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Quiet concrete to reduce noise pollution; the Girl Club taking over a village in India; and permaculture compulsory in schools in Timor-Leste

Noise has been described as the new secondhand smoke, and cities are now introducing strategies to reduce it ... like quiet concrete; Girl Clubs are springing up in remote villages across India,

and in one village, where most of the men are alcoholic, a group of girls took over the town and have brought about civic improvement "with a speed that would make any government bureaucrat envious"; and permaculture is now compulsory for all schools in Timor-Leste with 179 already implementing school gardens.

These stories and more in today's Solutions Digest:

• How Rowe Morrow has worked with permaculturists around the world to start a new group, P4R (Permaculture for Refugees). They've released their first booklet in a series to bring permaculture solutions to refugee situations. Permaculture for Refugees in Camps is a 20 page how-to guide outlining a positive approaches to transforming refugee camps. Read more here

• How Girl Clubs are springing up in remote villages across India, and in one village, where most of the men are alcoholic, a group of girls took over the town and have brought about civic improvement "with a speed that would make any government bureaucrat envious". Read more here

• How public pressure is making manufacturers finally remove plastic from teabags. Read more here

• How community gardens have been springing up around Rio's favelas since 2015. Read more here

• How over 170 countries reached agreement on Friday (13 April) to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping by "at least" 50% on 2008 levels by 2050, ending years of slow progress. Read more here

• How Global broadcasters Sky and National Geographic have teamed up to drive a global media campaign to reduce plastic litter in the ocean; and National Geographic will commit $10m to bring its scientific expertise, grants and media reach to support the work of Sky Ocean Ventures, launched last month to invest in businesses that can help solve the ocean plastic crisis. Read more here

• How immunotherapy has the ability to cure lung cancer with some patients who have now lived for eight years. Read more here

• How permaculture is now compulsory for all schools in Timor-Leste with 179 already implementing school gardens. Read more here

• How the city of Brussels has introduced a Tiffin Project to reduce waste when people take away food from restaurants. Read more here

• How Canberra has announced an electric vehicle action plan which includes proposals for charging stations on major routes including Canberra to Sydney and the coast, incentives for consumers to buy zero-emissions vehicles, and a zero-emissions vehicle fleet. Read more here 

• How Queen Elizabeth II and Sir David Attenborough have teamed up to create a documentary film focused on reforestation, including the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project, in which the royal family is planting trees in 53 countries. Read more here

• How noise has been described as the new secondhand smoke, and cities are now introducing strategies to reduce it ... like quiet concrete. Read more here

• VIDEO: How a small town in Guatemala has banned plastic products. View here 

• How Cardiff-based restaurant Dusty Knuckle has launched reusable pizza boxes made from aluminium that come with a lifetime guarantee that sees them replaced free of charge if damaged or broken. Read more here

 

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