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How Disney will power its theme parks with solar energy

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Disney is building on its Renewable Energy Plans for its Theme Parks around the world, and it’s not the only multinational ramping up company targets in order to achieve net zero emissions by 2030.

The most magical place on earth is about to get a lot more green…by powering the magic using the sun.

Walt Disney World, is the size of San Francisco city, approximately 30,500 acres.

In a bold move towards fighting the climate crisis, Disney is adding two new solar plants at Walt Disney World, Florida, alongside the solar farm already in operation (that is Mickey mouse shaped of course)

The facilities will produce almost half of the resort’s annual needs to power its four theme parks, 25 hotels and 2 water parks. 

It’s expected to open in two years.

The Mickey Mouse shaped solar farm is one of four facilities that will provide renewable energy to the Walt Disney World resort in Florida. 

Mickey Mouse isn’t the only guy powering the magic of Disney… sunny days before the fireworks, will bring more than just happy energy, it will power solar energy so the magic can go on.

Disney is revamping its renewable energy efforts, to reduce the carbon footprint of its theme parks, around the world. 

“Through the innovative use of space, and with a touch of Disney magic, we are using the sun to conserve energy and power up in a responsible manner,” said Mark Penning, Disney’s vice president for Animals, Science and Environment at its theme parks division. 

“Our new set of ambitious goals commit us to achieve net zero emissions for our direct operations by 2030.”

There are also new solar canopies being installed at Disneyland Paris that will provide shelter for 9,500 guest vehicles, as well as a solar facility that will provide about 70 per cent of the power used on Disney Cruise Line’s private island Castaway Cay in The Bahamas

The company’s total solar portfolio, can provide enough energy for 65,000 homes, or eight Magic Kingdom parks, for one year.

“Since 2009, Disney has operated under a long-term vision to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions, and we’re just getting started,” Penning wrote in a blog post.

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Greener Apple

Disney isn’t the only major company aiming to achieve net zero emissions by 2030

Apple is investing in clean energy projects and tech in the US and around the world.

Apple is carbon neutral for all of its operations in the US and around the world, and last year committed to be 100 percent carbon neutral for its entire supply chain and products by 2030. (SOURCE: APPLE)

Apple is also making industry-leading investments in new clean energy projects and green technology in the US and around the world.

Just last month, Apple announced a massive new US energy storage project in California’s Monterey CountY.

This joins other energy storage projects the company has invested in, including its microgrid at Apple Park.

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Russia defaults on foreign debt for the first time in a century

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Russia has failed to pay out its overseas debt for the first time in over 100 years

The country missed its Sunday deadline due to challenges in transferring the payments to international creditors.

Moscow has the funds to make the 100 million dollar payment but sanctions have complicated the process.

The country is unhappy with the situation with the finance minister calling the situation “a farce”.

The last time that Russia defaulted on its foreign debt was in 1918 when leader Vladimir Lenin did not pay out debts on behalf of the Russian Empire.

Russia has been hit with sanctions by a number of countries in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

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Instagram introduces new process to crack down on underage users

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The majority of social media platforms have an age limit of 13 years old, but how is this really being regulated?

Instagram is exploring new ways for teenagers to verify their age and comply with platform rules.

The gram is turning to video selfies to crack down on minors editing their date of birth to make them appear over 18.

The Meta-owned app is testing video selfies with facial analysis software as a new age-verification method.

For a U.S. teen who wants to join insta, they will need to upload ID, ask three adult users to vouch for them or take a video selfie.

Meta says it hopes the new methods will ensure teens have an “age-appropriate experience” on the content sharing app.

Video selfies have become a popular way for digital platforms – such as online banking apps – to verify users’ age or identity.

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U.S. firms to pay staff travel expenses for abortions

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Major companies have reassured staff that if they require an abortion, they will cover their travel expenses

Disney, JP Morgan, Amazon and Meta are among the companies to announce similar moves for women.

This comes as millions of US women face restricted access after a landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion.

A growing number of companies have confirmed they will cover travel costs through their health insurance plans for employees who leave their home state to get an abortion.

Disney employs around 80,000 people at its resort in Florida, where the governor has already signed into law a ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which is scheduled to take effect on 1 July.

Banking giant JP Morgan and another leading US investment bank, Goldman Sachs, also said it would cover travel expenses for employees.

Social media company Meta said it intended to reimburse travel expenses where permitted by law.

Other companies which have indicated they will take similar steps include Vogue publisher, jeans brand Levi and ride hailing companies Lyft and Uber.

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