The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for January 17, 2022
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This week we have two guest posts. The first is an interview with Tali Orad, the founder of 1Treellion.org who tells us the inspiration and impact of this organization. The second is a post by Maija Elizabetha, the creator of Sustainably Maija who gives us a few tips for protecting the ocean. We also have stories about a giant kite that will pull a ship across the ocean, the partnership of solar panels and water canals, UK’s ban on trophy hunts, scientists turning carbon dioxide into coal, and a flight powered by 100% sustainable fuel.
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The Happy Eco News Weekly Top 5
- This month, a huge boat will attach itself to an enormous kite as a test to reduce carbon emissions from the shipping industry.
- The company Airseas who makes the kites has promised a super-sized kite which will measure 3,280 square feet (1,000 square meters) and flies 984 feet (300 meters) above the boat.
- This creation will have the potential to reduce emissions on shipping trips by up to 20%… [read more].
- New research has shown that paired with solar panels, water canals might be a way to both generate solar power and save water.
- Shading the canals with the panels would lead to a reduction in water evaporation while generating electricity for nearby areas.
- “We could save upwards of 63 billion gallons of water annually,” she says. “That would be comparable to the amount needed to irrigate 50,000 acres of farmland, or meet the residential water needs of over 2 million people.” Brandi McKuin, a postdoctoral researcher at UC Santa Cruz…[read more].
- After two years, the British government is finally banning trophy hunting exports.
- This ban will protect more than 7000 species that are threatened by international trade including lions, elephants, and giraffes.
- The ban will also prohibit hunters from shipping their “trophies”…[read more].
- A research team from the University of Melbourne, Australia has developed a technique that can convert CO2 from a gas into solid particles of carbon.
- While previously researchers have only been to convert solids at extremely high temperatures, using liquid metals as a catalyst, these researchers have been able to turn the gas back into carbon at room temperature.
- Researchers say that this could be a more sustainable approach… [read more].
- For the first time ever with passengers aboard, a United flight will take off from Chicago to Washington D.C. running on 100% sustainable aviation fuel.
- Although current regulations limit the potential blend to no more than 50%, the airline wants to show that it is possible to run entirely on sustainable fuel.
- The fuel is made from fats, cooking oils, and grease and contributes 80% less emissions than regular jet fuel…[read more].
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