Today’s Solutions: October 20, 2021

Environment

Need some good news about the environment? The Optimist Daily is your go-to herald of good environmental news, highlighting solutions and scientific research around climate action, circularity, conservation, and other sustainability issues.

California says goodbye to gas-powered gardening equipment

We recently wrote an article about why you should invest in all-electric gardening equipment. Recognizing the environmental and public health benefits of this transition, California has signed a bill into law that will ban the sale of new gas-powered leaf-blowers, lawnmowers, power washers, and Read More...

Celebrated landscape architect finds beauty in the margins of public space

The newly-established Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize honors advancements and innovation in landscape architecture. The inaugural winner of the award is Julie Bargmann, and when you look at the work she does, it’s no surprise that her work is being celebrated Read More...

Grauer’s gorilla population makes surprising comeback in DRC

A recent study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has good news for gorillas. The study found that the number of Grauer’s gorillas, the world’s largest gorilla subspecies, has increased from 6,800 compared to a 2016 estimate of 3,800. The 3,000 animal increase is a promising sign Read More...

Japan strives to harness the incredible power of typhoons

In the last week of September, the metropolis of Tokyo, Japan, along with the country’s chain of small offshore islands, was narrowly missed by Mindulle, the third super typhoon to form in the Western Pacific this year. The storm, which originated close to the island of Guam, had powerful wind Read More...

Bull elk with a car tire wrapped around its neck for two years is finally free

In 2019, wildlife officers first sighted an elk sporting an unlikely (and uncomfortable) ornament around its neck—a car tire. The wildlife officers happened upon the elusive elk while conducting a population survey for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and mountain goats in the Mount Evans Read More...

Why fish poop is more important than we realize

A new study published in Science Advances has some news for the scientific community: We should be paying more attention to fish poop. While not a glamorous subject, the study finds that fish and their feces play an underappreciated role in ocean ecosystems.  Why fish? Phytoplankton in the Read More...

Shareholder pressure leads to right-to-repair evaluation at major tech company

The EU and the UK have both recently expanded right to repair laws aimed at reducing e-waste and saving customers money. As this movement gains popularity, Microsoft shareholders have successfully pressured the company into expanding the repairability of its goods. Although the US has limited Read More...

Mongolia to fight desertification by planting one billion trees

Mongolia’s presidential press office announced that the country will combat desertification by promising to plant a billion trees, starting next week. “Mongolia aims to realize the target by 2030 to combat climate change and desertification,” the country’s president Ukhnaa Khurelsukh Read More...

These sleek pieces of furniture are mainly made from seagrass

From capturing greenhouse gases to removing plastic waste from our oceans, seagrass has proved itself an invaluable ally in our fight against some of today’s most pressing environmental concerns. Now, the underwater plant is making its way into furniture design in a bid to enhance the Read More...

These bike garages in Denmark are made from recycled wind turbine blades

While wind turbines play an important role in our transition towards a post-carbon world, they do pose a few environmental concerns. For example, most of the wind turbines operating today have a lifespan of about 20 years, which means that a large number of these gigantic pieces of machinery will Read More...