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This week's good news: Amazon rainforest preservation and fully charge your EV in 5 minutes

Rainforest from a drone shot
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A very happy Friday to you!

I spent the week in San Francisco attending a launch event for an electric vehicle battery charging startup (more on them later).

I also got to soak up some nature, see a lot of tourist sites, and have some great food. And I stayed with a friend who has a cat, so my days were filled with plenty of cat cuddles (whether I wanted to or not).

I'm often happiest when I'm able to explore a new location, and this was no exception. New filming locations, new friends, and lots of new stories to share.

I hope you had a great week too, and it's about to get a little bit greater.

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The Good From Friday, May 12, 2023 (watch this episode)

🇪🇨 Ecuador made a massive bond deal that will dedicate millions of dollars toward protecting the Galapagos Islands!

⛏️ Conservationists are protecting Yellowstone National Park by buying the mining rights to a nearby gold mine and ending its usage.

☀️ China just completed a massive solar panel farm in the Gobi desert that will cleanly power 1.5 million homes!

🇪🇺 The EU plans to ban airlines from calling their offerings carbon neutral if they continue to pollute massive amounts and "even out" with shady offsets!

🍣 Two startups are 3D printing alternative fish protein made from mycelium with the goal of satisfying the world's seafood cravings without harming the seas!

The Good From Monday, May 15, 2023 (watch this episode)

🌳 Amazon rainforest deforestation is down 40% this year compared to last in Brazil!

🇦🇺 A platypus was reintroduced to Royal National Park in Australia over 50 years since they were last sighted, with plans to re-establish a self-sustaining and genetically-diverse platypus population!

☀️ A study concluded that found over a third of US manufacturing could be powered just by adding solar panels to existing rooftops!

🐴 The Colorado Wild Horse Project was passed which will protect the rights of the remaining wild horses in the state letting them reside in their homes in the wilderness or sanctuaries!

🧑‍🌾 A Canadian couple named June and Jan took a neglected school in their community and turned it into a hydroponic farm to help feed their town!

The Good From Tuesday, May 16, 2023 (watch this episode)

🐺 A wild litter of endangered red wolf pups was just born bringing their pack number up to 13 wolves!

🦜 Costa Rica has been successfully paying farmers and forest landowners for conserving their forests and protecting biodiversity!

🏔️ Microbes were discovered in the Swiss Alps that can digest plastic, and while these aren't the first, they are the first that can work at normal temperatures!

💄 Washington will soon have the nation's strictest laws against toxic chemicals found in cosmetics, particularly ones targeted toward women of color!

🪸 UK researchers installed rockpools on seawalls that are now home to as many as 65 species!

The Good From Wednesday, May 17, 2023 (watch this episode)

📉 The UN laid out exactly how the world can slash plastic pollution by 80% over the next 20 years!

🐱 Four more Romanian fashion brands have joined 1600 others from 25 countries in a pledge to drop fur from their pieces!

🌞 US President Biden vetoed bringing back solar tariffs, meaning solar prices will remain low, new projects will happen, and clean energy jobs will be saved!

🇪🇺 The EU shrunk their emissions by 4% despite their GDP rising by 1.5% in Q4 last year, indicating we can grow the economy while being better for the planet!

🇫🇷 France is responding to the US IRA via a 500 million euro per year tax credit package for their green industry!

The Good From Thursday, May 18, 2023 (watch this episode)

*🔋 Ample created a way to fix slow charging speeds by fully charging electric vehicles in just 5 minutes through modular, Lego-like battery swapping! (They also invited me to come to check out it in person, and it was pretty awesome to see).

🐶 Two US senators introduced the FIGHT Act to end illegal dog and cockfighting with over 100 organizations supporting it!

🛢️ The US supreme court rejected yet another attempt from Big Oil to avoid lawsuits from New Jersey and Delaware, moving forward with legal accountability for their years of deception and pollution!

🏙️ More than 50,000 buildings in NYC will now need to dramatically cut air pollution or face escalating fines.  

📺 Earth's climate is talked about in tv and film more than ever before, making these issues more mainstream, and hopefully making taking action more common.

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*This story was made possible in partnership with Ample