November 19, 2012 in Change, Earth, Environment, Finance, Good News, Green, Nature
The Finally Good News blog was established to find a special niche in the transmission of information, namely news items in technology, science or the environment; or unbelievably in the political sphere, that somehow transcend the negative downward spiral of most reportage and some could even argue, our societies. And there is much to cheer about out there.
But, even the optimists in our ranks (of which there are many) must pause for a moment when the idea of irreversible climate change means a reduction in not air, trees or even decent weather… but rather coffee! Read the rest of this entry →
October 22, 2012 in Change, Earth, Environment, Finance, Good News, Green, Nature
The ever-evolving dilemma of climate change has put an incredible strain on scientists and politicians to navigate ‘a way out of this.’ Europe and its leaders have largely been at the forefront of adapting new means to approach our finite resources – North America and the Far East, by contrast, are seemingly always looking for ways to avoid stringent new measures to cap . The reasons for this delay are partly technological, but mainly financial and constituency-related: don’t rock the boat, there’s an election approaching.
Biofuels are an example of what only a few years ago, were heralded to be a significant breakthrough in managing our population’s fuel needs responsibly. Read the rest of this entry →
June 18, 2012 in Change, Earth, Environment, Good News, Green
“What needs to happen for the future is a more concerted effort by the public to be involved with the policymakers – it’s easier than ever, with social media outlets – but it will also take more than painted faces and a few bongo players at the OWS rallies…”
The recent Rio+20 meeting of the leaders of the developed and developing world has already had somewhat of a divisive and muted response from the press and analysts. The 50-page text is still not completed by the time of this post, however, so the efforts of those involved cannot yet be properly assessed. The seemingly insurmountable problems of climate change, population growth and monetary inequalities are enough for one country to effectively deal with, much less all of the world’s nations. As was expected, the developed side of the coin – U.S., UK et al – managed to negotiate themselves out of firmly committing to climate objectives or providing a dollar amount to be given to the developing world for ‘going green.’
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May 8, 2012 in Earth, Environment, Finance, Good News
“60 per cent of Africans still live in rural areas and 80 per cent of those rely on groundwater systems…”
Recently reported in the news, scientists have discovered massive underground reserves of water throughout the continent of Africa. This initially seems like a fairy tale ‘science find,’ and in some ways it is. And it isn’t just Africa that is looking at a very serious problem in the upcoming years, with an exploding population and climate change to contend with. Water is becoming the new gold, and will increasingly be seen as a hugely precious commodity. So this find stands to change the lives of potentially millions of people in a poverty-stricken land? Yes, but as it is with many basic diseases that the west has dealt with long ago, the question is finding the finance to get to the water.
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April 22, 2012 in Change, Earth, Environment, Technology
“The UK government has already agreed to put a £1bn towards the initiative and many other nations, like Sweden and the U.S. are hard at work with pilot programs already under way…”
Imagine all of the greenhouse gases that are destroying the atmosphere being captured and stored underground, before they reach the skies. It’s plausible and beginning to happen – moving from the research level to potentially revolutionizing a multitude of industries, according to a recent UK report. If governments can get behind the new technological advancements taking place with CCS (and that, of course, means large financial allocations), climate change may be slowed, or potentially quelled. Read the rest of this entry →