EcoWatch Partners with RebelMouse to Amplify Its Reach, Impact and Engagement
EcoWatch, a cutting edge environmental news service, today announced its partnership with RebelMouse to enhance and accelerate its ability to share content to a broad audience.
“EcoWatch has a strong voice, a strong mission and is very engaged on all the major social networks, which makes it a perfect partnership,” said RebelMouse’s Founder and CEO Paul Berry. “RebelMouse gives EcoWatch a powerful platform with custom stats that makes it hyper efficient and cost effective to run a highly active news site. RebelMouse enables organizations and individuals to organize their activity across allthese networks into beautiful and engaging social front pages which amplifyreach, impact and engagement.”
“Using the RebelMouse platform, EcoWatch will become a stronger voice for grassroots environmentalism,” said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President of Waterkeeper Alliance. “EcoWatch’s mission is rooted in the assumption that democracy and a wholesome, safe environment are intertwined.”
EcoWatch in partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance—a global environmental movement uniting more than 200 Waterkeeper organizations around the world—is celebrating its one-year anniversary of servicing more than 1,000 grassroots environmental organizations, activists and community leaders worldwide on EcoWatch.org.
EcoWatch is the result of more than two decades of passion and commitment to publishing environmental news for Founder and Editor Stefanie Penn Spear who works to educate and mobilize millions of people to engage in democracy to protect human health and the environment. “My goal is to motivate individuals to become active in their community by adopting and promoting sustainable practices, and supporting strong environmental policy,” said Spear. “EcoWatch helps people make the connection between how they spend their daily lives and dollars, and its impact on the health of their family, friends and planet.”
EcoWatch unites the voices of the grassroots environmental movement by providing a venue for news pertaining to water, air, food, energy and biodiversity, and showcases the insights of world-renowned environmental leaders. EcoWatch exposes the corporations that are avariciously exploiting natural resources and putting profits before human health and the environment, and highlights solution-based approaches to create a sustainable world.
The shore of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, is the perfect home for this blossoming news service, as the notorious 1969 burning of the river ignited the modern-day environmental movement and inspired the passage of the 40-year-old Clean Water Act.
RebelMouse is a startup in NYC that makes it simple and easy for individuals and companies to have powerful and engaging social front pages and websites. Those active on social are spread thin between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other majorsocial networks. Yet, at the same time, their websites don't reflect the work they've been doing. RebelMouse amplifies and unifies these efforts into onebeautiful and engaging front page. Founded by the previuos CTO of HuffingtonPost and backed by top VCs, angels and advisors, RebelMouse launched in June and has seen explosive growth. Learn more and sign up at rebelmouse.com.
About Waterkeeper Alliance:
Founded in 1999, Waterkeeper Alliance is a global environmental movement uniting more than 200 Waterkeeper organizations around the world and focusing citizen advocacy on the issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change. Waterkeepers patrolmore than 1.5 million square miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in the Americas, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.
A "trash tsunami" has washed ashore on the beaches of Honduras, endangering both wildlife and the local economy.
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More long-finned pilot whales were found stranded today on beaches in Tasmania, Australia. About 500 whales have become stranded, including at least 380 that have died, the AP reported. It is the largest mass stranding in Australia's recorded history.
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By Harry Kretchmer
By 2030, almost a third of all the energy consumed in the European Union must come from renewable sources, according to binding targets agreed in 2018. Sweden is helping lead the way.
Sweden is a world leader in renewable energy consumption. Swedish Institute/World Bank
Naturally Warm<p>54% of Sweden's power comes from renewables, and is helped by its geography. With plenty of moving water and 63% forest cover, it's no surprise the <a href="https://sweden.se/nature/energy-use-in-sweden/#" target="_blank">two largest renewable power sources</a> are hydropower and biomass. And that biomass is helping support a local energy boom.</p><p>Heating is a key use of energy in a cold country like Sweden. In recent decades, as fuel oil taxes have increased, the country's power companies have turned to renewables, like biomass, to fuel local 'district heating' plants.</p><p>In Sweden these trace their <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544217304140#fig3" target="_blank">origins back to 1948</a>, when a power station's excess heat was first used to heat nearby buildings: steam is <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/engineering/district-heating-system" target="_blank">forced along a network of pipes</a> to wherever it's needed. Today, there are around 500 district heating systems across the country, from major cities to small villages, providing heat to homes and businesses.</p><p>District heating used to be fueled mainly from the <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544217304140" target="_blank">by-products of power plants</a>, waste-to-energy plants and industrial processes. These days, however, Sweden is bringing more renewable sources into the mix. And as a result of competition, this localized form of power is now the country's<a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544217304140#fig3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> home-heating market leader.</a></p>
Sweden is using smart grids to turn buildings into energy producers. Huang et al/Elsevier
Energy ‘Prosumers’<p>But Sweden doesn't stop at village-level heating solutions. Its new breed of energy-generation takes hyper-local to the next level.</p><p>One example is in the city of Ludivika where 1970s flats <a href="https://www.buildup.eu/sites/default/files/content/transforming-a-residential-building-cluster-into-electricity-prosumers-in-sweden.pdf" target="_blank">have recently been retrofitted with the latest smart energy technology</a>.</p><p>48 family apartments spread across 3 buildings have been given photovoltaic solar panels, thermal energy storage and heat pump systems. A micro energy grid connects it all, and helps charge electric cars overnight.</p><p>The result is a cluster of 'prosumer' buildings, producing rather than consuming enough power for 77% of residents' needs. With <a href="http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1232060/FULLTEXT01.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">high levels of smart meter usage</a>, it's a model that looks set to spread across Sweden.</p>
<div id="d7bf9" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="8757b138d5570bec9d6aad18074a429a"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-twitter-tweet-id="1273556364263071744" data-partner="rebelmouse"><div style="margin:1em 0">Read more about Western Harbour and book a visit: https://t.co/ujSmVs9rNK 🏡🌳🌊 https://t.co/C5PuPziqIM</div> — Smart City Sweden (@Smart City Sweden)<a href="https://twitter.com/SmartCitySweden/statuses/1273556364263071744">1592474473.0</a></blockquote></div>
Scaling Up<p>A recent development by E.ON in Hyllie, a district on the outskirts of Malmö, southern Sweden, <a href="https://www.eonenergy.com/blog/2019/February/sweden-smart-city" target="_blank">has scaled up the smart grid principle</a>. Energy generation comes from local wind, solar, biomass and waste sources.</p><p>Smart grids then balance the power, react to the weather, deploying extra power when it's colder or putting excess into battery storage when it's warm. The system is not only more efficient, but bills have fallen.</p><p>Smart energy developments like those in Hyllie, Ludivika, and renewable-driven district heating, offer a radical alternative to the centralized energy systems many countries rely on today.</p><p>The EU's leaders have a challenge: how to generate 32% of energy from renewables by 2030. Sweden offers a vision of how technology and local solutions can turn a goal into a reality.</p>
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By Jessica Corbett
In another win for climate campaigners, leaders of 12 major cities around the world — collectively home to about 36 million people — committed Tuesday to divesting from fossil fuel companies and investing in a green, just recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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