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Germany commits to coal-free power, diesel becomes ink in India, New Zealand blighted by campervans

Germany commits to coal-free power, diesel becomes ink in India, New Zealand blighted by campervans

Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy – Los Angeles Times

Finally Europe's largest economy has fixed a date to end coal-fired energy production. That's not until 2038 though, and in the meantime there will need to be substantial investment in renewables and protecting communities affected by closures and changes in industry.

Source: Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy – Los Angeles Times

Green bonds: good for the City, pointless for the environment – Financial News

Impact Investing - balancing cash returns with positive environmental impacts - has grown in popularity over the past two or three years. But are these "green bones" as good as they say they are? And what can investors do to make sure they choose bonds that are genuinely having a positive impact on the environment?

Source: Green bonds: good for the City, pointless for the environment – Financial News

Turning diesel to ink in India – UN Environment

In India, diesel generators can be the main source of power for homes and run for anything up to 8 hours a day. They create horrific pollution, a toxic mix of fine particles and gasses that cause significant environmental damage. Chakr Innovation could have a solution: capturing the particles in the exhaust and turning them into useful ink.

Source: Turning diesel to ink in India – UN Environment

WON Platform to Turn Crypto Community into Socially Responsible One – CoinSpeaker

There's a substantial environmental cost to Bitcoin and other "Cryptocurrencies". The amount of energy needed to maintain their networks exceeds that of a developed nation. Could a new open platform counter this high energy use?

Source: WON Platform to Turn Crypto Community into Socially Responsible One – CoinSpeaker

‘Dramatic growth’: UN reports surge in green laws since 1972 – Business Green

The global increase in legislation may be a positive step towards protecting the environment, but the picture is far from rosey. The same report found the implementation and enforcement of these laws was patchy, affected by underfunding and different political priorities and conflicts of interest.

Source: ‘Dramatic growth’: UN reports surge in green laws since 1972 – Business Green

Use high-quality coal in power plants: Environment ministry on CO2 release – Business Standard News

One way coal fired power stations can reduce their impact is using better quality coal. With 80% of its coal being supplied by a state owned company, India should be in a strong position to improve coal quality and reduce CO2 as its renewable infrastructure grows. That isn't the case though, as the industry has been complaining about coal quality for years. Is India finally ready to take action?

Source: Use high-quality coal in power plants: Environment ministry on CO2 release – Business Standard News

Grants don’t offset need for donations to food bank, community center – Wish TV

A 130 year old food bank in Indianapolis is running into problems. While donors for their "big projects" can be found, it's the day to day operations that are struggling to cope with demand. It's an unfortunate side-effect of how some charitable funds are structured and the conditions attached to their donations.

Source: Grants don’t offset need for donations to food bank, community center – Wish TV

The things they left behind: Why campervans are costing our environment – Newshub

A New Zealand doubles down on its efforts to protect its beauty, a problem lurks in the way the tourism industry works. Hoards of tourists criss-crossing the islands in campervans are leaving a trail of litter, some of it quite substantial. When it costs $50 to rent a $10 chair, is it surprising the government is planning action?

Source: The things they left behind: Why campervans are costing our environment – Newshub

Bengaluru: Solar panels find unusual suitor as elderly corn vendor makes smart switch to save environment – Times Mirror News

For 20 years,  75 year old Vidhan Soudha has been selling corn outside the Vidhan Soudha. She used to fan her product by hand, until an NGO provided her with a solar panel. It's made her work easier and means her small business will stay open longer.

Source: Bengaluru: Solar panels find unusual suitor as elderly corn vendor makes smart switch to save environment – Times Mirror News

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