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Hedgehog crossings in London, border collies helping regenerate forests, and the rise of public banking

In an effort to make London more hospitable for hedgehogs, Michel Birkenwald is building passages for them to travel from one green space to the next; three Border Collies have been trained to run through

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Liverpool residents take back control of their community; public spaces inspiring affection; and Denton to become biggest 100% renewable city in the US

To revive their derelict area in Liverpool, a group of residents took it over! They started markets, and a Community Land Trust, and "beat a housing system that comprehensively

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Oyster regeneration projects expanding in Australia and scientists using stem cells to repair lung tissue in a patient

The future is looking bright for oyster regeneration in Australia. Following South Australia's lead, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland are increasing their efforts to re-establish reefs

Global treeplanting and the growth of agro-forestry; and the uptake of large scale biodigesters and Home Biogas

There is a great global attempt to plant and restore forest landIn China, for example, over 60,000 Chinese soldiers are being withdrawn from northern border areas and tasked with a new mission: planting

Indian activists heading to court to protect waterways; No-Till farming revolution to protect soils; and BBC vows to remove single-use plastics by 2020

In cities across India, activists are heading to court to force municipalities and states to take action to clean up the country's polluted rivers;

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Mullumbimby Woolworths preparing customers for plastic bag ban; social and ecological resistance in Rojava, North Kurdistan; and farmers hacking tractors

Mullumbimby Woolworths staff are working hard to ease their customers into the habit of bringing their own bags so they will be ready

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Scotland AND the Queen to ban plastic straws, 'world's most sustainable shopping centre' in Melbourne, and Nightingale Housing making utopian housing visions a reality

Scotland AND the Queen are banning plastic straws; the 'world's most sustainable shopping centre' with a rooftop farm

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UK Council asks wealthiest residents to voluntarily pay double their tax, Court recognizes right to a healthy environment as fundamental to human existence, and NZ Company pays workers full-time salary to work four days

After consultation demonstrated strong support, Westminster City Council is launching a new scheme

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Chile bans Kinder Surprises, Paris cracks down on Slumlords and Wollongong on a mission to become a plastic-free city

Amongst a range of sweeping strategies, Chile has even banned Kinder Surprises in the world's most ambitious attempt to turn the tide on the global obesity epidemic by remaking a country's food

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India to give free health care to half a billion poor people, SA to train 51,000 unemployed to become kindergarten teachers, and Saudi Arabi creates more jobs for women

Last week India announced a plan to give free health care to half a billion poor Indians. It would cover more people than any other government-funded health

Germany addresses 'hate speak' on social media, capital city of Rwanda bans cars and buses for one day every month, and addressing the 'nitrogen pollution dragon'

Germany has addressed the wide-ranging crisis in social media and if you change your country location to Germany it appears you can enjoy social media

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Treeplanting and other strategies for flood mitigation in Wolverley, more children surviving in Africa. and 50k low and middle-income families in SA to receive solar panels

10:10 climate action has been funded to help communities tackle climate change and protect themselves from flooding at the same time. Alongside tree

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measure success based on wellbeing indicators, Suncoast Gleaning Project and Ursula Le Guin on the need to restructure our language

The New Zealand government is planning to set up a framework to measure success based on wellbeing indicators, not just pure economic measures; 

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Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation, wildflower plantings through crops in England to reduce pesticide spraying, and Hong Kong commits to banning ivory trading by 2021

The Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation has just received a $150,000 grant from Create NSW for their project "An artist, a farmer and a scientist walk into a bar ..."; 

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Tesla electric car chargers in Gundagai, Paris reduces driving and traffic fatalities by almost half, and major UK retailer develops plastic free, biodegradable paper teabag

The world is transforming! I saw my first Tesla electric car chargers in Gundagai; Paris has reduced the amount of driving within city limits by almost half


Replacing NYC ads with art, Unilever commits to ethical palm oil farming, and new book on collaborative housing around the world

A guerilla project is replacing NYC ads with art; Unilever has struck a deal with a government-owned palm oil plantation firm in Indonesia to improve farmer livelihoods and increase yields

The rise of Community Land Trusts, Denver government hiring the homeless, and biomining to extract rare earth metals from ore, old mobile phones and hard drives

Communities are forming Community Land Trusts to keep housing affordable. In the UK alone, CLTs have grown six-fold since 2010 with 225 in existence.

