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India: Sundarbans women lead the way in making dairy farms organic
12 December 2018 - An organic dairy co-operative has helped improve the financial and social lives of numerous women in Sundarban region. Women members of the dairy co-operative society want to increase reliance on organic farming, turning to traditional agricultural practices. (more)

India's Mahindra doubles down on electric vehicles with new factory
12 December 2018 - Mahindra's Electric Mobility group is taking a leap into electric vehicles with the inauguration of its first Electric Technology Manufacturing Hub in Karnataka, India. The new facility is a tangible step forward in support of Mahindra's Future of Mobility vision of providing Clean, Connected and Convenient vehicles for customers. (more)

US: A rural Colorado coal county was struggling. Then a tech company brought new jobs
12 December 2018 - When a county's three coal mines shut down, the valley's tight knit little towns with folksy names ... faced the prospect of shuttered businesses and consolidating schools. Today [they] are undergoing an economic transformation. (more)

Electric car industry group says Californians have now purchased 500,000 EVs
12 December 2018 - In November, California reportedly crossed the 500,000 threshold for electric vehicles sold in the state since 2010. Months of strong US sales in 2018, preceded by a strong 2017, are starting to show a trend: electric vehicles are selling well, especially in places where there are strong monetary and non-monetary incentives to buy them. 'Overall, this year has seen exponential growth in electric car sales,' Veloz wrote. (more)

US: Colorado invests $10.33 million to install electric vehicle charging stations
12 December 2018 - Drivers of electric vehicles will soon have 33 additional sites to charge their vehicles in Colorado. The sites will be placed along six major transportation corridors. There are 15,000 electric vehicles or EV's registered in Colorado. According to the state's Electric Vehicle Plan, EV sales were up 73 percent in the first eight months of 2017 over the same time period in 2016. (more)

For Ugandan villagers, tradition and tourism help keep the peace with gorillas
11 December 2018 - Uganda is home to around half of the world's remaining mountain gorillas. Many indigenous groups in Uganda have traditional beliefs that encourage ape conservation. However, rapid population growth in the 20th century increasingly brought humans and gorillas into conflict. Today, conservation groups are working to harness traditional knowledge to protect apes, and to develop new techniques that allow humans and gorillas to peacefully coexist. (more)

The Bangladeshi tribe that's guarding turtles, co-authoring research papers
11 December 2018 - A team of indigenous parabiologists in Bangladesh's Chittagong Hill Tracts, documenting their forest's wildlife, have uncovered a surprisingly wide range of species. The parabiologists belong to the Mro ethnic group and work with the Creative Conservation Alliance co-founded by Shahriar Caesar Rahman and colleagues. The Mro parabiologists have become so crucial to the researchers' work that they are regularly listed as formal co-authors of scientific papers. (more)

US: TVA announces solar installations being built for Facebook
11 December 2018 - Tennessee and Alabama will get their largest solar power projects yet, to supply a Facebook data center in Huntsville, Alabama with 100 percent renewable energy. Officials with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced an agreement with two developers to build the electricity providers. (more)

Germany launches world's first hydrogen-powered train
10 December 2018 - Germany has rolled out the world's first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology. The two trains built by the French train maker Alstom are now operating on a 62 mile stretch of line in northern Germany. (more)

Bhutan's new organic food movement
10 December 2018 - Kesang Choedon has created an innovative organic and heritage food enterprise near Thimphu, the Bhutanese capital. Formerly a police officer, Choedon employs and trains 30 young women in processing and marketing of Bhutan's local food treasures. Choedon is eager to further expand her facilities, products and training to young Bhutanese people. (more)

Chile drives electric vehicle rollout in Latin America
9 December 2018 - massive cargo ship docked in the Chilean port of San Antonio at the end of November, carrying it its belly the first 100 electric buses from China that Chileans hope will revolutionize their public transport system. Chile's ambitious plan to face down its capital Santiago's notorious smog problem includes the rollout of electric scooters, cars, and taxis, as well as lorries for use in the mining industry. (more)

Argentina: Rio Negro produces the most organic food in country
7 December 2018 - Rio Negro has consolidated itself as the province that generates the most organic products in Argentina, as it accounts for 20 percent of the country's total organic production. There are 240 establishments in the province that are devoted to producing organic products, mainly pears and apples. 28 new organic establishments were certified in Rio Negro in 2017. This means there was a 13 percent annual increase. (more)

