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Popular insecticide throws bumblebee populations into chaos

Popular insecticide throws bumblebee populations into chaos

Popular insecticides called neonicotinoids are disrupting bumblebee life, according to a new study, causing big decreases in bee populations. Though the harm caused by this type of insecticide has been previously studied, researchers weren't sure how it was causing increased bee deaths. The new study sheds light on that, finding that neonicotinoids disrupt nest life and colony thermoregulation.

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Ozone found healing thanks to UN initiatives

Ozone found healing thanks to UN initiatives

A study this week by a UN commission showed that our planet's ozone layer's holes seem to be healing. Healing extremely slowly, but still - on the mend. This is extremely good news for all living flora and fauna on this planet, but is especially welcome news for green activists. It is through the past two decades of work on planet-saving green initiatives that we've gotten to this point - but it's not necessarily permanent.

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General Motors eBike naming contest offers $10,000 award

General Motors eBike naming contest offers $10,000 award

General Motors has announced plans to create its own electric bicycle, one that will be offered in two portability options: folding and compact. The company doesn't have a name for the eBike yet, and for good reason -- it's asking the public to help it name the new model. The chosen winner will receive a $10,000 award and nine finalists will each get $1,000.

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Climate change deadline gets worse as ocean heat study shares bad news

Climate change deadline gets worse as ocean heat study shares bad news

A new study warns the world's oceans have absorbed far more heat than previously thought. The findings indicate these bodies of water may be more sensitive to pollution than expected, according to researchers, challenging an IPCC climate change assessment figure from 2014. The team used a different technique to measure the amount of heat stored by the oceans.

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Sony slashes a decade off its 100% US renewable energy deadline

Sony slashes a decade off its 100% US renewable energy deadline

Last month, Sony joined The Climate Group's RE100 initiative, vowing to utilize 100-percent renewable energy globally by the year 2040. Now, about a month later, the company is back with a revised goal, one that cuts a full decade off its renewable energy deadline for US-based operations. The company now says it will be fully utilizing clean energy in the United States by 2030, helping do its part to address climate change.

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BMW recycling program will put old EV batteries to good use

BMW recycling program will put old EV batteries to good use

BMW Group has teamed with Umicore and Northvolt to develop a "closed life cycle loop" for electric car batteries. This EV battery recycling program includes more than harvesting materials, instead first designating used EV batteries for secondary uses, such as stationary energy storage devices. At the end of this life cycles, the batteries will be harvested for raw materials.

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Chernobyl is producing power again, this time as a solar farm

Chernobyl is producing power again, this time as a solar farm

Chernobyl's exclusion site, the location of the world's worst nuclear disaster, is now home to a giant solar farm featuring 3,800 solar panels. Energy produced at the farm will be sufficient enough to power 2,000 apartments, according to the companies behind it, marking the first time that region has produced power in years.

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LEGO Vestas Wind Turbine set arrives with plant-based plastic bricks

LEGO Vestas Wind Turbine set arrives with plant-based plastic bricks

LEGO has launched a new set called Vestas Wind Turbine, a Creator Expert set featuring bricks made from plant-based plastic that is sustainably sourced. The set is designed to help raise awareness about renewable energy projects, such as the wind turbine featured in the kit, as well as sustainability. As its name suggests, the new kit was made in partnership with Vestas, a sustainable energy company.

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World’s first hydrogen fuel cell trains enter service in Germany

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell trains enter service in Germany

The world's first hydrogen fuel cell-powered trains have entered service in Germany, Alstom, the company behind it, has announced. Called the Coradia iLint, the new trains feature fuel cells that utilize oxygen and hydrogen for electricity, this resulting in a zero-emissions experience that is friendly to the environment. The Coradia iLint trains boast low noise levels and speeds up to about 86MPH.

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Virgin Atlantic will use ‘green’ fuel for commercial flight to London

Virgin Atlantic will use ‘green’ fuel for commercial flight to London

Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to conduct its first commercial flight using a sustainable aviation fuel produced by LanzaTech. The flight will take place next month and involve one of Virgin's 747s, the entire trip serving as a demonstration of low carbon technology that may help combat climate change. The flight will span from Orlando to London.

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Lyft promises 100% renewable energy with carbon offsets

Lyft promises 100% renewable energy with carbon offsets

Lyft has announced a new green plan: to transition to a fully carbon-neutral and 100-percent renewable energy profile. The vow follows Lyft's previously announced Green Cities Initiative, building upon the company's carbon offset program to set an important new goal. The news follows California's recent legislation that will see retailers in the state using entirely renewable energy by 2045.

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California vows to use 100% carbon-free energy by 2045

California vows to use 100% carbon-free energy by 2045

California has approved an expedited plan to transition the state to renewable energy, introducing a carbon-free energy goal with a 2045 deadline. Under Senate Bill 100, which was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown, the state will adopt wind, solar, and similar renewable energy sources at an increased rate, offering its own regional action against climate change.

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