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Mining the sea floor, net-zero plans in Manchester and sustainable public toilets

Mining the sea floor, net-zero plans in Manchester and sustainable public toilets

Japan’s grand plans to mine deep-sea vents – BBC

Japan's need for ore is leading to some unusual ideas. Mining deep sea vents is one option gathering momentum. Without careful research of the marine environments it's likely to affect, environmental disaster might follow.

Source: Japan’s grand plans to mine deep-sea vents – BBC

Oregon city to launch online community climate action survey – KTVZ

The city of Bend is asking residents to contribute to its strategy to tackle fossil fuel use. It's another city that's bypassing US Federal ambivalence to the consequences of climate change.

Source: Oregon city to launch online community climate action survey – KTVZ

New Iron Molecule Key to Cheaper Solar Energy – Design News

An abundant ore that's easy to source, Iron hasn't been usable in solar cells until now. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden may have found a way to change this, potentially reducing solar energy's reliance on expensive and increasingly scarce materials.

Source: New Iron Molecule Key to Cheaper Solar Energy – Design News

Have you seen this unique house before? – TSEM Rinpoche

This incredible apartment block in Turin, Italy, provides much needed housing and breaks up the city's "grey block" urban housing.

Source: Have you seen this unique house before? – TSEM Rinpoche

We’re drowning in plastic and nobody seems to mind – Helen Tandy

Local communities can drive change in the fight against plastic. In Chester, more than 30 businesses have signed up to the city's "Plastic Free" status and over 70 have stopped using plastic straws. A great example of how a community can drive change with hard work and local commitments.

Source: We’re drowning in plastic and nobody seems to mind – Helen Tandy

Commercial Restrooms: Status Check For Green Restrooms – Facility Executive

Public toilets are heavily used and often built with durability at the forefront of design. Yet a new generation of products are bringing sustainability into the mix - whether it's urinal, stall or the humble tap.

Source: Commercial Restrooms: Status Check For Green Restrooms – Facility Executive

U.S. Carbon Emissions Surged in 2018 Even as Coal Plants Closed – The New York Times

With environmental regulations being cut, it is any wonder the "world's worst polluter" got worse?

Source: U.S. Carbon Emissions Surged in 2018 Even as Coal Plants Closed – The New York Times

5 Easy Bathroom Swaps You Can Make This Year To Help The Planet – Huffpost

Simple changes to your lifestyle can have big impacts. These will make your bathroom more sustainable without affecting hygiene and cleanliness.

Source: 5 Easy Bathroom Swaps You Can Make This Year To Help The Planet – Huffpost

Manchester commits to making all new buildings ‘net-zero’ by 2028 – edie.net

The UK's "second city" has published a draft plan that will dramatically reduce its impact on the environment. Could its bold plans be a blueprint for other cities to follow?

Source: Manchester commits to making all new buildings ‘net-zero’ by 2028 – edie.net

Canadian farmer ditches diesel for a solar-powered tractor – The Star

While electric cars gain press and attention, EVs are emerging in other sectors. This Ontario farmer has been putting an electric tractor through its paces and while it cost more to buy, the operating costs are offering a significant saving.

Source: Canadian farmer ditches diesel for a solar-powered tractor – The Star

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