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The 202020 Vision to increase green space by 20%, the Triocup eliminating need for plastic lids, and world's largest single-tower solar thermal plant to be built in SA

The 202020 Vision is a mass collaboration of more than 400 Australian organisations to create 20% more green space in urban areas by 2020; the new Triocup

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US Hospitals create non-profit drug company, ecologists find ways to minimise artificial lighting to protect ecosystems, and China pledges to make its skies blue again in three years

Some 300 hospitals and the Department of Veterans Affairs in the US are founding a non-profit drug company to tackle price

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Ursula Le Guin, community-owned battery, energy and internet services, and blackwater recycling in a San Francisco skyscraper

If you've been missing our Solutions Digest, it's because I've had a break away with the family this week. Back on deck today, but saddened to hear about the death of Ursula Le Guin

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Peru declares new national park in the Amazon, Norway's $1.1 trillion wealth fund dumps nuclear weapons, and Chernobyl to become a renewable energy farm

After a 30-year struggle by neighbouring communities, Peru has declared a new national park in the

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Colombia's inclusive peace accord, Vision Zero reducing traffic deaths, and early childhood intervention program for refugees

Colombia has created the most inclusive peace accord in history with an entire chapter devoted to gender; traffic deaths have hit historic

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Major UK retailer commits to eliminating own brand plastic packaging, Evening Standard launches campaign against plastic straws, and Norwegian government agrees to phase out fur farms

'Iceland' in the UK has become the first major retailer to commit to

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China's 'ecological red line' program, wolf recorded in Flanders, and creating antibiotics from dirt

China is promoting an "ecological red line" program which will force provinces and regions to restrict "irrational development" to curb construction near rivers, forests and

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Agroecology movement, Scotland banning plastic cotton buds, Bunnings replacing Yates Confidor with natural and organic pesticides, and sewing revival.

The industrial system is being changed - from Deep Green Resistance at one end to smaller changes at the other ... it's all adding

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New York turns the world 'the right side up' by suing five major oil companies and divesting $5 billion from fossil fuel companies; and energy sufficiency instead of efficiency!

Naomi Klein believes that New York City is taking a game changing first step in "turning the world the right

Voicebook in Central India, free public transport in Dunkirk, and a Zero Emissions Zone in Madrid

In the forests of Central India, one former BBC journalist has built Voicebook - a voice-based online portal that allows people in the forests to report local news by making a phone call; 

Stephen Hawking on black holes and depression, Judi Dench on trees, and Reparations Ecology

Stephen Hawking turned 76 on Monday and, in giving advice on coping with depression, highlighted that black holes aren't the eternal prisons they were once thought to be; Judi Dench shares her passion for

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City-run public banks, Starbucks to charge for disposable coffee cups and UK to plant more than 
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There is a growing movement to create city-run public banks that serve the needs of citizens, not investors; Starbucks has announced a three-month trial in its London stores,

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We are changing the story with dizzying speed ... let's keep it up in 2018!

Thank you everyone, we are creating seismic change around the world - and even just by liking and sharing 'solutions media' we are changing the story! Let's keep it up in 2018. Check out today's bumper Solutions Digest with stories about Brazil

Electric and hybrid cars outselling fossil fuel cars in Norway, India looking at alternatives to cremation with wood, and building sand dunes with Christmas trees

Thanks to government subsidies and incentives, electric and hybrid cars have been outselling fossil fuel cars in Norway;

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San Francisco aiming to be zero waste by 2020, Fiji bans live coral and aquarium rock harvesting, and $13 million defense fund to help less priveleged women protect themselves from sexual misconduct

San Francisco is repurposing 80% of its trash in an effort to be zero waste by 2020; 

Iceland punishing companies for paying women less than men, Finland's universal basic income and communalism as a solution to climate chaos

Iceland has become the first country to punish companies for paying women less than men; Finland's universal basic income experiment is now one year old; and Social Ecology