House in order: Carbon emissions from buildings level off
7 December 2018 - As climate-changing emissions continue to rise, lower pollution from greener buildings and construction are a bright spot. The UN Environment report called for more pledges to make building construction greener, in national climate action plans submitted for the 2015 Paris Agreement to curb climate change. (more)

More evidence fruits and greens can be good for the brain
6 December 2018 - Middle-aged men who eat lots of fruits and vegetables may be lowering their odds of cognitive problems as they get on in years, compared to peers who don't consume these foods very often, a U.S. study suggests. (more)

Construction begins on 66 MW solar park in Malawi
6 December 2018 - Malawi's President Peter Mutharika officially launched the construction of the 66 MW solar PV plant on Monday (6 December). According to local government-run Malawi News Agency, MANA, the project will be installed on a 160 hectare surface and will comprise 244,000 solar panels. It is expected to become operational within five months, according to the President. (more)

Joining a choir may help elders enjoy life
6 December 2018 - Singing in a community choir may provide some psychological benefit to seniors, a small study suggests. There were ... significant improvements in two components of the psychosocial evaluation among choir participants. People in this group were feeling less lonely, and they were more interested in life -- that is, their responses to survey questions indicated they were more interested in things, got more things done, were doing more interesting things, and felt more motivated. (more)

US: California gives final approval to require solar panels on new houses
6 December 2018 - Solar panels will be a required feature on new houses in California, after the state's Building Standards Commission gave final approval to a housing rule that's the first of its kind in the United States. The rule marks a new phase in California's environmental policies, which have often set trends and established standards nationwide. The state has set the goal of drawing 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources and sharply reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (more)

New Zealand PM Ardern launches new fund to spur green investment
5 December 2018 - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a new NZ$100 million ($69.28 million) green investment fund on Wednesday, aimed at boosting private-sector participation in a campaign to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050. (more)

World's largest container shipper Maersk aims to be CO2 neutral by 2050
5 December 2018 - Maersk, the world's biggest container shipper, aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, in a challenge to the rest of the world's fossil fuel-dependent fleet. Denmark's Maersk said on Wednesday (5 December) it aimed to have carbon neutral vessels commercially viable by 2030 by using energy sources such as biofuels and would cut its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. (more)

SolarPower Europe calls for 5 GW of EU solar module manufacturing
5 December 2018 - The European solar association has called on Europe to set up 5 GW of solar PV module manufacturing capacity to cater to the expected around 15 GW of annual demand. SolarPower Europe says it will put its key recommendations to European Commissioner for Energy, Miguel Arias Canete, in January at the next high level Clean Energy Industrial Forum. Over 35 leading EU solar industrial players are said to backing the call. (more)

Latin America grows fond of electric buses
4 December 2018 - Cities such as Santiago de Chile and Cali in Colombia have started using electric buses. Others like San Jose, Costa Rica, and Panama City are in the middle of pilot projects to make transportation cleaner. In Colombia, 125 electric buses were ordered for the city of Cali. In 2019, Costa Rica is to start a pilot project involving three electric buses that will commute between different cities. Argentina for its part is about to implement its own one-year pilot project involving eight electric buses. (more)

US: Stanford University to become 100 percent solar powered
4 December 2018 - Much like the mighty redwood tree featured in the school's logo, Stanford University, through a deal with developer Recurrent Energy, will now get all of its energy needs from the sun. Stanford now joins the University of Richmond and Massachusetts' Hampshire College as the only schools in the nation capable of entirely offsetting their electricity usage with solar. (more)

Georgia: Tbilisi to have 200 new electric buses from 2020
3 December 2018 - In 2020, the Georgian capital Tbilisi can expect an additional 200 new electric buses, said Mayor Kakha Kaladze on Monday while summing up one year's worth of work. (more)

US: Here's why more Wisconsin companies are adding rooftop solar energy panels
3 December 2018 - A growing number of Wisconsin companies ... are opting to address their power needs with solar-generated electricity. The most current data from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin shows that between 2008 and the third quarter of 2017, the number of solar photovoltaic installations on commercial and industrial buildings in the state increased almost ninefold, to 1,030 from 118. (more)

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