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First 
entirely Indigenous-run police station in Western Australia; City of London to achieve 100% renewable energy in its 'square mile' by October; and African King of Condoms preventing new HIV infections

The first entirely Indigenous-run police station in Western Australia is using


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Rare animals emerging in China's reforested areas; Libraries After Dark providing gambling alternative; and McDonalds replacing plastic straws in the UK and Ireland

Rare animals are emerging after 20 years of reforestation in NW China; four Melbourne libraries, in a program called Libraries After Dark,


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A grassroots movement to create marine protected areas; "Be My Eyes" connecting blind users with sighted volunteers via an 'app'; and the Indigenous Land Corporation growing the "Indigenous Estate"

Pierre-Yves Cousteau is leading a grassroots movement to create marine protected areas; Manuel Solano, a blind


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Reclaim Appalachia converting former mines to farms; giving young farmers access to land with Australia's first organic farming alliance; and reviving green turtle populations

Reclaim Appalachia is working to convert former mine land into low cost useable farmland as part of building a new


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Coral IVF; the Burrito Project to feed the poor; and the 'Living Nature' exhibit at Milan Design Week

A coral fertility treatment, being called 'coral IVF', is helping to increase numbers of baby coral on reefs at Heron Island and One Tree Island; a grassroots project to feed the poor in the United States is growing, burrito by burrito;


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Ikea to phase out single-use plastic products by 2020; Burger King to roll out compostable straws by September; and Australia starts work on world's most sustainable shopping centre

Ikea is to phase out all single-use plastic products from its stores and restaurants by 2020; Burger King


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Impact investing doubled in the last year; Plastic Free July kicks off with Transition Bondi film screening; and #WaronWasteAU screening again in July

The movements to 'fix' the problems of the world are growing .... the amount of money being invested in "world changing causes" or impact investing, doubled in the last


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Share the Dignity 'paddy van', vending machines and 3,500 volunteers; Nesterly pairing older homeowners with young renters; and Single O reduces single-use cup waste by 47%

Share the Dignity now has a 'paddy van', 40 vending machines around Australia, and 3,500 volunteers who are providing


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Nine US communities have reached 'functional zero' for homelessness; campaign to plant ten-billion trees to create Trump Forest; and revolutionary 'Alzheimer's village'

Nine communities in the United States have reached a rigorous standard known as 'functional zero' for either veteran or chronic homelessness;


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Tourism and wildlife flourish in Sikkim after pesticide and plastic ware bans; India pledges to eliminate all single-use plastic; and Blak Box pavilion in Sydney celebrates dreaming and deep listening

After the state of Sikkim banned pesticides and plastic ware, tourism and wildlife began to flourish,


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New fridges without harmful refrigerants; personalised immunotherapy defeating terminal cancers; and Miss America ending its swimsuit competition

New thermoelectric fridges are being built that don't use climate-harming refrigerants; personalised immunotherapy is having dramatic results in tackling


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Hawaii has passed a law to go carbon neutral by 2045; Apple is making it harder to track activity on iPhones; and Woolworths will stop selling plastic straws by the end of 2018

Hawaii just passed a law to make the state carbon neutral by 2045; Apple is making it harder for companies to track activity on iPhones;


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New study reveals chemo not needed in many early breast cancers; oyster reef restoration in South Australia; and Chile to ban plastic bags

According to a major international study, many women with early-stage breast cancer who would receive chemotherapy under current standards do not actually need it;


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Vinyl records pressed from recycled marine plastic; US company removing plastic straws from 1,000 locations; and hardware stores removing deadly paint strippers

Sydney Water has created the world's first vinyl record pressed from recycled marine plastic; a major American food-service company is going to ban


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London's Rubbish Cafe; All Vegan Tours; and Nature Conservancy chosen to protect Murrumbidgee floodplain