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British Columbia ends the hunting of grizzly bears, reef balls protecting shorelines and dog poo-powered street lamps

We're with Woody Guthrie who resolved, in 1942, to keep the 'hoping machine running'! So, in that spirit, you can read these stories and more in today's Solutions Digest: British Columbia is ending the hunting

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Action on fake news and hate speech in Germany, Rethinking Economics, and reducing energy costs in affordable housing in Chicago 

Germany is starting to enforce a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material; Rethinking Economics

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Happy New Year

May 2018 be the year we all learn to live more compassionately together, and more lightly, on this beautiful planet. This painting, "Leave No  Footprint" is by a dear friend who is no longer with us ... Kay Singleton-Keller. Thank you for your continued inspiration Kay. We hope you'll all be inspired today

First subsidy-free offshore windfarm, Tesla's enormous battery in SA exceeds expectations, and Europe's first ultra high speed chargers

What a difference a year makes! The first subsidy-free offshore wind farm will move ahead in the Netherlands - which is a milestone for renewable energy; Tesla's enormous battery in


Redirecting food waste, renewables, drought-tolerant corn, reduced water consumption and dropping crime rates

Major systemic changes are happening:  A
£500,000 fund to redirect surplus food to needy people was launched last week in the UK, where 

Tackling modern slavery, increasing green space in cities and food pharmacies in the U.S.

An Australian inquiry has recommended an independent anti-slavery commissioner to lead the charge on tackling modern slavery; regular access to nature increases physical and mental health, and other arguments for increasing

Restoration as an opportunity for economic growth, Solarpunk, universal basic income, China's forest city, and the national seed dialogue in South Africa

Are you thinking of resolutions for New Year? How about, "I will do what I can to become part of the big fix!" We are moving towards a 'fixing revolution' with around 1450 repair

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Free open-source internet services, Earthjustice holding Trump to account, and North Stradbroke Island's campground returned to indigenous owners

Framasoft, a French association with 6 employees is offering free open-source services as an alternative to services like Google Docs, Dropbox, Skype, Slack, Doodle etc; 

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Mals bans all synthetic pesticides, China to create world's largest carbon market, and sensory park opens in Queensland

The Italian village of Mals has become the first place in the world to ban all synthetic pesticides; China has unveiled plans to create the world's largest carbon market as it positions itself as the leader

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Two major Asian resorts to ditch plastic straws, vending machine for the homeless launches in the UK, and Blackheath saves its iconic tree!

Two major resort chains in Asia are ditching plastic straws in 2018; the first vending machine for homeless people, with free food and other essentials, has launched in the UK;

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150-Mile Wardrobe, wheat seeds developed to withstand high heat, and the Healthy Food Policy Project

The 150-Mile Wardrobe initiative brings together about 104 farmers, ranchers, weavers, spinners, and designers across 19 counties to make up a garment-producing system where every producer

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FairBnB for community powered tourism, solar-powered hydrogen harvesting, and digital avatars providing 24/7 care for the elderly

FairBnB hopes to be a smart and fair solution for community powered tourism; engineers have developed a solar-powered floating rig which can harvest hydrogen from seawater; and digital avatars are providing 24/7 care

Curbing piped music in public spaces; Twitter banning hate speech; and coal consumption declining

Piped Down in the UK is inspiring a global movement to curb piped music in public spaces; Twitter is banning hate speech and abusive content; and every major country in the world except India reduced its consumption

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Newcastle beginning the shift from coal, bioplastics made from fungi and algae, and Australia's first Living Building Challenge eco village approved

Newcastle, the world's largest coal port, has announced an urgent need to diversify the regional economy and the port's business away from coal; bioplastics made from fungi and

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Building a community internet network, household electricity prices to drop in 2018 and the 
National Bailout Movement

As the FCC stripped away regulations that protected net neutrality, Motherboard & VICE began building a community internet network because telecom companies can only end internet freedom if there is

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UK government funding beavers to reduce floods, a new class of drugs for neurodegenerative diseases, and The Big Fix now on Instagram

The UK is bringing back beavers in its first government-funded flood reduction scheme; success in trials for Huntington's and Spinal Muscular Atrophy raise hopes that diseases such as Alzheimer's

