Environment:

France has unveiled plans to ban “imported deforestation”

The French government is set to alter its import policies in an effort to end worldwide deforestation. The new national strategy will focus on curbing imports of unsustainable products such as soybean, palm oil, and cocoa, which are directly or indirectly tied to forest degradation. The country aims to ban all imported products that lead to widespread deforestation by 2030.

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  • EcoWatch
  • Date:11/16/2018
OPTIMIST MAGAZINE ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Climate Change: A Crisis of Human Belonging and Connection

By Katie Conlon, Ph.D. Candidate in Sustainability Studies, Optimist Emissary  “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Einstein What is it about profound moments in nature that inspire a new perspective on the world? I feel close encounters with nature bring a new sense of belonging. One such life-shifting awareness of nature occurred when I found myself looking out across the endless, windswept desert expanses of the Sahara as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali. This desert void was brimming with mystery, parts visible and others hidden just below the surface – an apt metaphor for life.…

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  • Date:11/16/2018

This has to be the most sustainable bicycle on Earth

A bicycle shop in London is offering customers the opportunity to build their own bicycle out of bamboo sticks. While building a bike out of bamboo sounds strange, bamboo is actually a terrific material for building bikes because it’s so light and shock absorbent, which helps to provide a smooth ride. Not to mention the material has a low environmental impact.

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  • Treehugger
  • Date:11/15/2018

How farms can benefit from the presence of solar panels

After observing solar farms for the past couple of decades, researchers have found that solar farms have an incredible ability to alter the microclimate under them. In fact, scientists in Oregon found that 90 percent more biomass flourished in areas partly or fully covered by solar panels. This was due to the shade solar farms create, which lead to a 328 percent increase in water efficiency, allowing for longer growth during the growing season while providing richer pasture for livestock.

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  • PV Magazine
  • Date:11/14/2018

London schools want to cover their walls with plants to fight air pollution

Schools in London are attempting to raise thousands of pounds to help pay for an initiative that aims to cover school walls with plants to protect children from air pollution. “Living walls” can be an effective strategy for cleaning heavily polluted air while providing calming benefits as well.

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  • The Independent
  • Date:11/14/2018

This startup found a clever way to reuse milk bottles

A start-up in New Zealand has developed a way to turn domestic and commercial plastic waste into fence posts. The posts, which are made from 100 percent recycled material, have an impressive life expectancy of 50 years. With more and more farmers trying to improve their on-farm sustainability, this new form of sustainable fencing could become a very popular option.

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  • News Hub
  • Date:11/13/2018

Electric ferries represent the first step in sustainable maritime transportation

Since ferries take the same route again and again, they will be first mode of maritime transportation to be electrified. In Canada, two electric ferries equipped with a battery pack system are already getting to work. The electric vessels, which originally ran on diesel, are expected to reduce carbon emissions by the equivalent of 7 million kilograms of carbon dioxide per year. Plans are already being made in places like Norway and New York to electrify other ferry routes.

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  • Electrek
  • Date:11/09/2018

New Zealand ends new offshore oil and gas exploration

Incredible news in New Zealand, as it has banned new permits for offshore oil and gas exploration in efforts to tackle climate change. The Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Act passed its third reading in Parliament on Wednesday with 63 votes in favor and 55 against, New Zealand Herald reported.

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  • Date:11/09/2018

Well, turns out you can pack in a lot of mosquitoes without killing them

Mailing mosquitoes doesn't seem wise on the surface. Nevertheless, researchers from New Mexico State University have been looking into it, as part of an effort to help control the spread of disease.

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  • Date:11/09/2018

Agriculture destroyed monarch butterfly habitats–now it’s trying to save them

Over the past couple of decades, monarch butterflies, one of the most recognizable (and important) visitors to gardens across North America, have been declining in number–as much as 95 percent of the population has disappeared since the 1980s. The reasons are numerous: Mexico, where the pollinators migrate to escape harsh winters, has eliminated many of the trees where monarchs flock and severe and unpredictable weather due to climate change has disrupted populations.

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  • Date:11/08/2018

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