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EU investigating planned Bayer-Monsanto merger, connected forests increasing species survival, world's largest data centre to be built in the Arctic, and DIY Powerwalls

The European Commission has started an in-depth investigation of Bayer's planned $66 billion takeover of U.S. seeds group Monsanto; 

new research demonstrates that connecting forest fragments can help species survive 13 times as long as they would in isolated forest fragments; the Arctic Circle looks set to become the home of the world's largest data centre, which aims to be powered entirely by renewable energy; and alternative energy enthusiasts are building their own DIY versions of Tesla's Powerwall using recycled laptop batteries which they're saving from landfill.

These stories and more in today's Solutions Digest:

• How London's Borough Markets is to introduce free drinking water fountains as part of a new pledge to phase out sales of all single-use plastic bottles over the next six months. It aims to make all other packaging biodegradable and compostable. Read more here

• How the European Commission has started an in-depth investigation of Bayer's planned $66 billion takeover of U.S. seeds group Monsanto. Read more here

• How new research demonstrates that connecting forest fragments can help species survive 13 times as long as they would in isolated forest fragments. Read more here

• How over 200,000 kerosene lamps being used by street vendors in Delhi are being replaced with solar alternatives. Read more here

• How Marks & Spencer (M&S) is introducing new men's jeans that have been produced using five times less water than conventional methods, as well as having reduced energy and chemical footprints. Read more here

• How alternative energy enthusiasts are building their own DIY versions of Tesla's Powerwall using recycled laptop batteries which they're saving from landfill. Read more here

• How the Arctic Circle looks set to become the home of the world's largest data centre, which aims to be powered entirely by renewable energy. Read more here

 

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