New Zealand’s parliament has unanimously passed the Equal Pay Amendment Bill that ensures that women in historically underpaid female-dominated industries receive the same remuneration as men in different but equal-value work.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved the 9-8-8 suicide prevention hotline. Within 18 months, all Americans will be able to call this number to seek help if they are at risk of suicide.
The 40-story building will feature a steel exoskeleton complemented by Mass Timber Construction (MTC). The new features will cut daily energy consumption and the carbon embodied in its construction by 50%.
Ultimately, this significant shift in electricity generation caused a 23% drop in carbon dioxide emissions, a critical step forward in the fight against climate change.
In late June 2020, the Ocean Voyages Institute’s SV/KWAI returned from a 48-day journey to recover plastic waste from the North Pacific Gyre. It’s 103 ton haul of fishing nets and consumer plastics has made their voyage that largest ever ocean plastic cleanup, having more than doubled the Institute’s 2019 haul.
Only a few short years ago, such a system would have been deemed utterly preposterous and inconceivable. Now, as soon as next year, it could be a reality.
In late 2009, Christian Kroll of Germany created Ecosia, a search engine that uses its advertising revenue to plant trees all around the world and thus combat the climate crisis. This month Ecosia has planted it’s 100 millionth tree.
The new program is expected to divert 10 million tons, roughly 15% of all of the country’s waste, from landfills. To accomplish this goal, it will improve the efficiency of its recycling systems, while also facilitating the reuse of old products to manufacture new ones.
Unilever is one of the largest food and household goods companies in the world. It has now committed to adding carbon footprint labels to all 70,000 of its products, making it among the first major companies in the world to do so.
The U.S. Supreme Court has deemed 3 million acres in eastern Oklahoma as Native American land. Though an 1866 treaty committed this land to five tribes, the state has ignored this pact for over a century.