We are often bombarded with fear-mongering and shocking headlines that make us feel that the world is falling apart.

However, while it’s important to report on problems and issues, I believe there is so much good in this world that it needs to be found and promoted just as widely.

Because of that, I started The Happy Broadcast. It's an anti-venom to the vitriolic rhetoric that pervades our media. Also, this year, I’ve illustrated even more happy news than in 2018.

We need more positive news to acknowledge that the world is actually getting better little by little.

More info: Instagram

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Rose the Cook
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2 years ago

Child marriage should not be tolerated anywhere.

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When I'm working on The Happy Broadcast, I try to pick news that has an international appeal and touches themes like animal rights, climate change and science. News that shows how much we’re progressing on many fronts despite being often bombarded with few-mongering headlines.

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Ania O
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2 years ago

This should have way more upvotes!

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Marc
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2 years ago

Yet big parts of the Rainforest are burning these days...

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I think there are many reasons why negative news is dominating the media. It's like a sudden disaster a, it's more compelling than, for example, little improvements. Bad things can happen quickly, but good things aren’t built in a day, and as they unfold, they're out of sync with the news cycle.

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Nea
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2 years ago

This must make many people happy due to one act. Lovely initiative.

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Raine Soo
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2 years ago

I had read about this in the news earlier this year. Good job, mate!

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Marc
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2 years ago

Thank you Norway!

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As humans, we have this thing called “negative bias” that make us respond quicker to bad or dangerous situations. Nowadays, this bias is getting in the way of our happiness and well-being, and even our productivity because most of the narrative surrounding us (print, online or mobile) is that the “world is ending".

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Foxxy
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2 years ago

Wow, that is a huge rise. Fantastic efforts.

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Marc
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2 years ago

It is getting more and more common in some countries and supermarkets. Loose fruits and vegetables and also non-perfect ones. It's a good trend!

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Foxxy
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2 years ago (edited)

More funding is needed for stem cell research. They have already discovered some incredible ways stem cells can help with paralysis and other movement disorders etc. Imagine what else they can discover.

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I think we should find a balance between negative and positive news. From politics to climate change and economy, negative and bad news surrounds us everywhere we go. A potential solution could be to limit the amount of bad news, basically slow down our personal news cycle, adding some positive news to our “news diet” to make sure that our outlook on the world is more optimistic. Also, it's very important to invest time to deal with misinformation and the reliability of news sources.

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Magpie
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2 years ago

Ducks will also be providing some fertilizer. Win Win

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Marc
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2 years ago

That is amazing! The Netherlands are an amazing example when it comes to society and community. We all can learn from them!

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Lucas
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2 years ago

Every country needs to do that - and stop whaling.

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Nea
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2 years ago

Steps like these show the power of the State in achieving large scale sustainable results if there is a will.

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Sonja
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2 years ago

Oh...thats sooo sweet, that should be everywhere..

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Marc
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2 years ago

That is especially important in the fight against so called puppy mills.

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Iggy
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2 years ago

Or buzz stops, as they should now be known.

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Marc
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2 years ago

It's sad that in 2019 equal pay has to be enforced. It should be just normal... should.

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Sonja
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2 years ago

Oooh.love this...why it is not everywhere...

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Pamela24
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2 years ago

I love this picture! So cute!

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Full Name
Community Member
2 years ago

This is a great contrast to all the negativity we hear about women's value in India.

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Raine Soo
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2 years ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you! The bees thank you, and I thank you.

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Magpie
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2 years ago

I have always hated circuses. Even when I was so young I did not have the words to explain why I was crying. So good to see this!!!

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2 years ago

I'll believe it when I see it. There have been stories of oil eating bacteria, and all sorts of magical things that eat the bad stuff. I hope to see it, but until then....

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Full Name
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2 years ago

This is fantastic. Sooooo many people end up in jail or dead because we fail them as a society.

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2 years ago

Did they find a match?

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Iggy
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2 years ago

95% is very impressive.

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European other
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2 years ago

Yes but they are in danger of climate change now like many species

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Rose the Cook
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2 years ago

They should not have been there in the first place.

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Marc
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2 years ago

Palm oil is in so many products. I try to avoid them but it is not always easy. Palm tree farms did destroy a lot of animal habits and nature environments.

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Jon Garrett
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2 years ago

Nairobi has a baby elephant orphanage. So I guess not. Of course, if they are brought up in the orphanage, which is by Nairobi National Park, then they are not sold to a zoo or circus.

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Full Name
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2 years ago

That's adorable. Not sure how something involving grown adults and the most massive terrestrial animals can be adorable, but somehow it is.

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Raine Soo
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2 years ago

This is wonderful news!

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Zach Tan
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2 years ago

Great for packaging! For almost everything else, not so much. But still a great step forward!

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Pedro Hasashi
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2 years ago

Now let's build Jurassic Park!

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Magpie
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2 years ago

That is brilliant! And this research has taken a very long time to bear fruit. Thank god for scientists ;p

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Magpie
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2 years ago

This is great! This is what us grown ups need to do for the climate strike kids.

