Recently a 19 year old student, Boyan Slat, developed a plan to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - that vortex of swirling plastic in the Pacific...19-year-old-student-develops-ocean-cleanup-array-that-could-remove-7250000-tons-of-plastic-from-the-worlds-oceans/
Last weekend's paper reported that some electric cars have dropped in price by $30,000 for a new model.
Solar energy is becoming more affordable and of a better standard for home use.
However it is still awkward to shop in a sustainable fashion - it takes quite a lot of extra planning. When I go to the supermarket, I don't see many people using reusable shopping bags. But I am looking forward to the day when we get a supermarket like those in Germany and Switzerland, (see this treehugger article) where there is no packaging at all.
Elsewhere I read that the number of oil barrels per day produced has declined since 2009 - does that mean that we have reached peak oil then? The statistics don't seem conclusive, but I have seen another source report that by 2015 demand will have outstripped supply.
On that happy note I am about to head into town to do my shopping, with all my containers, using the trip to catch up with friends, run all my errands and buy items like darning wool - for nights by the fire darning socks.