The Happiness Corner
Los Angeles takes steps to replace natural gas with renewables
February 13, 2019
Los Angeles will abandon a plan to replace three aging gas power plants along its coast with newer natural gas technology. Instead, the city will invest in renewable energy as it seeks to move away from fossil fuels, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday. On Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti held a press conference with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to announce his decision not to modernize the Scattergood, Haynes, and Harbor natural gas plants in the Los Angeles basin. The move is, in part, due to a 2010 California law that requires power plants to stop using ocean water for cooling. Initially, the plan called for modernizing the three plants with state-of-the-art technology that uses air for cooling. Mayor Garcetti argued that this is an opportunity for the city to reach its goal of being carbon-neutral by 2050.
Wisconsin becomes 20th state to join climate alliance designed to uphold Paris accord
February 12, 2019
Wisconsin on Tuesday became the 20th state to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a group of states working to uphold the Paris climate accord. “It’s time to lead our state in a new direction where we embrace science, where we discuss the very real implications of climate change, where we work to find solutions, and where we invest in renewable energy," Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) said in a news release. By joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, we will have support in demonstrating that we can take climate action while growing our economy at the same time.”
'We won': Landmark climate ruling as NSW court rejects coal mine
February 8, 2019
Environmental groups are cheering a decision in NSW's Land and Environment Court that found the emissions of greenhouse gases and resulting climate change from a proposed coal mine were among the reasons to reject the project. Brian Preston, chief judge of the court, handed down his judgment in a case between Gloucester Resources Ltd and the NSW Planning Minister in Sydney on Friday. He concluded the mine project was "in the wrong place at the wrong time".
The inspiring thing that happened when a Japanese village went almost waste-free
January 21, 2019
The village of Kamikatsu sits among verdant rice fields and mountainous forest on the Western Japanese island of Shikoku. With less than 1,700 residents, it’s the smallest village on the island, but for the last few years, has been garnering headlines around the world. For decades, the village had given little thought to processing its waste, either burning it in an open incinerator or burying it in the ground. A failed new incinerator project, however, forced the village to rethink its strategy and a lofty ambition was born - to become a zero-waste town by 2020. Today, more than 80% of the village’s waste is kept out of incinerators and landfill, but the transformation wasn’t easy or quick.