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Lucas
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2 years ago

The best snoots on the planet's best critters.

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Magpie
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2 years ago

So wonderful to see compassion making the law. * cries just a bit *

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Juliana Kessler
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2 years ago

This is definitely a good thing, but be careful to remember that fortnite is known for an especially toxic crunch culture. Employees are expected to work insane hours with no pay. Planting forests is good, but he should also be held responsible for the unfair and harmful working conditions his company creates.

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Marc
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2 years ago

That is a good sign. Break the circle! That is the only way.

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arjelio mas
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2 years ago

The rabid, right-wingers still spewing their nonsense that renewables will drive prices up so high no one will be able to have electricity will not be noticing this development. The belief disconfirmation paradigm is too powerful for some people to overcome.

Rosie Hamilton
Community Member
2 years ago

Renewable is definitely improving! It's wonderful. The truth is that nuclear power is one of the most expensive forms of power. It costs a lot to get uranium usable. Uranium is also not a renewable product and nuclear's plutonium by-products take thousands of years to become safe.

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Alice Wagner
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2 years ago

“IRENA’s annual Renewable Capacity Statistics 2019, the most comprehensive, up-to-date and accessible figures on renewable energy capacity indicates growth in all regions of the world, although at varying speeds. While Asia accounted for 61 per cent of total new renewable energy installations and grew installed renewables capacity by 11.4 per cent, growth was fastest in Oceania that witnessed a 17.7 per cent rise in 2018. Africa’s 8.4 per cent growth put it in third place just behind Asia. Nearly two-thirds of all new power generation capacity added in 2018 was from renewables, led by emerging and developing economies.“ https://www.irena.org/newsroom/pressreleases/2019/Apr/Renewable-Energy-Now-Accounts-for-a-Third-of-Global-Power-Capacity

Magpie
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2 years ago

YES !!!! thank you for this info. !!!

Myxomatosis
Community Member
2 years ago

Except the United States. PLEASE REMOVE THE OOMPAH LOOMPA!!!

Mooncut
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2 years ago

That's great, bit I hope that one day it's three thirds ^~^

Denise Ward
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2 years ago

Let's get rid of fossil fuels within 3 years hey?

George Stergios
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2 years ago

An impossible goal as we will need gas turbines to fill in the gaps when wind and solar are off UNLESS we build more nuclear or we get a Fusion breakthrough

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Lasantha Pethiyagoda
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2 years ago

Let's hope the greedy capitalists who only want more money take notice and follow good practices..!

Deb ~ Wild Whimsy
Community Member
2 years ago

Should be 100%......needs to happen faster

George Stergios
Community Member
2 years ago

An impossible goal as we will need gas turbines to fill in the gaps when wind and solar are off UNLESS we build more nuclear or we get a Fusion breakthrough

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Sonya Wyman
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2 years ago

And here in Canberra, Australia's capital city, our electricity comes from 100% renewable sources :)

Julie Lynch
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2 years ago

That’s a really pleasing thing to hear, hope it’s true

Marg Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

Thats fantastic one third of the way there. Keep moving toward 100%

Rich McCormick
Community Member
2 years ago

THANK GOD. Stop digging up dead stuff to burn and pollute and use renewable energy!

Marnie
Community Member
2 years ago

Unfortunately, carbon emissions continue to rise each year. Not only have they not fallen dramatically as they need to, but they have risen.

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
2 years ago

Time and again I read that wind and solar are now cheaper than coal. Fossil fuel is DEAD - long live renewable energy! We have to get 100% of our power from renewable sources eventually because oil, coal and natural gas are limited.

Kitty Willis
Community Member
2 years ago

Not enough!! We can and should do better!

Thunder
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2 years ago

In the Netherlands, they’ve build a energy mill park in the sea. There are over thousand of them!

Tracy Newby
Community Member
2 years ago

As we continue to improve solar cell efficiency and make safer wind turbines, renewable energy use should increase. Large scale , smart grids and better battery storage are the next big breakthroughs that need to become mainstream. Eventually power will become so cheap to harness that it will be practically free. The biggest factors will be distribution, which if done right could also be cheap. The fossil fuel cult will eventually need to be crushed so we can stop burning oil and coal altogether.

Ian Carter
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2 years ago

Good start but much more needs to be done and fast!

Kitty Welbergen
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2 years ago

So nice to see positive news on this topic.

European other
Community Member
2 years ago

Except in America

Jodie Johnson
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2 years ago

Don't down vote European other. Our American president claims wind power causes cancer and he is deregulating and encouraging gas and oil. There are of course exceptions in communities, but the US has a lot of work to do to come to its senses.

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Elizabeth Gardner
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2 years ago

and why not the wind is always there and so is the sun!

Steven Lidkea
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2 years ago

This is counting nuclear.

Mariah Schauf
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2 years ago

global warming is fake, but we should make sure to protect the earth FOREVER

Terry Petrovich
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2 years ago

I don't believe the percentage is that high yet from my research! Probably more like 12%-15%. It's going to take maybe another 15-20 years before it will get to 33%...