Victoria bans large scale puppy farming, working dogs are being recruited to solve conservation challenges and school creates thriving amphibian habitat

Victoria has become the first state in Australia to ban large scale puppy farming; the ancient qualities of working dogs

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NAB to halt lending for new thermal coal mining projects, native forests being restored in Appalachia and a fashion industry without plastic emerging

The National Australia Bank says it will halt all lending for new thermal coal mining projects, becoming the first major Australian bank to phase out

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The World Bank will no longer finance upstream oil and gas after 2019, France will ban cell phones in elementary schools, and Europeans develop a solar powered irrigation system with 30% less water consumption

The World Bank has announced it will "no longer finance upstream oil and gas, after

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World's third-largest insurer divests from tar sands and pipelines, France awards multi-year grants to U.S. climate scientists and 
UK establishes its first 'plastic free coastline'

AXA, the world's third-largest insurer, is divesting from tar sands and pipelines, France has awarded U.S. climate scientists

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U.N. resolution to eliminate plastic pollution in the sea signed by more than 200 countries, Australia secures funding for first offshore wind farm and first national enquiry into responsibility of fossil fuel industry for human rights impacts of climate change

More than 200 countries signed a

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A far more appealing future

Fewer antibiotics, less anger, living in harmony with urban wildlife, sharing homegrown produce with neighbours, zerowaste to oceans and an economy in which it makes sense to move away from coal ... a far more appealing future!

These stories and more

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Portugal's successful drugs policy, last coal mine closing in the Ruhr Valley, and a new Aboriginal-owned line of 
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Portugal's radical drugs policy is working; Germany is approaching life after coal as its last coal mine closes in the Ruhr Valley; and a new Aboriginal-owned

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Living with infections in the Age of Superbugs, an ultra-accessible water park, and a web crawler that is succeeding in the fight against online images of child sexual abuse

In the Age of Superbugs, physiologist Janelle Ayres is upending our understanding of how to fight infection by training our body

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Vancouver reaches 50% car-free travel, EnergieSprong's radical low energy retrofits, and the Sahara Forest Project growing food, restoring soil and working to reverse desertification

Vancouver has achieved 50% of trips by foot, bike or transit; EnergieSprong has arrived in Britain, delivering radical low energy retrofits

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Water fountains and charter to regulate pseudo-public spaces in London and Boston City Council banning plastic bags

The mayor of London is planning a network of water fountains to reduce plastic waste, and is responding to the growing corporate control of parks and squares by drawing up a charter

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New Mexican ocean reserve, deal to keep central Arctic Ocean off-limits for commercial fishing, and tour of 'commoning' in France

This planet is our commons ... the place we all share. Mexico has created a vast new ocean reserve to protect the 'Galapagos of North America'; nine nations, plus the EU, have reached a deal to place

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Insurance companies backing out of supporting coal, 25th bank rules out finance for Adani, Teflon phaseout preventing low-weight births, and secret protection for women against HIV

Fear + procrastination = inertia .... but we're finally starting to move, and that =  relief + elation ... and it's catching! growing number of

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ck dinners, sourcing sustainable raw materials for cars, developing a hybrid electric aircraft engine and Tesla's 100MW battery in South Australia

There's a growing 'trickle up' effect! At the grassroots level the trend of potluck dinners is building culturally diverse communities

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Slow walking movement in NSW, reintroducing wombats to benefit the environment and other wildlife, and a small grain Renaissance in Iowa

The world is starting to realise that nature holds the solutions to most of our problems. The slow walking movement is taking off in NSW national parks;

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Japan commits billions for social support, ranchers are helping wildlife and cattle coexist and hundreds of commons and 'new economy' mapping projects

A better way of living is possible! Japan has made an inspiring commitment to offer free day care for children 3 to 5 years old and free childcare

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Community-owned wireless infrastructure, solutions to increasing light pollution, and China launching world's first fully electric cargo ship

All over the U.S., big telecom is being rejected and subverted as rural communities and local governments are building community-owned wireless

