Today’s Solutions: November 26, 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.

Solar walls: the next dimensio

Solar walls: the next dimension in renewable energy

In The Optimist Daily we’ve written before about solar cells that have been integrated in windows. But could they serve as walls? Well, yes. CSEM a Swiss non-profit company, made them. They’re white, but they can come in every color you like. (White keeps the cells cooler, boosting efficiency.) Read More...

London fights air pollution wi

London fights air pollution with additional tax

Global warming is a threat that may lead to death and disaster in decades to come. Meanwhile air pollution in the megacities of the world kills 7 million of people prematurely every year, according to statistics of the WHO. That’s an immediate threat. London is already the largest city with a Read More...

Boeing turns cooking oil into

Boeing turns cooking oil into fuel

Gutter oil: what can we do with it? Well, put in the tank of a Boeing! That's what the US aircraft maker must have thought after revealing plans earlier this year to green its fleet. A factory in China will convert thousands of gallons of used cooking oil into Read More...

Coal use in China falls

Coal use in China falls

This is a statistic we really want to see going down. Being outside in some of China’s polluted cities can be worse for your health than smoking cigarettes. The main contributor to China’s notorious pollution is the incessant burning of coal. Coal is also a major contributor to the fast-rising Read More...

Saving butterflies with social

Saving butterflies with social media

Conservationists are beginning to realize the benefits of using tech to help restore nature, and some projects could use your help. The app Monarch mines data using social media and algorithms to track the migratory patterns of monarch butterflies—anyone interested in saving butterflies can help. Read More...

Alternative source for natural

Alternative source for natural rubber is environmentally sustainable

Most of the rubbers we use now, like in rubber bands or car tires are made synthetically. But large vehicles, like airplanes and trucks, require tires made from a natural source, and until now that has been one type of tree that doesn’t scale or farm well. A new process to make natural rubber Read More...

Clean energy sector gets capit

Clean energy sector gets capital injection

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a $68 million investment in 540 green energy projects across the country. This report comes on the heels of President Obama’s proposed new approach to combat climate change, and was announced right before the start of the UN Climate Summit in New Read More...

Society benefits from carbon o

Society benefits from carbon offsetting

Offsetting CO2 emissions can have social benefits. Researchers discovered that for every metric ton of carbon a business offsets, the community saves an average of $664 on things like environmental conservation, infrastructure production, and benefits for those below the poverty line. This study Read More...

Ozone on track to make full re

Ozone on track to make full recovery

Remember the hole in the ozone layer? Well, it has officially stopped growing. Was it getting bigger? Yes, although not by much anymore. A UN study released this week reported that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is no longer getting bigger, and should start shrinking within the next 10 Read More...

Hyatt hotels will go green by

Hyatt hotels will go green by 2020

On the heels of reports that food manufacturers are cleaning up supply chains to help combat global warming, Hyatt Hotels has recently announced plans to make hotels more efficient by 2020. Starting next year all new full-service hotels and renovations of Hyatt hotels will have to comply with Read More...