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Our favorite stories for the week of July 13th

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Big Blue Bus has converted its fleet to renewable natural gas: The City of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus (BBB) announced that it has become one of the country’s first municipal transit authorities to convert its fleet to renewable natural gas (RNG), rated 90% cleaner than diesel and considered the cleanest transportation fuel available. Get the details here
Big Blue Bus, Fueling a Renewable Future One Bus at a Time (Photo: Business Wire)
Big Blue Bus, Fueling a Renewable Future One Bus at a Time (Photo: Business Wire)

 

Start-up turns methane from manure into eco-friendly plastic: What if you could pluck pollution out of the air — like the methane gas emitted from cow manure — and create plastics? Newlight Technologies converts greenhouse gas emissions into high-performance, cost- effective thermoplastics. Find out more about the extraordinary process here

Mark Herrema is CEO of Newlight Technologies, a Costa Mesa company that uses methane, a greenhouse gas, to make plastic. GINA FERAZZI, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Mark Herrema is CEO of Newlight Technologies, a Costa Mesa company that uses methane, a greenhouse gas, to make plastic. GINA FERAZZI, LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

Turning Trash into Treasure: 6 Startups Reducing Food Waste: These startup companies are working to solve big challenges when it comes to global food production. Resources like fresh water availability, arable land and oil are limited, and we must produce enough food to feed over 7 billion people. Yet, one third of the food we produce globally is wasted.  Learn more here about some of the exciting startup companies working to combat food waste.


 

Waste Disposal Mobile App Created By Nigerian Girls Wins Big At The Global Technovation Challenge 2015: A group of Nigerian teenage girls competing as the Charis Team, have emerged winners at the just concluded Global Technovation Challenge 2015 held in San Francisco, USA, with their Discardious app . The competition featured young girls from around the world aged between 10 to 18 years old. The contestants were tasked to come up with a mobile app that solved a challenge faced by their community. Find out more about the contest here and watch the team’s video submission.

via Woman.ng


How cutting food waste could help the climate: The planet is producing a third more food than it consumes, stoking global warming as forests give way to crops and freight grows. Greenhouse gases given off over the lifetime of all discarded produce total 3.3 billion tonnes of CO2 a year, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. That would make it the third largest emitter if it were a country, behind China and the US. Find out more on how to dial down excess emissions and combat climate change here.

Food scraps in a dumpster. 800 million people live in extreme hunger worldwide (Wikimedia commons)
Food scraps in a dumpster. 800 million people live in extreme hunger worldwide (Wikimedia commons)

 

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