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Over a tenth of Danish agricultural land now organic
20 March 2019 - Never before has organic agricultural land been as popular in Denmark as it is currently, according to a new report from the Landbrugsstyrelsen agricultural agency. The report reveals that 10.5 percent of land reserved for agriculture in Denmark has been transformed into organic land, and there are now close to 4,000 organic farmers in the country. (more)

Organic farming is on the rise in the U.S.
20 March 2019 - There were more than 14,000 certified organic farms in the United States in 2016, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This represents a 56 percent increase from 2011, the earliest comparable year. And while California remains king when it comes to the number of organic farms, several other states saw dramatic growth in organic farming over this time, particularly in the South. (more)

Philippines: Cagayan organic farmers get certificates
20 March 2019 - The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Cagayan Valley (Region 2) has awarded certificates to organic practitioners after they complied with the standards set by the Organic Certification Center of the Philippines (OCCP). OCCP said its primary purpose is to serve as a certification and inspection body for food and food products, and agricultural inputs such as fertilizer, pesticide, feeds, among others. (more)

In a first, a woman wins math's most prestigious prize
19 March 2019 - Karen Uhlenbeck, a mathematician and professor at the University of Texas, has been awarded this year's Abel Prize, a mathematics prize modeled after the Nobels. It's the first time the prize has gone to a woman. The Abel Prize is awarded by the King of Norway to mathematicians who have greatly influenced their field, and includes a cash award of 6 million Norwegian kroner (about $700,000). The first prize was awarded in 2003. (more)

US professor is first woman to be awarded math's top prize
19 March 2019 - An American professor has become the first woman to be awarded the Abel Prize, one of the world's most prestigious international mathematics awards. The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced in Oslo on Tuesday (19 March) that Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas at Austin was this year's winner of the prize, seen by many as the Nobel Prize in mathematics. (more)

Engineers develop cheap, simple tests for car emissions
18 March 2019 - Engineers working to tackle carcinogenic pollution from cars have developed cheap and simple devices to test the effectiveness of particle filters, which could help take toxic vehicles off roads without resorting to blanket bans. ... Regulators also need to find inexpensive ways to measure real-world emissions without installing costly equipment. (more)

In Saint Lucia, Britain's Prince Charles touts 'blue economy'
18 March 2019 - On the first leg of his Caribbean tour, Britain's Prince Charles touted a 'vital blue economy,' built on sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, as part of the solution to climate change, noting that rising sea levels represent an especially severe threat to nearby island nations. The Prince, an outspoken environmentalist, in a speech shortly after arriving called attention to efforts to create sustainable agriculture and hailed local entrepreneurs taking risks to protect the environment (more)

These 11 companies are leading the way to a circular economy
17 March 2019 - The circular economy is more than just a buzz phrase. With the global population predicted to approach 9 billion people by 2030, we are using more resources than the planet can provide. Our future depends on reusing what we have in a sustainable way. Fortunately one resource that is unlimited is innovation, and many companies are developing ingenious ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. (more)

California leads the way as US installs more than 10 gigawatts of solar power in 2018
17 March 2019 - The U.S. installed 10.6 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic capacity in 2018, according to a new report from Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). 'The total amount of solar installed in America is on track to more than double in the next five years, proving solar's resiliency and its economic strength,' [said the SEIA's president and CEO, Abigail Ross Hopper]. (more)

Canadians want majority of new cars to be electric, expect it in future, survey says
17 March 2019 - A new poll of driving-age Canadians shows strong support for electric cars, and strong expectations that EVs will become the norm in the future. The poll, conducted by Clean Energy Canada, shows that 64 percent of Canadians would prefer electric vehicles to be the majority of vehicles sold in the future. Furthermore, 72 percent of Canadians believe EVs will become the majority of cars sold around the world. (more)

Volkswagen boosts electric vehicle production by 50 percent with 22 million BEVs by 2029
17 March 2019 - Likening his company to a 'supertanker...picking up speed,' Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said Tuesday (12 March) that the automaker is increasing by 50 percent the number of electric vehicles it plans to produce over the next decade. The goal is to build 22 million battery electric vehicles, or BEVs, over the next decade, up from a previous target of 15 million, he said. (more)

India: Hyderabad to get more electric buses
15 March 2019 - The services of most electric buses in the city are limited to routes leading to the airport, which has been raising concerns among commuters, compelling them to ask, when the buses would operate properly in the city. Commuters have been demanding the introduction of electric buses through social media platforms as well. (more)

US: North Carolina's solar power output grew 36 percent in 2018; No. 2 solar state in the country
15 March 2019 - A newly released government report says the annual solar energy production in North Carolina jumped 36 percent in 2018, firmly placing North Carolina as the No. 2 solar-producing state in the nation. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) confirmed North Carolina's 36 percent growth, which significantly outpaced other leading solar states. North Carolina was third in the nation for connecting new solar projects in 2018. (more)