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"Quiet Hour" in 68 Australian supermarkets, Children's Wild Play Garden opens at Centennial Park, and world's first sustainable highway

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), in partnership with Coles, has rolled out "Quiet Hour" in 68 supermarkets to make the shopping experience a little easier;the Ian Potter Children's Wild Play Garden

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Progress for young people suing Trump administration, new truly biodegradable plastic and solar heading to 1c/kWh

An appeals court has ruled against the Trump administration as it tries to block 21 young plaintiffs who are suing the federal government for its failure to protect them from global warming

Over 1000 residents in large high rise demonstrating zero waste, largest renewable energy project in a refugee camp, and soil's ability to store carbon

A 25-year-old high rise in Toronto, with over 1,000 residents, is showing how zero waste is possible, generating only one dumpster of garbage per month;

Bjork's "Utopia", Windsor Bridge Inquiry, Feeding an additional 825 million people and International Alliance to phase out coal from power generation before 2030

"If optimism ever was like an emergency, it’s now", says Bjork ... and The Big Fix agrees! Read about her new album "Utopia" in today's Solutions Digest.

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U.K. ratifies the Kigali agreement on HFCs, Microsoft pledges to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030 and Lithgow declared a Refugee Welcome Zone

Probably the most important action yet to reduce climate change! The U.K. has ratified the Kigali agreement on HFCs, commonly found in refrigerators and air

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Japan's recycling culture, all-electric bus fleet in Shenzhen and hospitals growing their own produce

In Japan it's illegal to throw away household appliances; Shenzhen is set to have the world's first all-electric public bus fleet; and Boston Medical Center is one of the burgeoning number of hospitals growing their

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UK backs a total ban on insect-harming pesticides, hemp now legal to use in food in Australia, and Coffin Clubs emerging to make death more affordable

The UK has agreed to back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe; hemp is now legal to be used in food in Australia with a range of new products

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Pedestrianizing Oxford Street, recognizing climate refugees, reducing ocean pollution and
removing water from cleaning products.

Pedestrianizing busy thoroughfares like Oxford Street; recognizing climate change as an official reason to seek asylum; targeting 10 rivers to reduce ocean pollution;

End of lab testing on chimpanzees in the U.S., world's largest hydraulic restoration project, and network of high-power EV charging stations for Europe

The era of biomedical research on chimpanzees in the United States is effectively over and lab chimps are moving to sanctuaries; Florida is attempting

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Restoring soil, protecting residents in Barcelona, and protecting community water in New Mexico and Colorado

A new book: "Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life" suggests that it's not only possible to restore soil on a global scale, but that it's feasible to do so remarkably fast; Barcelona residents have

Global efforts are shrinking the hole in the ozone layer, purchase of land near Barrier Reef to create conservation corridor and Britain's heritage apple boom

Imagine more of this ... thanks to global efforts since the mid-1980s to ban the emission of ozone-depleting chemicals, the giant hole in the Earth's protective ozone layer, is

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London to be
 world's first national park city? Replanting 70,000 acres of Amazon deforestation by 2023, and consuming oilsand tailings with fungus infused dandelions

We are entering the era of restoration and regeneration! For its size, London is one of the world's greenest cities and there is a campaign to declare it

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Australian coalition to end modern slavery, U.S. report on goods produced by slavery, and Finland's dry run of Universal Basic Income

A coalition of Australian organisations have released a statement of support against modern slavery, setting out key principles for the introduction of a Modern Slavery Act in Australia; 

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Sparkling water fountains and school pocket parks in Paris, and vending machines in Istanbul that feed stray dogs in exchange for plastic bottles

The way the world can be ... Paris is installing fountains of sparkling water and stripping out the asphalt and concrete in schoolyards to create new public pocket parks;

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Timber construction on the rise in France, breakthrough in 3-D printing of stainless steel and $700m solar, battery and pumped hydro project

The building and construction industries are experiencing major changes to enter the 'new world' ahead! Timber construction is on the rise in France; researchers

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Council of Europe recognising refugee qualifications, Kerala village tackling plastic waste, and chefs taking a 'root-to-leaf' approach to minimise waste

A new initiative by the Council of Europe is allowing refugees to have their qualifications assessed even when they cannot be fully documented; 

