Several European countries are making strides towards a coal-free future, a new app allows stores to manage their flow of customers digitally and Sudan is banning female genital mutilation. More good news below
Researchers have found a new membrane that could harvest wave energy, a new mobile app interprets movies into American Sign Language, and Rwanda launches a new initiative in order to find new cooling solutions for food storage and indoor spaces without creating more greenhouse gas emissions.
A new method can clean up the soil after oil spills and return it to a healthy, fertile state; a new personal care company ditches single-use plastic for refillable containers; and Juicebox and other apps have made it a mission to take the awkwardness and shame out of the “birds and bees” talk and encourage more sex-positive conversations.
Members of parliament elected Sahle-Work Zewde to become Ethiopia’s first female head of state; the European Parliament overwhelmingly voted to ban common single-use plastics; and researchers found a social media app that connects neighbors in disaster-prone communities across Indonesia, thus saving lives and reducing financial losses.