This year, the spotlight belonged to the oceans.
The French Government will give people €50 to repair their old bike in an attempt to boost cycling and a suburb of the Costa Rican capital San José is showing how cities can be designed to benefit both humans and wildlife.
A new law in Maine prohibits restaurants and grocery stores from using the to-go styrofoam containers; a Ghanaian project plans to use cocoa pod husks as feedstock in bio-fuel energy installations; German researchers have managed to transform eggshell powder into a powerful battery.
Within a year, 76% of restaurants recoup their formal food waste reduction investment, thanks to an increase in solar, wind, and hydro power, Eurostat’s data indicates that the EU is on track to meet its 2020 renewable targets, and a new water bottle will dissolve when it is placed in a landfill or find its way into a body of water.
As temperatures drop in Sweden, Stockholm is using commercial advertisements to help people get to warmth and shelter; Lego has pledged $100 million to the nonprofit behind Sesame Street to give toys and books to children affected by the Syrian and Rohingya refugee crisis; and this year, humanity made some huge strides in dealing with plastic pollution.