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Scotland's plans for a not-for-profit renewable energy company, Germany's renewable energy surplus and success of Rwanda's zero-tolerance approach to plastic bags

Scotland is setting up a publicly-owned, not-for-profit locally generating renewable energy company, with energy to be sold

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Chinese philanthropist donated $1.5 billion for wildlife conservation, City of Sydney tackles residential waste and Columbia creating conservation and sustainable development plans

One of China's richest women, He Qiaonv, has announced a $1.5 billion donation for

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Changing feelings and actions through art, NYC's first citywide community land trust, and the "sixth mass genesis"

A new book about how art can play an essential role in imagining and communicating a more sustainable future; New York City announces its first citywide community land trust

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China shuts down factories, twelve major cities aim to create fossil fuel free areas by 2030, New Zealand commits to climate change action and Singapore to freeze vehicle numbers 

Dear Australia .... China has shut down up to 40% of its factories in an unprecedented stand against pollution; twelve major cities including London,

Government intervention back in vogue as Neoliberalism's problems mount, free food carts in Australia and Byron Shire Council using steam weeding machines

Josh Bernstein, writing for the Guardian, believes that regulation and government intervention is back in vogue after the problems of the

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Perennial wheat, cancer breakthrough, South Australia breaking renewable energy records, and Portugese children suing 47 European nations

For 12,000 years, human agriculture has cultivated grains that are replanted every year, at enormous environmental cost. Now there is an alternative ... Kernza,

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Indonesian crackdown on illegal fishing, HIV advance by Australian scientists and South Korea's Green Credit Card

Indonesia's minister of maritime affairs, the controversial Susi Pudjiastuti, is blowing up fishing boats in a tough crackdown on illegal and unsustainable fishing; Australian scientists

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Victorian plastic bag ban, electric car charging in NSW, no new coal in Java, zero-emissions zone in Oxford and India rules on rape

Despite the litany of bad news flooding the media, there's an extraordinary amount of good work being done around the world to tackle the many challenges we're facing. In just

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Philosophy lessons lead to better behaviour, Kings Run returned to Aboriginal owners and bacon a 'no-no' in Belgium's new food guidelines

Philosophy lessons appear to be leading to better behaviour and marks at Malabar Public School in Sydney; a significant piece of the Tarkine in Tasmania,

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Mainstreaming plant-based meals, scholarships for 
Indigenous Australians,and Saudi Arabia diversifying away from fossil fuels

Kristie Middleton, from the Humane Society of the U.S., has helped convince 200 school districts, as well as the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard to serve tens of millions of

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Tesla of Ecovillages, three new marine parks, and gas plant rejected in California 

James Ehrlich, founder of ReGen Villages, the "Tesla of Ecovillages", is working to build self-reliant villages for the coming billions; three new marine parks will protect some 290,000 square miles of ocean - an area more than twice the size of

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Scotland bans fracking, McDonalds testing vegan burger, and 40 Catholic institutions to divest from fossil fuels

Society is reaching a tipping point as awareness is rising about the impact of our lifestyles on the broader ecoystem which supports life on earth. As a result, the Scottish government has announced a ban on

TransCanada's Energy East pipeline project canned, National Rifle Association in U.S. agrees to tighter restrictions, and off-grid homes for the homeless in Seattle

VICTORY! After First Nations standing together and being supported by non-Indigenous allies, TransCanada will not pursue the Energy East pipeline project

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Rooftop farms increasing, green ventilation corridors in Stuttgart and third car-free day in Paris

Rooftop farms and gardens are taking off around the world, Stuttgart is creating green ventilation corridors to enable fresh air to sweep down from the city's surrounding hills, and Paris just held its third car-free day and expanded it in space and time.

