Good Thoughts – GBRI
 

Following the lead of Berkeley, California, which banned the installation of natural gas lines in new construction, many more cities across the US are also placing a similar ban, while some others are considering it seriously. This could mark the end of gas ranges, heating systems and clothes dryers in new homes. Officials in the Northern California […]

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The University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia plans to become carbon neutral by 2025 and to achieve this target, it has installed a huge water battery that stands three stories high. Installed in September this year as an experiment which turned out to be quite successful, the battery is already producing enough energy to […]

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Finally, people who take environment-friendliness seriously in Paris can ensure that even their funerals will be eco-friendly. The city recently opened its first green cemetery at Ivry-sur-Seine where burials involve no chemicals, synthetics or gravestones. The cemetery will be replacing gravestones with wooden markers that the city of Paris has said it will replace every ten years. […]

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JetBlue will be converting a large part of its ground service equipment fleet at JFK International Airport in New York from gasoline to electric. With this change, the airline hopes to save more than $500,000 annually on fuel costs as well as cut 4 million pounds of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, converting the ground service equipment […]

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After InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), hospitality giant Marriott has also announced that it will phase out the use of small, single-use plastic toiletry bottles from most of its hotels by December 2020. These bottles shall be replaced with larger, pump-topped bottles. When fully implemented, the program is expected to prevent about 500 million tiny bottles – or […]

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In a move that is being welcomed by environmentalists around the world, the Peruvian Palm Oil Producers’ Association (JUNPALMA) announced last week that it would be entering an agreement to become palm oil deforestation-free by 2021. The promise was secured by the U.S. based National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in collaboration with the local government, growers and the […]

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Statistics reveal that almost one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption gets lost or wasted. This amounts to almost US$ 680 billion in industrialized countries and US$ 310 billion in developing countries. These figures are appalling, to say the least. We drastically need to reduced food wastage if we want to meet […]

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In an attempt to cut down plastic waste, British cosmetic company Lush has come up with a first-of-its-kind ‘carbon-positive’ packaging which is fully biodegradable and in fact, requires trees to be planted for its use. The biodegradable cork pots the company will begin buying for its products are not only sustainable and regenerative, but also require […]

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On Tuesday, France introduced a new ‘ecotax’ that will be levied on all flights originating within the country in an attempt to combat climate crisis. The amount of tax would range from 1.50 euros ($1.70) to 18 euros ($20) and is expected to raise over 180 million euros annually, French Transport Minister Élisabeth Borne said. The raised money would then […]

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