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The south Indian state of Kerala has used 9,700 tonnes of non-recyclable, shredded plastic waste to pave 246 km of roads; more than 500 Palestinian and Israeli students put aside their political differences in order to protest climate change inaction; Ethiopia launches ambitious reforestation project seeking to reduce the adverse impacts of climate change.
In India, a Tinder initiative and a Facebook group are revolutionizing pet adoption; Germany has opened the world’s first “eHighway” on the autobahn near Frankfurt; a new study shows that educating children on the effects of climate change might be the most effective way to change their parents’ opinions.
A new study suggests air conditioners could be used to remove carbon from the air instead of putting it in; London Marathon replaced hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles with edible seaweed water pouches; every Sunday, a restaurant in Toronto is lowering menu prices in order to sell out of perishable food.
Methane gas captured from garbage will help the Rio de Janeiro reduce its emissions, Norway recycles 97% of all its plastic bottles, and anti-trafficking nonprofit AnnieCannons is training survivors to use their special insight in programming anti-trafficking software.
Australia’s National Forest Industries Plan will help Australia meet its Paris climate agreement targets by planting one billion trees; removing asphalt from public spaces allows urban dwellers to reconnect with nature, reducing flooding and improving health; and affected by tsunamis, typhoons, and earthquakes, Japan is turning to carmakers such as Nissan and Mitsubishi to show how their electric vehicles can power homes in cases of emergency.
The world’s wealthiest countries are set to raise $100 billion to aid vulnerable states in their fight against climate change; new waterless toilets attempt to tackle the overuse of water and the problems linked to the disposal of urine and feces; and Britain made will make the largest ever investment to fight female genital mutilation.
Scientists have managed to turn coffee waste into electricity, hoping to help farmers curb pollution in the developing world; Seoul now provides free menstrual products in an attempt to support women from low-income communities; and a new material absorbs air-borne carbon using solar power and carbon dioxide in order to grow.
Swedish researchers have created a new molecule that can store solar power for up to 18 years; Guinea-Bissau helps refugees find a new home, offering equality and citizenship; and an appeals court forces the Dutch government to reduce emissions quicker than originally pledged.
Nine jurisdictions, including the U.S., the E.U. and Russia have agreed to stop commercial fishing in the Arctic for the next sixteen years; despite global warming-induced flooding, floating schools are bringing education to one of Bangladesh’s poorest locations; and the Muslim Council of Britain is training women to become leaders in mosques and communities.