Crayfish return to the Murray River, NYC public schools offering vegan options, and making a stand against unjust WA laws

Threatened Murray crayfish are scuttling along the banks of the Murray River in the Echuca region for the first time in 10 years; all 1,200 schools in the New York City public school district will now offer at least one vegan option

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Global carbon emissions stood still in 2016, Africa's Great Green Wall reversing desertification, Nestle and Unilever commit to greener packaging and infant tetanus eradicated from the Americas

Global carbon emissions stood still in 2016, offering a welcome indication that we are nearing the peak in global annual

Consciousness restored to man in persistent vegetative state, depression in some caused by inflammation, and women to drive in Saudi Arabia

Expect the unexpected every day! A nerve implant has 'restored consciousness' to a man who has been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years; 

Bill Mollison, refugees in Germany, cultural life in Mosul and saving critically endangered frogs

It's one year since the death of Bill Mollison, the founder of permaculture, and it's worth remembering his words ... "although the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple."

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Britain is phasing out coal-burning power plants, eco-warriors are cutting down illegal palm plantations and Jakarta will build 3,000 child-friendly parks by 2022 

Britain is phasing out its coal-burning power plants, with the last one slated to be shuttered by 2025, if not sooner.

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Tactical Urbanism, Japanese towns going off the grid, and enough pumped hydro sites for Australia to go completely renewable

Tactical Urbanism is taking off around the world. Citizens are undertaking direct low-cost, high-reward actions that immediately improve the community's public life

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Organic farming corridors in India, U.S. banning toxic flame retardants, Scotland generating hydrogen fuel from tidal energy, and Australia attempting to run a steel mill with renewable energy

Extraordinary changes in how we've always done things are happening at an unprecendented rate: India starts work on organic farming corridors

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Restoring rivers with garden stakes, Fixfest, Mending Mondays, Clay Pipe Air Conditioners and Natural Dyes

Our culture is changing as individuals and groups globally embrace repair, restoration, permaculture and the aesthetics of natural materials - from restoring rivers with garden stakes, to a Fixfest, Mending Mondays,

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Indonesia declares emergency plan to clean up the Citarum River, Italy using 'anti-terror flower pots' and Girl Guides tackling loneliness among older people

The Indonesian Minsitry of Environment and Forestries (KLHK) has declared an "emergency plan to clean up the Citarum River"

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Researchers develop tiny energy-efficient and eco-friendly air conditioner, steelhead trout return after California's largest dam removal project, and a visionary community in Utah

Researchers from UCLA have developed an energy-efficient and eco-friendly air conditioner that is so small it fits in your pocket; 

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Investors pressure banks to act on climate change, Hebridean Ark Project attempts to regrow large forests and Tunisia overturns marriage ban

A coalition of institutional investors managing more than $1tn in assets is demanding that 60 of the world's largest banks take action to protect the world

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Offshore wind cheaper than nuclear in UK, off-grid office building in Adelaide, and electric school buses in California

The 'Point of Great Returns': Offshore wind is now cheaper than nuclear in the UK; Fluid Solar House in Adelaide is a unique off-grid office building - a world first for its type; 

Ozone layer continues to 'heal', Tesla to unveil electric lorry and 
mass-produced flexible, lightweight affordable solar panels 

This weekend marks the 30th birthday of the Montreal Protocol, often dubbed the world's most successful environmental agreement. It is slowly but surely reversing the damage

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An island begins to regrow, Missoula to tear down dam to restore fish route, and Indian farmers revive indigenous crops

An island between India and Sri Lanka is growing back after almost disappearing! Vaan Island shrank from 16 hectares in 1986 to about 1.5 hectares in 2015. Now pioneering work by researchers

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Paying farmers to care for bees in North Dakota, and banning plastic straws in Seattle and plastic bags in Western Australia

A new pilot project in North Dakota is paying farmers to use marginal land to plant bee habitat, host beehives and take precautions against pesticide drift; Seattle will ban plastic straws and utensils by July


Regulating collection of reef fish by aquariums, IVF for corals, and cities uncovering the rivers that run beneath them

The Hawai'i Supreme Court has halted the aquarium industry's unlimited collection and sale of reef fish and other wildlife; an Australian marine biologist has developed a kind of IVF for corals

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China commits to building an ecological civilisation, first plastic-free shop opens in London, and creating a political narrative of transformation and restoration

China has amended its constitution to call for the building of an ecological civilisation ... "We built an agricultural, then an industrial, and now must build

