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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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Carlsberg Snap Pack replaces 6-pack plastic rings with glue

Carlsberg Snap Pack replaces 6-pack plastic rings with glue

Carlsberg Group has introduced a new way to package cans called "Snap Pack." Instead of connecting six cans into a pack using plastic rings, which often end up in landfills and oceans, the Snap Pack utilizes a type of glue that attaches the cans to each other. With this, Carlsberg says the plastic waste is reduced by up to 76-percent compared to traditional packaging.

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Facebook vows to use 100% renewable energy by 2020

Facebook vows to use 100% renewable energy by 2020

Facebook has vowed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 75-percent with an ultimate goal of switching entirely to renewable energy by the end of 2020. The company has worked on reaching various renewable and clean energy goals over the years, having signed contracts for more than 3 gigawatts of solar and wind energy since 2013.

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The EPA is about to commit regulatory suicide

The EPA is about to commit regulatory suicide

The EPA is about to enact rules that would essentially hobble the agency's own ability to protect the environment. Rules were first proposed on April 30th, 2018, under now-resigned and disgraced Trump-appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt. The public comment portion of this situation is over tomorrow.

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Scientists rapidly produce mineral that pulls CO2 from the atmosphere

Scientists rapidly produce mineral that pulls CO2 from the atmosphere

Researchers have found a way to rapidly produce the mineral magnesite, which can be used as a long-term storage solution for harmful CO2 in the atmosphere. Magnesite forms slowly in nature, presenting issues around using the mineral to deal with atmospheric CO2. However, researchers have presented a way to rapidly increase magnesite formation, opening the door to a potentially more economical way to address climate change.

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160m year old coral algae symbiosis is being killed by this sunscreen

160m year old coral algae symbiosis is being killed by this sunscreen

It would seem that the symbiotic relationship between coral and algae is 100 million years older than previously believed. That's what's said by a bit of new research published this week in the scientific publication Current Biology. This is the same relationship - and creatures - destroyed by a couple of popular sorts of sunscreen effectively banned in Hawaii just this year.

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Earth isn’t big enough to sustain a global American diet

Earth isn’t big enough to sustain a global American diet

The diet recommended by the US Department of Agriculture would be unsustainable if adopted across the globe, a new study warns. Earth lacks the landmass necessary to sustain the agriculture necessary for a worldwide Western diet. Researchers estimate the planet would require a new piece of land approximately the size of Canada to feed the global population.

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Lab-grown meat market launch may happen in 2021

Lab-grown meat market launch may happen in 2021

Food technology company Mosa Meat is hoping to bring its lab-grown meat to the market in 2021, it has announced. The company, which is located in the Netherlands, has raised about $8.7 million dollars to help fund its goal, which will involve developing a way to produce the meat at a much lower cost than existing methods. The goal highlights rapid growth in the budding market, coming only a handful of years after the first lab-grown burger was produced in 2013.

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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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