Today’s Solutions: August 15, 2022

Total number of posts: 22128

Farmers' food market stall with variety of organic vegetable. Vendor serving and chating with customers.

Here’s how to dive into your local food scene

We all know that we should be eating local, yet it often falls to the bottom of the list—especially when we’re busy and on a budget. There’s more than meets the eye, though, with local food. It’s more nutrient-dense and tastes better, not to mention you’ll be supporting your local farmers Read More...

70 island in Palau.

Revealing the history of the earliest transoceanic seafarers

A study carried out by geneticists at Harvard University, in collaboration with Indigenous communities, has revealed five previously undocumented migrations around remote Pacific islands. These people were the world’s earliest transoceanic seafarers, being able to navigate long journeys across Read More...

Front side of typical american porch colonial house with white traditional columns and pillars and American flag

Introducing "True American"— a mini-series

Last month on Independence Day, The New Yorker published an issue featuring cover art by graphic illustrator Christ Ware. The narrative piece, called “House Divided,” boldly captures the sense of polarization underlying this past year’s Fourth of July festivities, and the general atmosphere Read More...

Amasra town on the Black sea coast, Turkey

Turkey’s Zero-Waste Project protects environment and boosts economy

Observing the slow pace of environmental action, starting any kind of climate-focused initiative can feel futile. Don't let the cynics win. The fact is, our individual and collective efforts can make a significant difference. A wonderful reminder of this is Turkey’s Zero-Waste Project, which Read More...

Sunlight through a forest of trees.

Solutions Thinking and Climate Change

Open Minds and Optimism: Keys to Solving the Climate Crisis In February 2022, the world’s leading climate scientists released the most urgent warning on climate change to date. The report, released by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), describes the implications of our Read More...

Himalayan salt lamps can boost mood, improve sleep, ease allergies, reduce anxiety and clean the air.

These 6 lighting tips will boost your mood and your health

At a time when sustainable and healthy living is at the forefront of many of our minds, the issue of lighting becomes a contested one. While LED (light-emitting diode) and CFL (compact fluorescent light) lights have gained popularity for their energy efficiency, these kinds of lights tend to leave Read More...

Study: This is how many human

Study: This is how many human lives can be saved with climate action

With the climate crises we’re already experiencing, it’s no secret that we need climate action immediately to prevent the loss of life due to climate disasters. Now, thanks to a recent study, we have a good idea of how many lives will be saved if we cease emitting carbon into our atmosphere at Read More...

Hand fan covering the sun to cool down and give yourself air in heat alerts. Heat wave heatstroke concept.

Biden administration launches heat.gov to help us deal with extreme heat

It’s no secret that this summer season has been a scorcher, what with the increasing heatwaves in the US and raging wildfires across Europe. The rising temperatures have been and will continue to cause thousands of deaths from hyperthermia, drought, and crop failures.  Extreme heat is an Read More...

Norwegian cohousing encourages

Norwegian cohousing encourages social connection and sustainable living

After the pandemic years of alienation from each other, the downfalls of the once sought-after single-nuclear-family housing are becoming clearer. Not only is it financially impractical and ecologically damaging, but it’s isolating and discourages the building of strong local communities. With Read More...

Honeycomb and bee or Apis florea on moringa tree and blur green leaves background.

Love bees but need to relocate a hive? Here’s how to do it sustainably

If you are a longtime reader of The Optimist Daily, you’ll know that our team loves bees (and other pollinators). We've published many stories on why bees are critical to our world’s ecosystem and to our species' survival, as well as articles that highlight amazing people and initiatives that Read More...