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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

and studying for one, and not incurring debt! In other news, the Lebanese President signed the country's first animal welfare bill into law, guaranteeing that domestic and wild animals will be legally protected from abuse; and Kenya is taking plastic pollution so seriously that new rules will now forbid the use of plastic grocery bags and call for prison and steep fines for anyone manufacturing or importing them.  

These stories and more in today's Solutions Digest:

• How a power plant that will generate energy from seaweed is expected to start operating in Indonesia in 2019. Listen to Gunter Pauli here

• VIDEO: Meet the repair techs at The Restart Center, a student-led repair tutoring center in New York City. View here

• How the Lebanese President signed the country's first animal welfare bill into law, guaranteeing that domestic and wild animals will be legally protected from abuse. Read more here

• How 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 and studying for one, and not incurring debt. Read more here

• How U.S. researchers have found that heart attack survivors given anti-inflammatory injections have fewer future episodes and lower cancer risk. Read more here

• How a research team at Stanford University has outlined a new roadmap for 139 countries to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050, which it claims would avoid 1.5C global warming and prevent millions of premature deaths from air pollution. Read more here

• How new rules in Kenya will now forbid the use of plastic grocery bags and call for prison and steep fines for anyone manufacturing or importing them. Read more here

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