The Rubbish Cafe, a pop-up in Convent Garden, London, let their customers exchange their plastic waste for food from a zero-waste menu; Intrepid Travel has just launched All Vegan Tours


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Scottish government gives vote to refugees; Green Building Council of Australia focuses on biodiversity and ecology; and Iraqi students salvaging culture to bring city back to life

The Scottish government is giving the right to vote to refugees and asylum seekers; the Green Building Council of Australia wants the building


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Monsanto is being sued for hiding cancer-causing dangers of Roundup; EU is being sued for not acting on climate change; and musicians are celebrating intergenerational communities

An individual, De Wayne Johnson, will be the first person to take Monsanto to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing


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Bhungroo, a 'straw for the earth'; otters recolonizing Singapore; and Australian architects focus on endangered Victorian grass plants at Venice Architecture Biennale

Two social entrepreneurs in India have invented Bhungroo, a 'straw for the earth', which is collecting water in floods so that it's available to use in


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#HomeToVote campaign's success; dramatic new shipping fuel standards that could sink tar sands/oil expansion; and musicians supporting farmers

#HomeToVote has motivated Irish women from around the world to board planes and return to Ireland to successfully repeal the 8th; new shipping fuel standards


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Rodent eradication saves world's southernmost songbird; first major fossil fuels producer stops seeking growth and reduces reserves; and premature birth rates drop after closure of coal and oil plants

A massive rodent eradication effort on South Georgia Island has saved the South Georgia pipit,


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Strips of wildflowers to reduce need for pesticides; Tasmanian local governments providing housing support for older people; and 
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To reduce the need for pesticides, trials are being run with strips of wildflowers planted through fields in Switzerland


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Social Bite Cafe Chain builds homes for the homeless in Scotland; Rip Curl offers Wetsuit Recycling Program; and EU's top court backs ban on bee-harming insecticides 

Social Bite, a cafe chain that employs homeless people and runs a scheme to provide free food to rough sleepers, has gone a step further,


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New TV show about conversing respectfully; study comparing natural regeneration and treeplanting; and research demonstrating that cold washing quadruples longevity of clothes

Andrew Denton is modelling how to converse respectfully with people you don't agree with in his new TV show;


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Vancouver to ban straws and foam containers by 2019; India's solar station; Germany 100% renewable on May Day; and retailers withdraw yabby nets to protect wildlife

The City of Vancouver will ban straws and foam containers by 2019 as part of a strategic plan to reach zerowaste by 2040; India now has


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Estonia to provide free public transport; launch of Plastic Free Trust Mark; and New Zealand pledges to measure success by wellbeing, not just GDP

On July 1, the entire country of Estonia will create the largest 24/7 free public transit zone in the world, one that will stretch across its entire territory;


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India rules seeds can't be patented; Senate upholds Net Neutrality; and Delaware becomes first US state to ban child marriage

India's top court has upheld a decision that seeds can't be patented; the Senate voted 52 to 47 to reverse the Federal Communications Commission decision in December to repeal landmark 2015 net


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Seattle City Council taxes Amazon and largest companies to fund affordable housing; Odisha hands out land rights to slum dwellers; and "Grassroots: A Documentary"

Seattle City Council will tax Amazon and the city's largest companies to fund more affordable housing and reduce homelessness; Odisha, one of India's


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Homeless given sanctuary in St Boniface church; Paul Quinn College turned football field into an organic urban work farm; and two African women stopped government's secret nuclear deal

The non-denominational Gubbio Project was founded to provide sanctuary, a place to rest, and support, to an average of 225


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Costa Rica to become the first fully decarbonised country in the world; Dubai project to farm the desert; and logging ban extended to protect Victoria's Leadbeater's possums

Costa Rica's new president has announced a plan to ban fossil fuels and become the first fully decarbonised country in the world; a pilot project


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'Love Tunnel' for Mountain Pygmy Possums; dilapidated dingo farm transformed; and lesser long-nosed bat first U.S. bat to recover from imminent threat of extinction

