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Industrial Hemp Gets the Green Light in Canada

Positive Future #233 (Feature photo – Harvesting Hemp – GNU Free Doc License) Recently, the Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor – Minister of Health Canada –issued a decision to allow industrial hemp farmers to undertake whole plant harvest for the 2018 crop. Health Canada’s revision of regulations allows hemp farmers to immediately collect and store industrial hemp flower, bud and leaf material. You can read the full article on The Hemp News at the following link: http://www.thehempnews.com/canada-hemp-farmers-get-whole-plant-harvest-greenlight/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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EVBox – 60,000 Electric Car Charging Stations Globally

Positive Future #232 (Feature photo – EVBox Car Chargers – CCA SA 4.0 International) CleanTechnica journalist Jake Richardson provides insight on EVBox. EVBox currently has about 60,000 electric car charging stations around the globe – the largest network globally. This number comes as a surprise to many people as it is hard to grasp that just one charging network has achieved such size when many detractors say electric cars are still not feasible. You can read the full story here: https://cleantechnica.com/2018/08/17/evbox-expands-to-60000-charging-points-with-evtronic-acquisition/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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15 Global Mega-Cities Curtailing Cars

Positive Future #230 (Feature photo – Car Exhaust – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Increasing congestion in cities and over 3 million deaths a year linked to car emission pollutants are causing cities to take action. Curbed just published an article on how 15 of the world’s major cities are looking to curtail the use of cars in city limits. On the list are mega-cities such as Paris, London, Berlin and Mexico City. These mega cities represent tens of millions of people and their efforts could spark a much larger global trend. You can read the full story here: https://www.curbed.com/2017/4/10/15207926/car-ban-cities-pollution-traffic-paris-london-mexico-city Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Innovation Keeps Going

Positive Future #229 (iEV Electric Car – photo courtesy of iEV) The German made iEV (intelligent electric vehicle) is only 31 inches wide and 63 inches long. The little car only weighs 254 lbs. and is available on kickstarter for around $2,200. The car comes with a solar panel on the roof and a battery good for 37 miles. A complete story on the new iEV was published on New Atlas by journalist Ben Coxworth. While the little car seems too small for big highways (which is not what it is being built for) it can move around in congested areas and for short jaunts to the store. You can…

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Hotels Get Urban Food Gardens

Touch the Soil News #1093 (Feature photo – Fairmont Hotel San Franciso, owned by AccorHotels – CCA 3.0 Unported) AccorHotels, a global leader in luxury hotels from France, has just put in vegetable gardens at 600 of its 4,500 properties worldwide. The gardens provide fresh vegetables, herbs and salads for their restaurants and bar menus. Plans are to have over 1,000 of its properties retro-fitted with urban food gardens by 2020. Edie.net carries the full story which explains that the company is taking this action to do its part in reducing global food waste. AccorHotels serves more than 150 million meals a year. You can read the full story here:…

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No More Plastic Foam and Common Plastics

Positive Future #228 (Feature photo – Dominica Coat of Arms – CCA SA 4.0 International) The small and poor island nation of Dominica – some 75,000 people out in the ocean north of South America – is banning plastic. Dominica is making world history in its sweeping ban of polluting waste products. Items such as plastic straws, plates, forks, knives and plastic foam cups and containers will be illegal starting in 2019. Dominica prides itself as the Nature Isle and must act to preserve that distinction. Not too far from Dominica, large patches of plastic pollution are showing up in the nearby waters. Other nations making sweeping bans on plastic…

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The Ultralight Hybrid Vehicle

Positive Future #227 (Feature photo – Mastretta MX3 Cargo Bike – photo courtesy of Mastretta) Electrified cargo bikes have almost a cult following. The technology is moving into trikes or three wheelers with more stability, more functionality and more cargo. Unveiling its new innovation, Mastretta is launching its MX3 cargo bike this September in Mexico, the USA and Canada. With a price tag of only $2,190, this vehicle leaves room for profits for any delivery business centered in urban areas. You can learn more about the trike at their website https://mastrettabikes.com/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Rent Relief – The Social Awareness

Positive Future #226 (Feature photo – Senator Kamala Harris, striving for rent relief – photo courtesy of U.S. Congress) In a market economy, two things happen. First, there are forces that can concentrate wealth and second, forces that limit the purchasing power that work delivers. It is no surprise then that the cost of housing has become a major national crisis. The range of remedies span everything from promoting lower interest rates, cooperative housing, tax breaks to renters and federal attention to the problem. The following video by U.S. Senator Harris Senator from California and former California Attorney General reveals a side of economics that is all too real for…

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Tesla Trounces the Competition

Positive Future #225 (Feature photo – Tesla Model 3 – CCA 2.0 Generic) CleanTechnica writer Zachary Shahan has just unveiled some interesting news about small and midsize luxury car sales in the U.S. The new Tesla model 3 outsold the next closest competitor – the Lexus IS – by almost three-fold. Tesla sold over 13,500 Model 3s while Lexus only sold 4,551 Lexus IS for July, 2018. Shahan created a complete graphic on sales of all small and midsize luxury car sales in the U.S. in July 2018. You can read the full story here and the graphic is a must see: https://cleantechnica.com/2018/08/06/7-charts-tesla-model-3-vs-the-competition-us-sales/ Want More? – Sign up below Special…

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Robot Truck for Logs

Positive Future #224 (Feature photo – Einride Autonomous Logging Truck – CCA SA 4.0 International, Linneakornehed) Swedish company Einride is developing an autonomous logging truck. Without a cab, the truck almost takes on a robotic personality. The goal is to cut costs. By eliminating the cab and the driver, a larger part of transportation costs can be eliminated. Whenever costs are cut, so are jobs. How much will technology cut purchasing power and thus actually shrink the number of people participating in mainstream economics? Nonetheless, robotics and autonomy is coming – strikingly in unison with the global expansion of food banking. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign…

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