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'Resilient' refugees find freedom with Australian food business
22 October 2018 - Fair Food, which delivers around 1,000 organic fruit and vegetable boxes a week to customers around Melbourne, has workers from the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, Sri Lanka. Fair Food is the largest of 18 social enterprises -- businesses that seek to benefit society as well as turning a profit -- run by CERES, an environment park and farm ... in Melbourne. (more)

Indian state wins prize for showing 100 percent organic 'no longer a pipe dream'
22 October 2018 - India's first fully organic state won top prize in a U.N.-backed award on Friday (12 October), with organizers saying its policies had helped more than 66,000 farmers, boosted tourism, and set an example to other countries. The small Himalayan state of Sikkim on India's border with Tibet was declared fully organic in 2016 after phasing out chemical fertilizers and pesticides and substituting them with sustainable alternatives. (more)

It's a date: women-to-women business fund comes to UK
22 October 2018 - A women-to-women investment fund is coming to Britain next month to boost financing for female-owned businesses, its founder said on Thursday (18 October), as efforts grow to close the gender investing gap. SheEO has lent more than $2 million to 32 female social entrepreneurs in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand to grow their businesses since 2015 . . . 'SheEO wants to fund female innovators with great ideas to create stronger communities and a better world,' founder Vicki Saunders told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. (more)

A nonprofit is helping sea turtles trapped in fishing nets
21 October 2018 - Local Ocean Conservation, based in the town of Watamu, Kenya, is the only turtle rescue and rehabilitation center on the East African seaboard. Since its founding in 1997, it has protected about 1,000 nests, conducted more than 17,000 turtle rescues, and treated more than 480 turtles in its rehab center. (more)

MAN will invest euros 27.4 million in EV bus production in Poland
21 October 2018 - MAN [commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN Truck and Bus, headquartered in Munich, Germany] announced that the Lion's City E electric buses, unveiled at the 2018 IAA, will be produced in Starachowice, Poland from 2020. (more)

Global electrification goals are driving microgrid market
21 October 2018 - According to the Microgrid Market Growth Potential -- Industry Size Outlook Report 2024, the microgrid market is expected to reach $19 billion by 2024, nearly five times the original valuation of this business space in 2016. The market growth will be powered by the quest to deliver uninterrupted electricity to remote locations across the globe, where in some cases, electricity is a luxury. (more)

US: SamTrans prepares to roll out 10 electric buses in fleet-replacement program
21 October 2018 - A new battery-powered electric bus pulled out of the driveway at SamTrans' San Carlos headquarters Monday morning (15 October), its motor purring as it turned left onto El Camino Real. Designed by Burlingame manufacturer Proterra Inc., the bus is a replica of 10 that will roll out on the Peninsula next year, the first batch in the agency's effort to convert its entire fleet to zero emission vehicles by 2032. (more)

Crowdfunded solar panels aim to supercharge business in Africa
20 October 2018 - A system gives small investors cash and communities solar panels to launch businesses, without the big up-front costs. According to William Brent of Power for All, an organization that promotes broader access to clean electricity, crowdsourcing has become central in financing energy projects in Africa and Asia, raising millions of dollars. (more)

Istanbul vending machines offer subway credit for recycled bottles and cans
20 October 2018 - The city of Istanbul is installing 'reverse vending machines' at metro stations that allow passengers to add credit to their subway cards simply by inserting a plastic bottle or aluminum can into the machine. The initiative aims to encourage recycling in the city of more than 15 million people, where recycling practices are scant or indifferent. But the alternative way of paying to travel is sure to be welcomed by commuters ... (more)

Lidija Sekaric is solar's jack of all trades
20 October 2018 - Bucking convention that someone could only be a generalist or a specialist, Dr. Lidija Sekaric is solar's jack of all trades. Sekaric earned her PhD in applied physics, holds thirty U.S. patents, and has over forty scientific publications. In response to climate change, Sekaric brought her research scientist background to focus on solar in 2009, and she has been working in renewable energy ever since. (more)

India: 'Future' gold medal for Sikkim, the first 100% organic state
17 October 2018 - More than 66,000 farmers helped tourism; increased by 50% between 2016 and 2017; improved living conditions. These are the reasons why the Indian state of Sikkim, the first 100% biological state in the world, won the 2018 gold medal for 'policies that look to the future'. This is the 'Future Policy' award, given each year by the United Nations for political initiatives that 'create better conditions for present and future generations'. In 2016, the small state on the Himalayas chain was declared 'totally organic', after local governments decided to focus on organic farming by eliminating chemical fertilizers and pesticides. (more)

With solar farms and roof panels, Bangladesh inches toward green power goal
16 October 2018 - Bangladesh's electricity generation from renewable sources has passed the 5 per cent mark with the opening of a major new solar plant -- boosting hopes the country might meet its goal of getting 10 per cent of power from renewables by 2020, experts say. The new 28 megawatt solar power plant in Cox's Bazar District is the largest yet opened in the country, following the earlier construction of a 3 MW plant. (more)

US: 10 states now get at least 20 per cent of their electricity from solar and wind
15 October 2018 - Solar and wind energy now generate more than 20 per cent of electricity in 10 states, according to a new report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Iowa is at the top of the list, with 37 per cent of its electricity coming from wind and solar in 2017, followed by Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, all above 30 per cent, PV Magazine reported. (more)