Zoos Victoria, Mt Hotham Resort and DELWP have built a specially designed 'love tunnel' to link male and female critically endangered Mountain Pygmy


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Wales to become world's 'first refill nation'; Sweden introduces world's 'first mental health ambulance'; and Norway creating world's 'first zero emissions zone at sea'

A lot of 'world firsts' happening! Wales is collaborating with water companies, businesses and charities to become the world's first 'refill nation',


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Kerala commited to 100% organic by 2020; Vancouver land trust to build more than 1,000 apartments for low-income residents; and specialized environmental courts growing globally

High cancer rates motivated the Kerala government in India to commit to making its agriculture 100 percent organic by 2020


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Art & Science work to create perfect chicken for African farmers; improving conditions for the world's poorest shoemakers; and a virtual microgrid in the Latrobe Valley

Art and science are working together as researchers in Ethiopia embark on a quest to create the perfect chicken for African farmers


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Muhammad Yunus and social impact; NZ government promises homes for homeless before winter; and public banking in U.S.

Muhammad Yunus encourages us to see the world not through the lens of profit, but of social impact, and has written a new book: "A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment


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Humpback whale comeback; Hawaii bans the pesticide chlorpyrifos; and Queensland passes the strongest land-clearing laws in its history

Humpback whales in the southern oceans near Antarctica appear to be making a comeback, with females in recent years having a high pregnancy rate


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Facial recognition in India helps reunite 3,000 missing children with their parents; draconian plastic bag ban cleaning up Kenya; and grassroots victory against industrial pig farming

Indian police found 3,000 missing children within four days of launching a new facial recognition system - it compared  photos of


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KSCA artist/farmer/scientist project; States sue Trump over rollback of fuel economy standards; and New Hampshire mobile home parks become resident-owned cooperatives

The Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation is now working on a multi-partner project in regional NSW which is bringing together artists, farmers


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Community Land Trusts; hospitality training for the homeless, refugees and young people with additional needs; and cultural reforms sweeping Saudi Arabia

Growing Community Land Trusts to create affordable housing; Farming Hope, Four Brave Women and Moon Rabbit: cafes providing employment


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Hope for future of biodiversity conservation; India's forest cover grows over 6,700 sq km in two years; Pakistan sets world record planting over one million mangroves; and Indonesias pressured by Asian Games to reduce annual fire haze

A landmark paper finds that the enormous trends toward population


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Europe bans bee-killing pesticides; Netherlands cleans their chlorine-free water by dune filtration; and world's first e-waste microfactory launched in Sydney

European regulators on Friday approved a "groundbreaking" and "historic" ban on neonicotinoids - the bee-killing pesticides; water companies


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Preston in the UK is reversing a failing system; Europe's largest bank to stop funding fossil fuels; and Penrith council installs water refill stations

Preston in the UK is proving that failing systems can be improved to become fairer for all. The “Preston Model” is helping inspire a new conversation


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Hollows Foundation helping 500 blind Rohingya refugees a week to see again; zero-waste grocery store opens in Singapore; and Michael Bloomberg to pay for US commitment to Paris Agreement

The Hollows Foundation is supporting doctors to fix the eyes of 500 people a week in a Rohingya refugee camp in


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Rewilding farmland in West Sussex; returning bison to the wilds of Siberia; and closing the southern part of Central Park to cars

A pioneering project to 'rewild' farmland in West Sussex is attracting more and more endangered species and producing a wealth of information


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Corridor planting for red squirrels in Wales; Rotary planting mangroves in the Bahamas; and carbon-farming to tackle climate change in the U.S.

