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Apple, suppliers invest in China Clean Energy Fund

Apple, suppliers invest in China Clean Energy Fund

China is home to majority of the world’s manufacturing and assembling plants. It is also the most populated country in the world. These two factors together mean that China’s energy requirements and pollution output is higher than any other country and it’s not a sustainable situation, especially for those invested in China’s products. That’s why Apple and some of its suppliers are creating a fund that will help those suppliers switch over to renewable energy in the long run.

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Starbucks 2020 single-use straw ban targets plastic waste

Starbucks 2020 single-use straw ban targets plastic waste

Starbucks has announced plans to phase out single-use straws, helping address the issue of plastic waste impacting the environment. The ban won't take place until 2020, after which point Starbucks stores will switch to a type of plastic lid that has a built-in spout. The new straw-less lids are recyclable and will contribute to the elimination of more than a billion plastic straws annually.

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Dubai plans world’s biggest vertical farm with 130,000sqft facility

Dubai plans world’s biggest vertical farm with 130,000sqft facility

Dubai plans to build the world's largest vertical farm, a growing method that reduces water usage, among other things. These vertical farms have cropped up in various cities, primarily in repurposed old warehouses and industrial buildings, enabling communities to grow their own local produce. Soon, Dubai will be home to a 130,000sqft facility that grows thousands of pounds of leafy goods.

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Solar cell with E. coli generates energy in low light conditions

Solar cell with E. coli generates energy in low light conditions

Researchers have created a type of solar cell that can convert light into energy even in overcast conditions. Unlike commonly used solar products, these newly developed solar cells feature living organisms, making them "biogenic." According to researchers, their new biogenic solar cells are both sustainable and relatively inexpensive.

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Nestle launches wind turbine farm as part of renewable energy plan

Nestle launches wind turbine farm as part of renewable energy plan

Nestle, a company heavily criticized for its freshwater practices, has announced the launch of a wind farm with nine turbines. This new wind farm is part of the company's renewable energy effort, which has already resulted in a substantial part of Nestle's energy usage being accounted for. The new wind turbine project is located in Scotland.

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Hawaii sunscreen ban to protect coral may be signed this week

Hawaii sunscreen ban to protect coral may be signed this week

In May, Hawaii passed a bill that would ban sunscreen products that cause harm to coral reefs, a move to address the growing number of dying coral. At the heart of the matter are two chemicals used within certain sunscreen products, both that have been found to cause damage to coral. According to a new report, Hawaii's Governor will sign the bill into law some time this week, concerns about potential fallout aside.

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2020 Tokyo Olympics will use 100% renewable energy

2020 Tokyo Olympics will use 100% renewable energy

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be powered entirely by renewable energy, the organizing committee behind the event has announced. In addition, the organization has committed to using services that will ultimately result in 99-percent of goods from the games being either reused or recycled. Assuming these ambitious goals are fully met, it will be an unprecedented change for the Olympics.

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Volvo just made a huge recycled plastic promise

Volvo just made a huge recycled plastic promise

Volvo plans to dramatically increase the green credentials of its cars, promising to use at least 25-percent recycled plastics from 2025. The push will see the Swedish automaker offset its use of new plastic - both in the cabin and elsewhere in the construction of its vehicles - by introducing a greater percentage of reused materials.

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Samsung 100% renewable energy vow sets two-year deadline

Samsung 100% renewable energy vow sets two-year deadline

Samsung announced an ambitious new environmental pledge today, revealing that it will transition to 100-percent renewable energy in the United States, Europe, and China. This is an expansion of the company's existing renewable energy initiative, expanding it to cover Samsung's total operations in the three aforementioned locations.

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San Francisco tackles electric scooter issue with permit process

San Francisco tackles electric scooter issue with permit process

San Francisco has announced a new permit process for electric scooters in the city, one that requires companies to temporarily remove their electric scooters until they have their permit. The permit availability was announced by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, and SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin in a joint statement yesterday.

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Study: banned ozone-destroying gas may still be in production

Study: banned ozone-destroying gas may still be in production

A chemical banned due to the harm it causes the ozone layer may be secretly in production somewhere in the world. Scientists speculate the illicit compound may be in use despite the ban due to increased levels, its presence ultimately harming efforts to restore the Earth's atmosphere. Some scientists speculate that the substance is likely being produced in East Asia.

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NASA carbon program cut will have major impact on climate science

NASA carbon program cut will have major impact on climate science

The Trump administration has cut NASA's Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) budget, removing its ability to measure greenhouse gases. The news follows last month's troubling revelation that average CO2 levels in April exceeded 410ppm, a startling figure and the highest ever recorded. Without the funding, NASA will use up the rest of its grants on CMS, then bring an end of the project.

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