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China’s booming renewable energy market set to blow away emissions targets by 2020

“China originally intended to slash its carbon emissions per GDP unit by an ambitious 40-45% of 2005 levels by the year 2020, but now it’s looking like the final figure will be even higher. As of the end of 2015, China’s wind installations were generating an all-time global record of 32.5 gigawatts, 20.7 of which came online in 2014 alone.”

New law in Italy forces supermarkets to donate unsold food to those in need

“Italy’s government is preparing to approve a measure that will require supermarkets to donate unsold food to those in need. Following in the footsteps of France, where a similar law became effective earlier this year, the arguably food-obsessed Mediterranean nation seeks to cut down on the enormous amounts of food that go to waste each year. The proposed legislation will require supermarkets to donate unsold or unused food to organizations that use it to feed hungry people, making it both a win for the environment, society and the economy.”

World’s largest ‘mosquito factory’ in China to release 20 million bugs a week

“Mosquitoes may be small, but they are a pretty big problem when it comes to public health in many areas of the globe. Now, a Chinese ‘mosquito factory’ is doing something about it that may become a widespread practice: releasing millions of male mosquitoes each week so they can breed with wild female mosquitoes and eventually kill off the species. How will that work, exactly? The mosquitoes they release will be infected with a bacteria that results in infertile eggs in female offspring, so after a few generations, the numbers will fall dramatically.”

New Wheelys 4 bike café cleans smoggy air and turns coffee grounds into fertilizer

“Wheelys just unveiled an incredible wind and solar-powered bike cafe with a built-in air purifier that sucks in smoggy city air and releases fresh, clean air. It also transforms used coffee grounds into plant fertilizer — allowing owners to pack the grounds into easy-to-plant seed cubes that can be buried anywhere.”

One in four deaths related to environmental issues, according to the WHO

“A new study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) says that nearly one in four deaths are linked to environmental causes and are avoidable. The agency’s new report is the first comprehensive evaluation of environmental health risks since 2006, and it concludes that some 12.6 million people die each year from diseases and injuries related to environmental risks. Increases in air pollution, as well as climate change and chemical exposure, all contribute to deaths that the WHO says could be prevented.”

Farming preschool would teach kids how to grow their own food

“Part farm and part school, “Nursery Fields Forever” offers three approaches to learning: learning from nature, learning from technique, and learning from practice. “We think that kids should enjoy nature,” said Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta to Fast Company. “So we designed this strange school: No classrooms, but open spaces where vegetables grow inside and animals can come in too. It’s a mixing of the two things, school and nature.” The school is designed as a cluster of gabled buildings that overlook a variety of garden plots and livestock pens.”

Humane Society’s “Day of Giving” is March 31
“Every dollar raised provides pets in underserved communities with essential care.”

Teen scientists make health, environmental breakthroughs

“At the recent Intel Science Talent Search, high schoolers around the country showed off the various ways they were using math and science to solve the world’s issues. Top awards, with prizes of $150,000 each, went to three students whose projects went leaps and bounds beyond the old science fair triboard, creating applicable solutions to real-world health and environmental issues.”

Gymnast with 1 leg defies the odds

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About D.Dinius

I am big on education, animals, and nature. So following that sentence I think it's important to be smart and animals and nature bring clarity and a calmness to things. I am new to actually paying attention and having opinions. This has been building well for about the last year. :)

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