a refinery. The company is now partnering with Spanish infrastructure company Sacyr SA to scale up its process, dubbed the Upcycle Process Technology, in a facility capable of turning 30,000 metric tons of mixed plastic trash into oil per year. Production is set to begin in 2023…[read more].
Coal powers 70 percent of India’s electricity generation, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged that by 2030, India will produce more energy through solar and other renewables than its entire grid now. “First, India will increase its non-fossil energy capacity to 500 gigawatts … Second, by 2030, 50 percent of our energy requirements will come from renewable resources,” Modi told the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow…[read more].
The idea of removing urine from wastewater and using it to power a fuel cell would have seemed like science fiction not that long ago. But increasingly, the future technologies are already here and ready to be deployed. Read on to learn about the work of scientists at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University. …[read more].
More positive news about the environment, coming out of Glasgow as the Biden administration targets methane emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency says reducing methane emissions now “would have a rapid and significant effect” on global warming… [read more].
Harnessing the energy of the sun to power large scale industrial projects has become a reality. Taking advantage of the plethora of sunny days in Colorada is making a megawatt solar farm possible. Read on to learn how this has developed… [read more].
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