Change in Ontario planning regulations could kill millions of birds along the Atlantic Flyway

Read the full story from Treehugger.

The government of Ontario, Canada introduced Bill 23 (“More Homes Built Faster Act”) to remove restrictions that they claim are driving up the cost of housing and slowing construction. There are many parts of the act that are causing shock and horror among environmentalists and urbanists in Ontario, but there are some that have a much wider reach than just the province.

One of the major features of the act is to remove the authority of municipalities to develop their own green standards that differ from the provincial standards. When questioned, the office of the Housing Ministry told The Star that “if municipalities create their own standards, this patchwork of energy efficiency and other requirements reduces consistency and erodes affordability.”

One of those municipal standards that are threatened is Toronto’s Bird Friendly Guidelines. Toronto and the land around it are smack in the middle of the Atlantic Flyway, a major migration route running from the Arctic to South America, with many of them flying over New York City.

Solar superpowers, wind warriors and hydro heroes: How communities are embracing renewable energy

Read the full story from the United Nations.

The economic, societal and environmental benefits of renewable energy are numerous – It is available in abundance, cheaper and a healthier option for us and our planet. 

As technology and access to renewable energy sources – such as solar, wind, water, heat and biomass – improve, many more countries and communities are embracing their use not only to power their homes, schools, hospitals and workplace, but also as a viable option for employment and business opportunities. 

Learn more about types and benefits of renewable sources of energy.

Latest data from the International Renewable Energy Agency and the International Labour Organization shows that employment in the renewable energy sector reached 12.7 million in 2021, a jump of 700,000 new jobs in just 12 months, despite the lingering effects of COVID-19 and the worsening energy crisis. 

Let’s take a spin around the world and look at the growing demand for the power of renewables. 

World’s largest compressed air energy storage project goes online in China

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The Chinese Academy of Sciences has switched on a 100 MW compressed air energy storage system in China’s Hebei province. The facility can store more than 132 million kWh of electricity per year.

First commercial-scale sand battery goes online in Finland

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The first commercial-scale solution for sand battery energy storage has been built as part of Vatajankoski Oy’s district heating network. It is touted by Fingrid as the world’s first sand battery built for commercial use, and is involved in the Finnish TSO’s balancing power market.

Cape Town now officially has the highest building in the world made with hemp

Read the full story at Business Insider South Africa.

The 12-storey at 84 Harrington Street in Cape Town has been named as the world’s tallest to be constructed from hempcrete blocks and hemp building materials. The property was bought in 2016 by Hemporium’s Duncan Parker with the idea of having it as the brand’s flagship store and “Hemp Hotel”. Hempcrete blocks, made from the woody core of the cannabis plant and a formulated lime mix, are carbon negative, with more carbon taken out of the atmosphere by the growth of the cannabis plant than emitted by its production. The plant-based building material also has great thermal insulation qualities, lowering the need for heating and cooling systems which saves on energy bills.

Environment ministry creating genetic database of captive elephants to curb illegal trade: Officials

Read the full story at the New Indian Express.

A large number of captive elephants in India are privately owned and a majority of them are used for commercial or ceremonial purposes and rituals.

Why Brazil’s election is a major victory in the fight against climate change

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Under Bolsonaro, deforestation of the Amazon soared to a 15-year high, with scientists warning that the world’s largest rainforest was nearing a tipping point beyond which there would be irreversible consequences for the entire planet.

This museum’s new facade is built from bricks made of city waste

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Waste from the city of Ghent, Belgium, is being turned into the building blocks of a major cultural institution. For a renovation and expansion of the Design Museum Gent, an innovative new recycling process is turning old bits of broken concrete and glass into the bricks that will cover the museum’s exterior. And due to the local sourcing of base materials and the way the bricks harden, the material has just one-third the embodied carbon of a typical brick.

Wind turbine blade recycling plant project receives EU recognition

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The first blade recycling plant project presented in Spain has received recognition from the European Union, granting aid of more than 12 million euros to the consortium in which the project is immersed.

The consortium led by Endesa and PreZero aims to allocate recycled material to the production of new products, thus closing the circle of a new useful life.

The new recycling plant that will be located in Cubillos del Sil (León), is part of Endesa’s Futur-e Plan for the Compostilla thermal power plant currently being dismantled.

Maximizing Europe’s green hydrogen supply

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The EU will need both locally produced and imported hydrogen to keep industrial sites operational while replacing gas, coal, and oil in energy-intensive sectors.