100,000 trees and 75 miles (120km) of hedges will be planted in four corners of Wales to help connect woodlands and create safe habitat corridors


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Dance parties for the elderly; 16,359 electric buses in Shenzhen; and trialling nature-based coastal defences in Port Phillip Bay

Dance parties are being held in Amsterdam to help elderly people feel less lonely. They get people together on the dance floor for what one organizer calls legitimized "knuffelen" — hugging;


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Germany to massively restrict weed-killer glyphosate; 60 British music festivals to ban single-use plastic; and Flemish government to ban new urban development from 2040 unless an equivalent area of land is returned to nature

Germany is finalizing a draft regulation to end use of the weed-killer glyphosate in household gardens,


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UK to ban plastic straws, stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds; Indonesia to expand rehabilitation centres instead of prisons; and researchers discover moss that can clear arsenic from water

The UK has announced their plan to ban all plastic straws, stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds


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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,


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Bruce Pascoe on the Great Forgetting; Mariam Issa and RAW; and new global pact on biodiversity

Bruce Pascoe, author of Dark Emu, spoke today at the Australasian Permaculture Convergence about 'The Great Forgetting', and drew attention to the absence in our histories of information about Aboriginal culture


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World's first electrified road in Sweden; zero-waste cellphone in sight; and stem cell therapy cures age-related macular degeneration in two patients

The world's first electrified road that recharges the batteries of cars and trucks driving on it has been opened in Sweden; researchers have perfected


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The American Revolution for a Participatory Society (RPS); the visible mending movement; and Paris creating a new urban model with more than 100 hectares of gardens and urban farms

RPS 2044 is a new book visioning the future. It tells the story of the American Revolution for a Participatory Society


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Iceland to stop using palm oil in own-brand products; Waitrose to remove all disposable coffee cups; Apple running completely on green energy; Lia invents biodegradable pregnancy test; and supreme court orders Colombian government to protect Amazon rainforest

Two UK supermarket chains are


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Building social housing to solve homelessness; buying land in Sumatra to replace palm oil farming with permaculture; and City States readying to replace failing Nation States

The simplest way to solve the housing crisis is for governments to build more social housing, as they've done in


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Taiwan's 'forested' apartment building; UK's ban on ivory sales; and new Youth Off The Streets school and Cycle of Courage program

Taiwan has built a 21-storey apartment building covered with 23,000 trees and shrubs, which has natural lighting and ventilation, rainwater recycling and solar panels;


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Palau introduces "passport pledge" committing visitors to protect its environment; new electronic glasses helping the blind to see; and Sea Shepherd and Mexican government working together to protect the vaquita porpoise

Palau is the first nation to change its immigration laws in order to protect the


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Communities demanding increased corporate ethics; 30% drop in plastic bags on UK seabeds; and NY police chief helping drug addicts instead of arresting them

Communities are focusing more on ethics and pressuring companies to serve a social purpose ... and companies are responding; scientists studying the seas


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Australian supermarkets phasing out single-use plastic bags; British supermarket chain phasing out plastic straws; and Philippines closing tourist island for rehabilitation

Major supermarkets in Australia have begun the phase-out of single-use plastic bags; Waitrose, the British supermarket chain,


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Replacing asphalt with green infrastructure; Europe's carbon-trading market significantly reining in carbon emissions; and solution for corruption

They're ripping up asphalt in Milwaukee as the city invests in green infrastructure to handle heavy downpours; some 13 years after it was created, Europe's $38 billion


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California banning HFCs; South Sudan eradicating guinea worm; and first 3D house built fully to code

California is banning hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that trap heat in the atmosphere at a rate thousands of times that of carbon dioxide; South Sudan announced a milestone step


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Toronto making its buildings bird-friendly; three sporting events in England go 'plastic free'; and Indian bio-toilet generates power and recycles its own water

Toronto is working to make its buildings bird-friendly to reduce the number of migrating birds dying after crashing into glass; three sporting events


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Successful agroforestry in Kenya; turning fog into water in Morocco; and Victoria's eastern barred bandicoot bounces back after being classified as extinct in the wild, thanks to successful captive breeding program