World's northernmost battery-powered bus route starts in Luleå, Sweden
14 October 2018 - Cold climate is no obstacle for green battery commuting in the largest city in Sweden's northernmost county. No smell of diesel, no noise, no shaking from the engines. Passengers commuting to Luleå city centre from the suburbs of Kronan or Porön on board one of the five brand new electric busses will have a comfortable ride, the municipality reports. (more)

In bid for healthier cities, Ethiopia aims to boost urban green
11 October 2018 - For the past few years, several regions and cities in Ethiopia have been planting trees and increasing green spaces to improve the lives of their residents. Now the Ministry of Forestry, Environment and Climate Change (MoFEC) wants to build an integrated approach among local, regional and federal government institutions to spread the benefits of urban greening to even the most congested cities. Those benefits can include a cooler and shadier environment; less noise pollution as trees muffle the sounds of traffic, loud music and factories -- and fewer climate changing emissions in the atmosphere. (more)

Inside the 'Nicest Place in America,' a refugee-owned falafel shop in Tennessee
11 October 2018 - A falafel restaurant opened by a Syrian refugee in Tennessee has become a pillar in his community, and a gathering place for people from all backgrounds and walks of life to come together over food. Yassin's Falafel House in Knoxville was the winner of this year's Reader's Digest Nicest Place in America accolade. The sign posted at the entrance to Terou's restaurant reads: 'All sizes, all colors, all ages, all sexes, all cultures, all religions, all types, all beliefs, all people, safe here at Yassin's Falafel House.' (more)

World: In two months, Ikea sold 1 million of its new veggie hot dogs
11 October 2018 - At the food counter past the checkout lanes at Ikea stores, where the company sells giant frozen yogurt cones for a dollar and other snacks to keep guests satiated and ready to buy more sofas, it's now possible to buy a hot dog for just 75 cents. And the hot dog has no meat in it at all. Made from a blend of kale, red lentils, carrots, and ginger, and served on a soft bun slathered in sweet and spicy mustard, pickled red cabbage, and crispy onions, the vegan dog (the bun makes it just vegetarian) is designed in part to appeal to a growing number of customers who want to eat healthier and plant-based food. But it's also part of Ikea's much larger ambition to cut its carbon footprint. (more)

Bankset Energy announces GW-scale plans for solar railways the world over
10 October 2018 - Bankset Energy Corporation has ambitious plans to install gigawatts of solar PV on railway sleepers across the globe. While the first installation took place in Switzerland, work is underway on projects in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the United States, China and Italy; and gearing up in Austria and Spain. (more)

Netherlands: How Amsterdam's canal boats are going electric
9 October 2018 - By 2020, Amsterdam aims to have decreased energy consumption by 20 per cent and increased use of renewable energy by the same percentage. The electrification of canal cruise boats is a significant part of this plan. While retrofitting canal boats with electric engines and batteries is a time-consuming and expensive task, Amsterdam is hoping the cleaner air and waterways will attract more tourists, be better for wildlife, and contribute to carbon emission reduction targets. (more)

The Magic Kingdom is going green
9 October 2018 - The Walt Disney Company is just months away from generating enough renewable solar energy to fully power two of its four parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in central Florida, USA. However, Disney's solar and renewable efforts are not limited to Florida. In Tokyo, Disneyland's electrical parade light show is fueled by solar panels from eight building rooftops, which generate more than 600 kilowatts of power. In Europe, Disneyland Paris uses geothermal energy to power two of its theme parks and a hotel. (more)

Demand for Indian organic produce is high in global market: Radha Mohan Singh
8 October 2018 - Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh today (8 October) said that the demand for Indian organic produce is high in the global market. He was addressing at Jaivik Krishi Sammelan organized by the National Centre of Organic Farming at Pandit Deen Dayal Dham in Mathura. The Minister said, the Modi government is committed to promoting organic farming and is providing every possible help to farmers for the development of organic farming in the country. (more)

US economists win Nobel prize for work on climate and growth
8 October 2018 - The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said William Nordhaus and Paul Romer were being honoured for their research into two of the most 'basic and pressing' economic issues of the age. The academy said that the two men had won the prize, which is not one of those originally instigated by Alfred Nobel, because they had 'designed methods for addressing some of our time's most basic and pressing questions about how we create long-term sustained and sustainable economic growth'. The two men, it continued, had 'significantly broadened the scope of economic analysis by constructing models that explain how the market economy interacts with nature and knowledge'. (more)

US: Soon, gas stations will also have electric vehicle chargers
8 October 2018 - In the not-too-distant future, your local gas station may have chargers for electric cars near the gas pumps. Gilbarco Veeder-Root -- one of the largest suppliers of fuel dispensers to gas stations -- just invested in Tritium, an electric vehicle charging company. More electric cars sold in the U.S. in 2017 than ever before, and 2018 is on track to break that record. Tesla's Model 3 is the best-selling car, by revenue, in the country. In China last year, drivers bought nearly four times more electric cars than U.S. drivers. In Norway, electric cars and hybrids made up more than half of all vehicle sales. Overall, 40 per cent of Europeans say their next car will be electric. (more)

Electric cars feature strongly at Paris Motor Show
7 October 2018 - Electric models of leading car brands take the spotlight at the Paris Motor Show this year. Euronews science and technology correspondent Denis Loctier reports from the world's busiest automotive event. Tightening environmental regulations in many countries including France make zero-emission electric cars increasingly attractive. (more)

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