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UK government gives protection to seabirds, Mars pledges $1 billion to reducing greenhouse emissions, and NY makes school lunches free for all 1.1 million students

Part of the coastline in Northumberland which is one of the most important sites in the UK for seabirds such as Arctic terns and Atlantic puffins has been given

UK commits to 85% reduction of HFCs, Danish recirculating shower system and Dutch farmers reduce water dependency by 90%

We are finally waking up and becoming aware of the consquences of our actions .... even better, we're beginning to do somethig about it! The UK has committed to reducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by

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Humour for social change, Scotland phasing out diesel cars and introducing cash for containers, and palm oil company pressured to restore 1000 acres of peat forest

Humour is proving to be an effective way to disarm protesters who espouse bigotry and racial supremacy; Scotland has committed to phasing out diesel

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Queensland bans the bag & offers cash for containers, antibiotic use in animals down 65% in the Netherlands, and energy demand will plateau from 2030

Queensland shoppers will no longer be able to get plastic bags at the supermarket but will be able to cash in their cans and bottles under laws passed

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Denmark sells off its last oil company; China, Mexico and U.S. pledge to work together to save vaquita porpoise; and follow-up on organic weedkiller

In another sign that the petroleum era is drawing to a close, Denmark is selling off its last oil company. According to Peter Kurrild Klitgaard, a professor of political

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The 'Restoration Generation'; Australia and Timor-Leste strike deal, and empathic teaching

The 'new restoration generation' is proving that farmers can make more money planting native species than exotic species and that it's possible we can be the first generation in modern human history to leave the planet better than we

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Pontevedra becoming a car-free city, major car firms building electric cars in China, and railbiking through the Adirondacks

So love the thought of a cleaner, quieter world ... a world without the constant sound and pollution of fossil-fuelled machines. Great to see steps being taken to move in this direction. Pontevedra in

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Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program, UK's first zero waste restaurant, and Christchurch City Council using organic weed killer

The Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program is making it easier, safer and profitable for informants to turn in wildlife traffickers; Silo's inspiring and groundbreaking strategies have made it

Native title granted over the ocean in NSW, Prague's tree appreciation cycling route, and Edinburgh Zoo diverts 98% of waste away from landfill

Native title has been granted over the ocean for the first time in NSW, Australia, giving protection to the Dirrangan reef at the mouth of the Clarence River; 

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Powerful Movements: Daylighting, Connectivity and Animal Rights

Wonderful and powerful movements are springing up around the world to restore ecosystems and humanity's relationship with the natural world. From "Daylighting" rivers, to the "Connectivity" movement and a rise in caring about animal rights - from pets to wildlife.

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Degree apprenticeships without incurring debt in the UK, animal welfare bill in Lebanon, and prison sentences for plastic bag use or manufacture in Kenya

The British higher education system is rolling out an alternative education route: degree apprenticeships. They deliver a skill and qualification simultaneously, with students working four days a week

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Berlin becoming a Sponge City, bison returning to Europe, and U.S. & Australian states legislating their own renewable energy targets 

Berlin is becoming a Sponge City to solve drainage and heat problems as climate change accelerates, and bison are returning to Europe. Meanwhile, in the U.S. and Australia, federal governments

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An Environmental Health Clinic, China appoints 'river chiefs', and Chile rejects mine to protect penguins

Natalie Jeremijenko's experimental environmental health clinic is combining art, engineering, technology, and volunteering to help create an eco-mindshift; 

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First direct election in Syria since 1953 and China forming giant national park and exceeding 2020 target for solar installations

For the first time since 1953, a district in Syria has held a direct election in which voters chose their representatives to the local council; President Xi Jinping has said that he wants to transform China into an

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Legal precedent for endangered species protection, a hemp house in Canberra, and district heating networks in the U.K.

A strong precedent for the protection of endangered animal populations has been set by a Federal judge in Montana, who ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service broke the law in 2014

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Seattle to go strawless in September, McDonald's to curb global use of antibiotics, and India bans dissolving marriages instantly

It's simple ... all it takes to reduce a massive amount of pollution is to say 'no straw please'. Seattle will go strawless in September to prove that it's possible for life in the city to go on without plastic