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Remote Togo village transformed by solar power
25 May 2019 - Abla Ogodo used to walk 10 kilometres to fetch water for her family. Now that a new well in her own village runs on solar power, she does not have to go anywhere. A UK-based power company called BBOXX, in partnership with France's EDF Group, has launched a program to power the entire village of Sikpe-Afidegnon with energy from the sun. (more)

US: Minnesota nonprofits using community solar to help veterans, families in need
25 May 2019 - A growing list of nonprofits is partnering with solar developers to lower utility costs for lower-income residents. Minnesota nonprofits are turning to community solar as a tool to fight poverty. (more)

In a first, India's quarterly solar generation exceeds 10 terawatt-hours
24 May 2019 - For the first time in India's history solar power generation cross the milestone of 10 terawatt hours in a quarter. The milestone is a testament to the rapid increase in India's solar power capacity over the last few years given the strong emphasis of the government on promotion of renewable energy technologies. (more)

Thousands of women entrepreneurs are selling solar powered tech to homes in rural India
24 May 2019 - For many people across the world, the inability to access or pay for energy is a pressing issue that makes life far more challenging. In India, Frontier Markets, which was founded in 2011, wants to broaden rural communities' access to clean sources of energy using what it describes as an entrepreneurial model. The company trains women to sell solar power solutions to rural communities. (more)

US Coastal Recovery: Bringing a damaged wetland back to life
24 May 2019 - An ambitious wetlands restoration project is underway on Delaware Bay, where scientists are using innovative methods to revive a badly damaged salt marsh. The project could be a model for other places seeking to make coastal wetlands more resilient to rising seas and worsening storms. (more)

US: Healthier wetlands could store more carbon, new study shows
24 May 2019 - In arid places like Wyoming, wetlands are rare, sometimes only two percent of the landscape. But the organic vegetation breaking down in wetland soils captures as much as 15 to 30 percent of the carbon on that landscape, and it could hold more if restored to better condition. (more)

Hong Kong raises $1 billion in oversubscribed first green bond
23 May 2019 - Hong Kong raised $1 billion from the sale of its first green bond on Wednesday, as the former British colony looks to establish itself as a centre for green finance. The proceeds from green bonds get earmarked for investment in environmentally friendly projects. (more)

Women bring light to remote villages on islands of Zanzibar
23 May 2019 - Grandmothers and single mothers are among those being trained as community solar engineers, a programme which they say could transform lives in their communities. ... Millions of people across sub-Saharan Africa are getting access to electricity through off-grid renewables, the International Energy Agency said last year, which forecasted strong demand to boost growth in the sector up to 2022. (more)

US: Improved air quality tied to fewer new childhood asthma cases
21 May 2019 - Childhood asthma rates appear to be dropping in many communities across southern California, and a new study suggests this may be due at least in part to improved air quality. Air pollution has long been linked to a variety of respiratory problems and an increased risk of severe asthma attacks for people who already have the breathing disorder. But research to date hasn't offered as clear a picture of how much reducing levels of toxic chemicals in the air might help stop asthma from developing at all. (more)

Paraguayan indigenous community goes digital to protect ancestral lands
20 May 2019 - Rumilda Fernandez's indigenous community has long tended its ancestral lands in Paraguay, marking boundaries with an ancient system of names for trees and streams. Now, squeezed by deforestation and farming, the community is going digital to defend itself. (more)

Why the UK is getting 130,000 more trees
20 May 2019 - 130,000 trees will be planted across England's towns and cities in a bid to do more for the environment. Experts say that planting more trees is crucial in the fight against climate change and it doesn't just stop there; trees in urban areas can absorb noise, reduce flood risk, lower temperatures through shading, and create green spaces for communities to come together. (more)

130,000 trees to be planted in English cities and towns
19 May 2019 - More than 130,000 trees are to be planted in English towns and cities over the next two years as part of the nation's battle against global heating. The scheme, which will be administered by the Forestry Commission, will be open to individuals, local authorities, charities, and NGOs. Grants will be given to pay for the planting of trees and for the first three years of their care in order to ensure they flourish. (more)

