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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

Spain has reduced motor traffic in its historical centre by 97% and by more than half elsewhere. Turning the streets over to people has improved quality of life and proven politically popular. Major car firms are moving to building electric cars in China. As early as next year China is requiring 8% of auto sales to be electric battery cars and plug-in hybrids, rising to 12% in 2020 and at least one-fifth of its vehicle sales by 2025. In the U.S. you can now go railbiking through the Adirondacks, and today at Blackheath Community Farm we'll be using a scythe instead of a whipper snipper. 

These stories and more in today's Solutions Digest:

• How Project Catalyst, a partnership between canegrowers, the government and private business, has been finding ways to improve both farm productivity and the growers' environmental footprint. Read more here

• VIDEO: Railbiking through the Adirondacks. View here

• How a Parkinson's breakthrough is reversing motor symptoms in monkeys. Read more here

• How major car firms are moving to building electric cars in China. As early as next year China is requiring 8% of auto sales to be electric battery cars and plug-in hybrids, rising to 12% in 2020 and at least one-fifth of its vehicle sales by 2025. Read more here

 

• How I'll be bringing along the scythe to the Blackheath Community Farm today as a quieter alternative to the whipper snipper. We'll be there from 10am at 60 Thirroul Ave (last gate). Link here

• How an 'audacious regeneration plan' has transformed Medellin, formerly known as the home of drug cartels, into a city that is open and sociable. Read more here

• How Pontevedra in Spain has reduced motor traffic in its historical centre by 97% and by more than half elsewhere. Turning the streets over to people has improved quality of life and proven politically popular. Read more here

• How urban beekeeping is trending in Sydney with hives at the airport, Rookwood Cemetery, the botanic gardens and on the rooftops of several plush inner-city hotels. Read more here 

 

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