Bartosz Rogowski
Community Member
2 years ago

... but land wind farms produce at only around 25% of their installed capacity. Nuclear plants at 90% - all zero-emission energy

Susan Henry
Community Member
2 years ago

Fab

Michele Septoff
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm SO happy to see this. I am very proud of my super recycling family (still have a way to go but we're trying!), our solar panels, my pesticide free lawn and no raking policy (stopped raking after finding little critters burrowed in certain places :) We can all make a difference, no matter how small.

Linda DeBaker Mucha Thomas
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't believe it!

Aaron Hutsell
Community Member
2 years ago

Now if we could get China, India and the US to convert to renewable. Not like there aren't thermal vents just about everywhere in those countries.

Elaine Lipski
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2 years ago

May this only continue to grow exponentially

Joel Bahu
Community Member
2 years ago

Nice

Jennifer Brown
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2 years ago

and most likely everywhere except the US, where we think coal and oil are still the best sources of fuel!

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

Why US thinks coal and oil are best?

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Gay Abarbanell
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2 years ago

This is truly historic and fabulous!

Marlene Ricker
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2 years ago

It is definitely a good start!

Ivan Axelson
Community Member
2 years ago

Lets keep it going

Morgane Myx
Community Member
2 years ago

should be even more :)

Linda Robinett
Community Member
2 years ago

This is partially why the US is now a net petroleum exporter than importer. We use less.

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

Linda, that's not something to celebrate, the wildlife reservations, natural monuments are being plundered for the profits of few oil companies. BTW I don't think we use less, more oil is produced.

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David Black
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2 years ago

Not in Poland, where coal rules.

Brian Sanderson
Community Member
2 years ago

Unless you deduct the amount of coal-burning power that was used to manufacture the windmills and solar panels.

M O'Connell
Community Member
2 years ago

Your argument is invalid. A wind turbine generates more energy than was used in its manufacture in its first 3-6 months of operation. Please read this scientific paper to better inform yourself on this topic: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/222703134_Meta-Analysis_of_Net_Energy_Return_for_Wind_Power_Systems

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Brandy Grote
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2 years ago

1 in 10 of all cars sold in UK this year were full electric or hybrid. Tesla has surpassed Toyota to become the #2 most sold vehicle in California. I love my Kona EV, and my solar panels!

Matze
Community Member
2 years ago

I believe that's electric power supply only. Still amazing though.

George Stergios
Community Member
2 years ago

That is wrong it’s less than 20% and most is hydropower which is very old tech

Marianne Kalashian
Community Member
2 years ago

This is lovely news! In the meantime, how arrogant of the developed world to limit the use of fossil fuels by developing nations after we have so benefitted from their use.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

Life depends on it.

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Bartosz Rogowski
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2 years ago

... but land wind farms produce electricity only at around 24% of their capacity. Unlike nuclrear plants - around 90%, all zero-emission

Kareltje
Community Member
2 years ago

SOURCE for this please. Having a hard time believing this is true.

Kareltje
Community Member
2 years ago

SOURCE please. I can hardly believe this is true...

Carl Fetterman
Community Member
2 years ago

The Workd Bank reports that renewables account for 18% of energy globally, of which 70% is from hydro electric. Hydro is not usually considered a renewable by the climate warming zealots. I would like to know where the 33% estimate came from.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

Stop giving subsidies to dirty energy, give it to green, prices will go down, more people will purchase power from green sources.

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Darrell Norquay
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2 years ago

Bullshit!!!

Darrell Norquay
Community Member
2 years ago

Bullshit!

Martha Spurlock
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Wind turbines are a bust--they are deadly for birds, and the energy needed to harness the energy has a great negative impact on the environment than what they provide to consumers. They are an eyesore across our beautiful plains.

M O'Connell
Community Member
2 years ago

They are no more-deadly to birds than tall buildings, or picture windows. The 'energy-payback' period for constructing an average wind turbine is 3-6 months. The field of turbines in Racine County WI looks MUCH better than the now-decommissioned coal plant in Kenosha County. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S096014810900055X

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Florence Hastings
Community Member
2 years ago

And there is a wonderful thing called zero point energy that is being carefully kept quiet about.

EM
Community Member
2 years ago

Nuclear is the way to go. Clean, massive amounts of energy, and if nuclear fission is done, a soda can-sized container could power your house for a lifetime.

valed
Community Member
2 years ago

clean and nuclear should not be on the same sentence.

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Kathy Baylis
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2 years ago

Glad to see them come back. Sad that they died out there in the first place.

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Slinkman
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2 years ago

Ironic to place greenery on the exact place where ice and snow should be.

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Nia Loves Art
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2 years ago

This is nice, but it would be better if children being educated wasn’t contingent on their parents paying any sort of fee.

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John
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2 years ago

Sweet! Now they just need to do something about the cattle ranchers.

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Rosie Hamilton
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2 years ago

Dogs are pretty good at this too!

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