Paris is creating the city’s largest garden near Eiffel Tower; the UK government will fund the planting of 130,000 trees in English cities and towns; a new desalination system uses solar power to turn ocean water into drinking water.
Del Taco customers will soon be able to request pea-based, environmentally-friendly “meat” as an alternative to any protein in Del Taco products; Israeli researchers are running a unique experiment in order to understand the psychology behind the Israel-Palestine conflict; Australia installed almost 50 percent more rooftop panels in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year.
Solar-powered pumps increase agricultural production in Nepal and prevent farmers from migrating for the purpose of finding jobs; as tourism booms in Dublin, My Streets Ireland gives homeless new skills and a source of income; and by storing cell material in a stem cell Noah’s Ark, Norwegian researchers are paving the way to preserving critically endangered animals and providing blueprints for lab-grown meat production.
A new study shows that in Latin America, higher inequality leads to more deforestation, with lower inequality resulting in higher forest protections, UK sandwich chain Pret a Manger’s charitable foundation will open a hostel for homeless aiming to empower people affected by homelessness, poverty, and trauma, and in land-scarce Southeast Asia, solar arrays are now being placed on floating installations in lakes, dams, reservoirs, and at sea.
With most remote facilities off-grid, solar power is allowing doctors to perform surgery, deliver babies, and other basic services that require electricity; thanks to 1,600 new school centers, over 145,000 refugees in Bangladesh have been able to resume their education; and a Swedish scientist makes fuel from tree waste.
Luxembourg’s government seeks to end some of the world’s worst traffic congestion by lifting the fares on public transportation; as a result of the ‘flying shame’ movement in Sweden, railway bookings have risen by more than 100 percent on certain routes; and mountain communities in Mexico are training their members to install solar panels in order to create employment and regain control over land and resources.
More than 100 women are projected to join the US House and Senate following the US midterm elections; Flood-proof clean energy; the worst floods in a century hit Kerala state in August, but India’s first floating solar panels managed to escape unscathed; and testing fish-friendly wave power, Bombora Wave Power is on its way to producing renewable energy without harming sea life.
The Isle of Man is showing the world how working together as a community can result in eliminating plastic from local beaches in just a decade; coffee company Change Please is hiring and training homeless people to become baristas; and in the world’s largest refugee camp solar energy is helping the HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh be more efficient in delivering aid to Rohingya refugees.
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.
Thirty years after the world’s worst nuclear disaster, renewable energy surges in Chernobyl; Tesco will remove ‘best before’ labels on fruits and vegetables hoping to reduce food waste; and the Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque in Berlin has recently begun a deradicalization workshop for students to take into German schools.
With her pioneering work on laser pulses, Donna Strickland became the third woman winner in the award’s century-long history; Wintures is working on an affordable and sustainable system that can turn salt water potable; and thanks to screenings and school immunization, cervical cancer will become a rarity in Australia.