The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for March 21, 2022

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The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for March 21, 2022

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This week we have a guest post by Mia Dillon, the host and producer of Heal Our Earth who tells us about how we can create wildlife-friendly habitats. We also have stories about solar panels increasing agricultural production, a shark inspired film that reduces emissions, California’s microplastics reduction policy, how bison are boosting biodiversity, and a carbon capture approach that uses no heat.

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Go Wild: Creating Wildlife-Friendly Habitats in Your Space

Guest Post byMia Dillon, Producer and host of Heal Our Earth

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As people who care about the environment, it can be hard to handle our reality of massive habitat and biodiversity losses that have been an unwelcome and often underestimated effect of development.

It’s easy to feel hopeless, but there’s something that any person can do to make a significant positive impact on your ecosystem: Start wildlife friendly gardening.

This goes beyond rejecting the use of chemicals in your gardening and lawn care, although that is an important part. You can actually create small habitats in your garden or yard for wildlife. You don’t need a lot of land to do it – in fact, you can even create a small wildlife habitat in your window box.

There are benefits beyond the positive impact you can make on the environment. 

Reducing your use of chemicals creates a healthier environment for you and all the other humans around you, with less pollution going into food crops, soil, and groundwater. It may seem hard to believe that spraying chemical pesticides into your yard could impact your community’s water quality, but due to the interconnected nature of our ecosystems and our built environment, everything you put into the earth around you can have an impact on your drinking water…[read more].

The Happy Eco News Weekly Top 5

  1. These Solar Panels are Harvesting the Sun Twice in Kenya

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  • A research project based in Kajiado, Kenya has found an increased agricultural production on land where solar panels were used to provide cover for their crops.
  • This technique called agrivoltaics allowed users to harvest solar energy twice – for crops and for generating power.
  • The researchers found that some of the crops grew three times bigger using this technique compared to traditional fertilizer and water… [read more].

2. Shark Inspired Film Cuts Tons of Carbon Emissions

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  • AeroShark is a thin film that replicates the aerodynamic scales on a shark’s skin in order to reduce the wind resistance on a large surface.
  • This adhesive film reduces fuel consumption and carbon emissions from any vehicle that has large smooth surfaces.
  • Airline companies Lufthansa and BASF are working to improve the AeroShark technology by reducing fuel burn and emissions by up to 3% over existing aircraft… [read more].

3. California Becomes First State in Nation To Adopt Microplastics Reduction Policy

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  • California is the first state to adopt a comprehensive microplastics reduction policy in response to the growing plastics pollution issue.
  • Part of their strategy includes educating the public and industries about microplastics plastics sources, impacts, and solutions.
  • The state is also developing plans to eliminate microplastics from entering its waters… [read more].

4. How Bison are Boosting Biodiversity in the United States

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  • Bison not only hold cultural ties with tribes across America but they are also considered to be ‘ecosystem engineers’ due to their ability to help manage the land.
  • As these animals graze, wallow, and trample, they make landscapes more habitable and accessible for hundreds of prairie species.
  • Bison are also an extremely adaptable species as they are able to adjust to high temperatures and lack of water… [read more].

5. In Startup Verdox, Carbon Capture Meets Electrification

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  • MIT startup, Verdox, has proposed an electrochemical approach to capturing carbon, a method that uses no heat.
  • Depending on whether the carbon is being captured from the air or industrial source, the savings could be up to 70 percent.
  • “The high energy efficiency and scalability of Verdox’s technology could enable the company to play a major role in addressing the carbon removal challenge”, said Carmichael Roberts the co-founder of Breakthrough Energy…[read more].

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