China’s Hainan province has banned disposable plastics; a new adhesive turns into gas when it is no longer needed; and scientists have developed the world’s ‘first portable genetics lab’. More good news:
Amsterdam plans to ban all gas and diesel vehicles by 2030; Mexico City decided to ban businesses from selling or giving customers single-use plastic items; the first ever ‘cocktail’ of genetically engineered phages was successfully used to fight a Mycobacterium and save a girl’s life.
New York becomes the second state in the U.S. after California to ban most types of single-use plastic bags; a food delivery app in San Francisco is launching a program to put place immigrant-run restaurants into the spotlight; in Copenhagen, “Refarmed” is rethinking how we produce and consume food.
Peru will end the production, distribution, and consumption of single-use plastic bags; a new law in Niger protects people fleeing violence, natural disasters, and famine; and Victoria’s new cabinet is made up of 11 men and 11 women.
Ever since major supermarket chains phased out plastic bags, Australians have used an estimated 1.5 billion fewer bags; an Indonesian NGO is helping poachers stop their illegal trade instead of focusing on punitive measures; and as a result of global warming, beekeeping provides an unusual alternative to fishing.
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.
A new scheme has resulted in a 50% drop in violence against women in Tajikistan; Jamaica will introduce a ban on single-use plastic bags, straws, and styrofoam starting next year; and Peruvian scientists found several tree species that can survive adverse conditions and fill in the gap caused by mining and other methods of deforestation.