India's 'Tiger state' reports at least 11 rare cub sightings
18 May 2019 - Forest officials in Madhya Pradesh state, in India, have reported several tiger cub sightings, the first for years in some parts of the region. At least 11 cubs have been sighted in the last week, including five in Panna Tiger Reserve and three each in Nauradehi and Ratapani sanctuaries. (more)

India: Breathing new life into Yamuna floodplains, one wetland at a time
18 May 2019 - Yamuna floodplains, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), and the Delhi University (DU) have started developing an integrated floodplain wetlands system at the city's seventh biodiversity park next to Delhi-Noida Direct Flyway. The area, located on the western banks of river Yamuna, between the marginal bund and DND Flyway, will soon have large wetlands, 100 metre-wide greenways, 6.8km-long walking trails, and recreational parks. (more)

US: The importance of Missouri wetlands
17 May 2019 - May is American Wetlands Month. That means this time of year is a good opportunity to focus on a habitat most people have heard of ... Today, the values of wetlands are being re-discovered. Many people are realizing the important roles wetlands play in re-charging and stabilizing underground aquifers, moderating flood waters, and governing the flow of water. (more)

Finland: Organic animal farms benefit birds nesting in agricultural environments
16 May 2019 - The abundance of bird species living in agricultural environments has decreased both in Finland and elsewhere in Europe. Attempts to rectify the situation have been made with the help of agri-environment-climate subsidies. A recent study conducted in Finland [indicated] the proximity of organic animal farms increased the numbers of birds in agricultural environments. In contrast, most of the other environmental subsidies only had a minor impact on bird numbers. (more)

By 2040, more than half of new cars will be electric
15 May 2019 - Electric cars make up only a tiny fraction of the automobiles sold worldwide, but that will change quickly, according to an analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. By 2040, electric cars could make up 57 percent of all passenger car sales worldwide, the report found. Electric cars are coming close to matching gasoline- and diesel-powered cars in purchase price and they already cost less to operate. (more)

Light physical activity might help keep the brain young
15 May 2019 - A recent study suggests that light physical activity may help stave off signs of aging in the brain. The human brain typically shrinks as people age ... Nicole Spartano of Boston University School of Medicine and colleagues explain in JAMA Network Open. Their new research, done in middle aged adults, found that each additional hour spent in light physical activity was associated with 0.22 percent higher brain volume. (more)

Glasgow aims to become UK's first net-zero emissions city
14 May 2019 - Glasgow aims to become the first city in Britain to be carbon-neutral in a drive to tackle climate change. The Scottish city plans to reach the goal by consuming greener energy and promoting a mass electric car charging scheme, as well as boosting investment in the renewable electricity grid. (more)

US: Jury returns $2 billion verdict against Monsanto for couple with cancer -- the biggest so far
14 May 2019 - A jury handed an unparalleled $2.055 billion verdict in favor of a couple in California who say their cancer was caused by long-term exposure to Monsanto's popular weed killer Roundup, according to the plaintiffs' attorneys. It follows several recent losses the company has faced in court concerning Roundup. Thousands of similar cases are pending at the federal or state level. (more)

What helps prevent dementia? Try exercise, not vitamin pills
14 May 2019 - If you want to save your brain, focus on keeping the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than popping vitamin pills, say new World Health Organization guidelines for preventing dementia, released on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (more)

IMO, Norway launch project to help shipping sector cut emissions
13 May 2019 - The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has launched a joint project with Norway to help the shipping industry cut emissions by at least 50 percent from 2008 levels by 2050, the UN's shipping agency said on Monday [13 May]. More than 50 countries across the world are expected to participate, with eight countries from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Pacific region taking pilot roles. (more)

US: Chobani founder and CEO donates for student lunches
12 May 2019 - The schools in Warwick, Rhode Island, can put those sun butter and jelly sandwiches away: Someone is stepping up to pay the massive lunch debt of some of its students. That 'someone' is yogurt company Chobani, which is paying off $47,650 of the $77,000 debt. 'For every child, access to naturally nutritious and delicious food should be a right, not a privilege. When our children are strong, our families are stronger. And when our families are strong, our communities are stronger,' Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya said in statement. (more)

India: Jaipur to soon get 600 eco-friendly buses
11 May 2019 - Jaipur City Transport Service Ltd (JCTSL) at its board meeting has decided to purchase 600 eco-friendly buses for the city. (more)

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