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The EPA just suspended environmental rules indefinitely, citing coronavirus

The EPA just suspended environmental rules indefinitely, citing coronavirus

An announcement from the EPA* effectively suspended environmental rules for organizations in the USA for an indefinite amount of time. The EPA's document claims that because the COVID-19 pandemic is constraining the abilities of groups normally regulated by the EPA, that those groups will not be subject to the same rules as normal. This "temporary policy" is in effect until the EPA says it's done.

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Starbucks will offer plant-based meat sandwich starting in Canada

Starbucks will offer plant-based meat sandwich starting in Canada

Starbucks is the latest franchise to get on the fake-meat bandwagon, according to an announcement from the company on Thursday. The coffee chain will source its plant-based meat from Beyond Meat, the same company supplying meat-free patties to McDonald's and select other restaurants. Starbucks will first offer its plant-based food items in Canada starting later this spring season.

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Fossil fuels result in more methane than expected, but there’s good news

Fossil fuels result in more methane than expected, but there’s good news

Human activity involving fossil fuels has been a much bigger contributor to climate change than previously thought, a new study from the University of Rochester has found. Methane is a greenhouse gas that, compared to carbon dioxide, doesn't last very long in the atmosphere. However, and as with other greenhouse gases, it does trap heat, contributing to the harmful warming of our planet.

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Jeff Bezos announces $10 billion Earth fund targeting climate change

Jeff Bezos announces $10 billion Earth fund targeting climate change

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and the world's richest person, has committed $10 billion under his newly announced Bezos Earth Fund. In an announcement on Instagram today, Bezos stated that he wants 'to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change on this planet we all share.' Bezos indicates that the $10 billion is just the start of his financial investment into the planet.

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Delta will spend $1 billion to become the first carbon neutral airline

Delta will spend $1 billion to become the first carbon neutral airline

Delta Airlines has announced intentions to become the first carbon-neutral airline across its global operations. The company has pledged $1 billion that will be used over the next decade to reach this goal, which will cover Delta's land and air operations. According to the company, 98-percent of its emissions come from aircraft; in order to neutralize this, the company plans to reduce its carbon footprint and more.

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Nike Space Hippie shoes are made from fabric and foam scraps

Nike Space Hippie shoes are made from fabric and foam scraps

Nike has introduced a new product called Space Hippie that it describes as 'exploratory footwear.' This product is made using scrap material that builds up at factories, putting those waste products to better use. The product's name refers to the stereotypical 'hippie' association with caring about the environment and the use of material scraps that are sort of like 'space junk.'

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Another two big fast food chains are serving up plant-based meat

Another two big fast food chains are serving up plant-based meat

Fast food franchises Carl's Jr and Hardees (both chains owned by the same parent company CKE) plan to offer consumers new breakfast options that feature plant-based meats. In an announcement on Wednesday, CKE announced that Carl's Jr has seen considerable success with its existing Beyond Famous Star burgers, which features plant-based patties, at more than 6.7 million units sold, making it the company's most successful product in two years.

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Plant-based meat trend expands to two popular frozen food brands

Plant-based meat trend expands to two popular frozen food brands

The plant-based meat trend has expanded to cover another two popular frozen food brands: Stouffer's and DiGiorno. The launch of new meatless pizza and lasagna products underscores the popularity of this new diet trend, one that has resulted in the rise of companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meats, as well as the gradual and increasingly widespread arrival of meat-alternative foods in restaurants.

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Reebok reveals its first high-performance plant-based running shoes

Reebok reveals its first high-performance plant-based running shoes

Footwear company Reebok has introduced its first pair of plant-based performance running shoes, the Forever Floatride GROW. Its somewhat clunky and unusual name aside, the new shoe features an appealing golden and cream-colored aesthetic; it is made from plant-based materials like BLOOM algae foam and sustainably sourced eucalyptus tree materials. The shoes will go on sale next year.

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Pizza Hut Incogmeato pizza launches with plant-based sausage

Pizza Hut Incogmeato pizza launches with plant-based sausage

Pizza Hut is the latest fast-food franchise to test plant-based meat on a food product. In this case, Pizza Hut has unveiled its new 'Incogmeato' sausage pizza, a pie that features the company's 'Garden Specialty' toppings; it is served in a special round 'box,' as well, that can be composted when it's no longer needed. The pizza is offered as part of a test that is currently live in one of the company's Phoenix stores.

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We test out the Diamondback Haanjo adventure bicycle: Learning to love gravel

We test out the Diamondback Haanjo adventure bicycle: Learning to love gravel

A roostertail of dust sprouts out behind me as I bomb down a gravel road, speeding down a steep hill in the woods as fast as I possibly can go. And it is fast. I’m blazing. My gaze strays to a tree at the apex of an upcoming curve and I briefly imagine the crunch of bone and carbon if I were run into that oak at this velocity.

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BioBag’s compostable biofilm uses corn starch to keep veggies fresh

BioBag’s compostable biofilm uses corn starch to keep veggies fresh

A variety of fresh food products are sold wrapped in polyethylene plastic wrap, which is good for helping keep the food fresh, but ultimately bad for the environment. In an effort to cut down on plastic waste, a newly developed product from BioBag Australia uses non-GMO corn starch and other plant-sourced substances to keep vegetables fresh without problematic plastics. The environmentally-friendly product is already being used in Australia.

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