Climate

Hope 100: Getting low carbon initiatives into public life – Positive News – Positivity Article

This piece is part of our Hope 100 series, telling the stories of the people and organisations creating hope for 2020 and beyond #94 London Borough of Waltham Forest Some 13.7 miles of segregated cycle lanes, 700 trees planted and cycle training for 15,000 residents; the Enjoy Waltham Forest project has created a ‘mini-Holland’ during the past five years, bagging it the 2019 Ashden Award for clean air in towns and cities. Various events are planned to encourage more people to…

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Hope 100: 8 people inspiring us to care about our natural world – Positive News – Positivity Article

From a female explorer in the Sahara to the first black man from the UK to reach the magnetic north pole, eight people that give us hope for the environment This piece is part of our Hope 100 series, telling the stories of the people and organisations creating hope for 2020 and beyond #27 Greta Thunberg The climate activist who needs no introduction, Thunberg was recently nominated for a Nobel peace prize for putting the climate emergency on the political agenda…

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Solar panels could balance the grid at night – Positive News – Positivity Article

Lightsource BP, which led the trial, revealed that solar inverters can provide reactive power – the ability to maintain voltage levels on electricity transmission systems – by reducing or increasing voltage levels even at night. National Grid ESO claimed utilising solar in this way could boost capacity on the network without costly infrastructure upgrades. Lightsource BP estimated such a move would save UK energy customers £400m by 2050. “We have proven that solar plants can play a larger role across…

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F1 pledges to wipe out carbon footprint – Positive News – Positivity Article

Car racing franchise Formula 1 will be carbon neutral by 2030, according to a plan launched this month. According to the plan, Formula 1 will switch to low- or zero-carbon logistics and travel, as well as implementing ‘credible’ carbon offsetting and carbon sequestration programmes. The franchise’s estimated total emissions for 2019 are 256,551 tonnes. Emissions from F1 race cars themselves only comprised around 0.7 per cent of the total in 2018, while 45 per cent came from transporting race cars…

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European Investment Bank to end fossil fuel funding – Positive News – Positivity Article

The European Investment Bank has pledged to phase out its multibillion-euro funding of fossil fuel projects over the next two years. After 2021, the EU’s lending arm will no longer bankroll coal, oil or gas projects, and will instead make lending decisions that are in line with the Paris climate accord. The bank has announced that will invest €1trn towards climate-focused and sustainability projects over the next decade. EIB’s president, Werner Hoyer, described the shift in strategy as “a quantum…

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Change generator: meet the clean energy pioneer – Positive News – Positivity Article

Juliet Davenport pioneered a new way of powering homes when she founded Good Energy 20 years ago. Now, she’s at the forefront of business leaders proving that companies can do right by the planet as well as their shareholders Climate change rarely made headlines in the 1990s. Although the science was there, many people hadn’t heard it. Juliet Davenport felt there was a need for someone to take responsibility, but the lack of widespread knowledge made her self-appointed task of…

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