Today’s Solutions: November 30, 2022

Environment

Need some good news about the environment? The Optimist Daily is your go-to herald of positive environmental news, highlighting eco-friendly solutions and scientific progress around climate action, circularity, conservation, and more. Learn about everything eco in our Environment section.

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Wax worm spit: a promising weapon in the fight against plastic pollution

The saliva of wax worms, the beehive-infesting larvae of wax moths, has incredible power. Apparently, it contains enzymes that quickly degrade plastic bags— an item we all know plagues our planet. The enzymes—the first known to break down polyethylene in a matter of hours at room Read More...

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Bolivia’s blue-throated macaws are making a macaw-m back

Blue-throated macaws were thought to have died out in the wild, but over the past few years, more than 100 of them have hatched in nesting boxes in Bolivia. Rainforest Trust has been working with local partners to protect and grow these birds' habitats so they don't go Read More...

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The world’s whitest paint may soon make travel even cooler

The world's whitest paint, which has the ability to reflect about 98% of incoming sunlight, was created last year by Purdue University engineers using their knowledge of materials science. This paint has significant promise for improving building energy efficiency by reducing the need for air Read More...

Parked cars in a parking lot. One place is free.

Parking reform: a win for housing and climate in California

Assembly Bill 2097, signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday, eliminates parking mandates for residential and commercial developments located within half a mile of major transit stops. Minimum parking requirements raise housing costs, use up valuable land, and make Read More...

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Denmark pledges millions to nations disproportionately affected by climate change

Last week, Denmark made a historic move for climate justice by pledging 100 million Danish crowns ($12.9 million) to developing nations damaged by the climate crisis. This makes it the first United Nations member state to offer “loss and damage” compensation. Denmark joins Scotland and the Read More...

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Canada’s largest airline purchases electric aircraft

Conventional fuel for transport (air travel, in particular) is one of the most significant contributors to CO2, making the electrification of travel high on the list of priorities in terms of fighting climate change. Air Canada, Canada’s largest airline, demonstrated its commitment to this goal Read More...

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New platform CTrees calculates the carbon in every tree on Earth

New startup CTrees uses artificial intelligence to track exactly how much CO2 the world’s three trillion trees are storing, thereby determining the extent to which trees are helping the planet. CTrees, which was developed by a team of NASA scientists, has a very simple motto: “see the forest Read More...

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Patagonia’s billionaire founder gives company away to save the planet

Eco-conscious outdoor apparel brand Patagonia has a history of setting the bar high when it comes to environmentally-friendly practices and mindset. Now, the company’s billionaire founder Yvon Chouinard has set the bar even higher by giving away the company to a trust that will allocate its Read More...

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Research shows that foods that are good for us are also good for the planet

It comes as no surprise that since the dawn of the pandemic, people all over the world began typing “immunity boosting foods” into search engines. In fact, these searches rose by 350 percent. The results? It turns out that some of the food items that were popping up over and over again are also Read More...

Breathtaking sunset over Grote Market in Haarlem

Dutch city is the first in the world to ban meat ads in public spaces

The undeniable environmental cost of keeping livestock and producing meat (along with the many health benefits of a plant-based diet) are compelling reasons for many to cut out or at least reduce their meat consumption.  However, the average meat-lover's resolve to go veggie is probably Read More...