US: Toyota driving demand for solar power in Ohio Valley
15 March 2019 - Automaker Toyota is planning to announce a major investment in solar and other renewable energy in Appalachia and the Southeastern U.S. The plan includes a massive new solar facility on an old surface coal mine property in Kentucky. At 100 megawatts, the site would be largest solar array in Kentucky. The project ... will be built on a 700-acre reclaimed surface mine site and could create between 50 and 100 renewable-energy jobs in a region still reeling from the loss of coal employment. (more)

Sweden's emissions-free ferries lead the charge
14 March 2019 - A quiet revolution has taken place in the Oresund Strait between Sweden and Denmark where two of the world's largest battery-powered ferries ply the waters after being converted from polluting diesel power. The route handles more than 7 million passengers and almost 2 million vehicles each year with crossings every 15 minutes. (more)

Canadians want to see electric vehicles become mainstream over gasoline, poll finds
14 March 2019 - British Columbians lead the country when it comes to wanting more electric cars than gas vehicles on the road, according to a new poll. The survey, commissioned by Clean Energy Canada, looked at how many Canadians want to see electric vehicles become mainstream and how soon they see it happening. Nationally, 64 per cent of people polled said they'd prefer to see electric vehicles overtake gasoline-powered vehicles in the future. (more)

US: California declared totally drought free for first time in seven years
14 March 2019 - California was declared totally drought free for the first time in more than seven years on Thursday, following unusually abundant winter rains and snowfall statewide, according to the government's weekly report on U.S. drought conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor's latest survey reflected an astonishing turnaround -- at least for now -- from a severe, prolonged dry spell that reduced irrigation supplies to farmers, forced strict household conservation measures, and stoked a spate of ... devastating wildfires. (more)

Astronomers discover 83 supermassive black holes in the early universe
13 March 2019 - Astronomers from Japan, Taiwan, and Princeton University have discovered 83 quasars powered by supermassive black holes in the distant universe, from a time when the universe was less than 10 percent of its present age. (more)

Canada: South Okanagan organic farmer wins Farmers' Market Vendor of the Year
12 March 2019 - Gordon Forbes and his family have been farming the [Okanagan Valley] for nearly half a century, with more than half of that time doing it all organically. The British Columbia Association of Farmers' Markets celebrated the best of British Columbia with the sixth annual BC Farmers' Market Awards and Forbes was on that list. Forbes Farm won the Farmers' Market Vendor of the Year award. Forbes Farm has been a certified organic organic farmer for 21 years. (more)

India: Delhi announces tender for 385 electric buses in two clusters
12 March 2019 - Ramping up its efforts to curb the deteriorating air quality in the national capital, the Transport Department, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD), has now issued a tender for electric buses. The transport department has tendered a total of 385 electric buses under two clusters. This tender is a result of the grant of approval from Delhi Cabinet for the procurement of 1,000 low-floor electric buses. Overall 1,000 low-floor electric buses will be procured for Delhi. (more)

India: Delhi govt releases global tenders for 375 electric buses to fight air pollution in the city
12 March 2019 - Delhi government had earlier announced its plans to incorporate a total of 1,000 electric buses in the city's transportation network. An effort towards curbing the air pollution in the capital region, the government has now floated global tenders for 375 electric buses out of these under two clusters. (more)

Vienna waltzes to quality of living win for 10th year
12 March 2019 - The Austrian capital Vienna has topped Mercer's index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row. Being medium-sized, safe, and relatively green are some of the features it shares with second-placed Zurich ... as well as with Auckland, Munich, and Vancouver, which came joint third. (more)

Volkswagen moves to rapidly increase production of electric cars
12 March 2019 - Volkswagen plans to rapidly increase its production of electric cars as it tries to transform itself from an emissions cheat to a leader in bringing battery-powered transportation to the masses. The company will build 22 million electric cars through 2028, Herbert Diess, Volkswagen's chief executive, said Tuesday (12 March) at a news conference at company headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. The company, which currently sells only a small number of electric cars, has set a new goal well above the 15-million-vehicle mark it had previously forecast. (more)

Dairy firm Arla plans to cut carbon emission by 30 percent over the next decade
10 March 2019 - Farmers' cooperative Arla Foods, one of the world's biggest dairy firms, plans to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent over the next decade to meet rising demand from consumers for more sustainable products, it said on Sunday (10 March). Arla is owned by 10,300 farmers in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Arla plans to switch to more sustainable operations such as renewable energy, sustainable packaging, and lower waste production, while farmers can plant more trees and bushes to help absorb carbon and improve biodiversity. (more)

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