Solar Paint for Green Living, and More Food News

June 19, 2017
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Is Solar Paint the Next Big Thing in Green Living?
From RMIT University in Australia: “Researchers have developed a solar paint that can absorb water vapour and split it to generate hydrogen – the cleanest source of energy.” Developers say the paint “can convert a brick wall into energy harvesting and fuel production real estate. There’s no need for clean or filtered water to feed the system. Any place that has water vapour in the air, even remote areas far from water, can produce fuel.” – RMIT University

Trump Administration Shutters the Office of International Climate and Technology
“The Energy Department is closing an office that works with other countries to develop clean energy technology, another sign of the Trump administration’s retreat on climate-related activities after its withdrawal from the Paris agreement this month. The 11 staff members of the Office of International Climate and Technology were told this month that their positions were being eliminated, according to current and former agency employees. The office was formed in 2010 to help the United States provide technical advice to other nations seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” – New York Times

Amazon Buys Whole Foods Market for 13.7 Billion
Amazon jumps into the grocery business with this move. What does it mean for Whole Foods shoppers? The announcement confirms that “Whole Foods Market will continue to operate stores under the Whole Foods Market brand and source from trusted vendors and partners around the world. John Mackey will remain as CEO of Whole Foods Market and Whole Foods Market’s headquarters will stay in Austin, Texas.” – Whole Foods Market

Environmental Defense Fund Reports on Lead in Baby Food
“EDF analyzed 11 years of data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and found that food, and baby food in particular, is a meaningful – and surprising - source of lead. If it were eliminated completely, we estimate the societal benefits at more than $27 billion annually. Lead was detected in 20% of baby food samples compared to 14% for other foods. Baby food versions of apple and grape juices and carrots had more samples with detectable lead than the regular versions.” – Environmental Defense Fund

Seafood Companies Pledge to Protect the Oceans
“We, members of the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) initiative, represent nine of the largest seafood producers in the world. We operate on every continent and in all segments of seafood production. We are the global industry leaders in fisheries and aquaculture. We work closely together with scientists to identify problems and solutions to achieve a healthy ocean and a planet where people from all parts of the world can eat healthy and sustainable seafood. Together, we represent a global force, with a unique ability to inspire business actors along the entire seafood value chain and support governments in achieving the SDGs. We are committed to use our combined power to lead by example, and to use our united voice to argue for change. We will improve our own operations, and challenge the rest of the industry to follow. We will also offer our support to regulators, in order to ensure that fisheries, aquaculture, and the ocean at large, are managed in a sustainable way.” – Read the whole pledge at The Keystone Dialogue

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