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Ecological revolution

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.

It is a startling development for the nation that founded an industrial revolution powered by coal. In other stories, biologist Rudi Putra and his team of eco-warriors have been identifying and cutting down illegal palm oil plantations and recovering the lost forests of the Leuser ecosystem; and Jakarta is planning to build 3,000 child-friendly parks by 2022 in high density areas to absorb storm run-off and lessen the duration of floods.

These stories and more in today's Solutions Digest:

• How San Francisco has become the first major U.S. city, along with Oakland, to sue the fossil fuel industry, because it believes they, not taxpayers, should shoulder the billions of dollars in damages caused by extreme weather events that are exacerbated by the Earth's rising temperatures. Read more here

• How the oceans are being used to cool massive data centres, like Googles, with minimal environmental impact. Read more here

• How Britain is phasing out its coal-burning power plants, with the last one slated to be shuttered by 2025, if not sooner. It is a startling development for the nation that founded an industrial revolution powered by coal. Read more here

• How Denmark is a leader in teaching social skills in the hopes of teaching students to care for one another at a young age, a quality that school leaders worry is being increasingly lost in modern society. Read more here

• How, armed with a chainsaw and a copy of Indonesia's environmental laws, biologist Rudi Putra and his team of eco-warriors have been identifying and cutting down illegal palm oil plantations and recovering the lost forests of the Leuser ecosystem. So far they've restored 2,000 hectares. Read more here

• How designers are growing furniture with mycelium and you can now even order your own kit to grow a lampshade out of it. Read more here and here

 • How a new report focuses on 100 urban solutions to climate change around the world, including how Jakarta is planning to build 3,000 child-friendly parks by 2022 in high density areas to absorb storm run-off and lessen the duration of floods. Read more here

 

The image above is taken from the cover of the book by John Bellamy Foster ... read more here

 

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