London-based AI lab DeepMind has solved the 50-year-old protein folding problem; Unilever New Zealand is testing the 4-day working week; Tasmania is now powered entirely by renewables electricity. More good news:
Hungary is banning mink and fox fur farming; US scientists have created an eco-friendly insulation foam; 23-year-old Judit Giró Benet has developed a home-testing kit for breast cancer. More good news:
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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.
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, renewables now provide a third of the global power capacity; Tesco is trialing a game-changing plastic-to-oil recycling system; and farmers in Cameroon are boosting their income by planting forest-friendly spices and preserving biodiversity.
Mali provides free health care to pregnant women and young children; generally relying on volcanic heat, a Swedish company claims it can generate power at lower temperatures, allowing geothermal energy to be produced as widely as wind and solar; and by placing refrigerators in community centers, a British environmental charity makes sure that restaurants and supermarkets can donate excess food while keeping it fresh.
Researchers from Duke University have developed a technology that can generate clean, reusable water from poop as an alternative to the current costly off-site biological treatment; Spain will add 3 gigawatts of solar and wind power capacity every year for the next decade, so as to use 100% renewable energy by 2050; and Tajikistan is using agroforestry in order to fight soil degradation and boost livelihoods.