In Kenya's Rift Valley, rural communities are implementing agroforestry to respond


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Apple detective rediscovering heritage apple varieties thought to be extinct; London's congestion charge working with 30% fewer private cars entering the zone; and tiny home community helping residents own their own home within seven years

David Benscoter, a retired federal investigator in the U.S., has been


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Australian Indigenous student mentoring organisation goes global; mental health vending machines; and New Zealand trialling working for four days but getting paid for five

AIME, an organisation with the goal of mentoring Indigenous students through school to university, to try and close the huge literacy and education gap


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Australia generated more electricity from renewable energy than brown coal over summer; 147 people rescued from bonded slavery in a brick kiln in India; and hundreds of public libraries across the U.S. are distributing free seeds to library-goers. 

This summer, for the first time ever in


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Artists create a rebel bank and print money to buy back people's debts; musicians help turn
 articles into songs to evade government censors; and McDonald's UK starts phasing out plastic straws

Artists in the UK have started a rebel bank to print money to raise funds and buy back people's debt;


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ACT passes motion to broaden refugee community sponsorship program; customers in UK leave packaging in shop; and Earthworker Cooperative building worker-owned factory and green cleaning service 

The ACT Government has just unanimously passed a motion calling on the Australian Government to broaden the refugee community sponsorship


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US Congress rejects weakening of Endangered Species Act; Olive Ridley turtle eggs hatch on Versova Beach after 20 year absence; and London Refill Scheme to reduce plastic waste

The US Congress has responded to weeks of intense pressure from conservation groups and largely rejected more than a dozen provisions that would have


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'Wild, unprecedented' criminal justice reforms in Philadelphia; alcohol makers turn away from plastic straws; and San Francisco bans sale of fur as fashion houses drop fur from fashion lines  

The era of mass incarceration, breeding animals for fur and using plastic straws, is coming to an end.


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Kaurna people recognised as traditional owners; Chinese government adopts sponge cities as eco-city template; and Bayswater Council lifts red tape to allow food growing on public land

The Kaurna people have been officially recognised as the traditional land owners for most of the Adelaide area;


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Lawyers challenge Trump's attempt to reverse Arctic drilling ban; eastern quoll returns to mainland Australia; and EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on May 25

There has been a legal victory in the first round of challenging Trump's attempt to reverse the Arctic and Atlantic drilling ban;


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Tree bonds in Victoria; green roofs in Denver; and organic or local food in French public sector 

Tree bonds have recently been proposed by Stonnington City Council as a way to stop trees being destroyed in Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs; a new ordinance in Denver requires green roofs on buildings


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The Indian state of Maharashtra bans the manufacture and sale of disposable plastics; Salvation Army opens first nonprofit grocery store; and London installs a moss-filled park bench to reduce particulate pollution

The state of Maharashtra in India, which includes Mumbai, has banned the manufacture and sale of plastic


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Chinese cities reduce particulate pollution by 32 percent; humanity voluntarily and dramatically limiting family sizes; and Western science acknowledging Traditional Knowledge

Since declaring its war on pollution in 2014, Chinese cities have cut the concentration of fine particulates in the air by an average of


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Florida bans child marriage; Queensland converts mine to solar and pumped hydro storage farm; and the Fixing Movement takes off internationally

Florida has finally banned child marriage; an abandoned mine in Queensland has become a world-first solar and pumped hydro storage farm; and there are now 1,500 Repair


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German substations to be converted to electric charging; cleaner grid in US making electric cars greener; Flemington markets go solar; and Castlemaine seed library

Germany plans to convert 12,000 distribution substations to electric car charging and electric cars are becoming increasingly greener in the


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Champion of housing for the poor wins the Pritzker prize; China demonstrates how to used retired car batteries, and set to create a 
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Balkrishna Doshi, the internationally renowned champion of housing for India's poor, was awarded the Pritzker prize last week. He said that architects and urban planners


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Sobah beer; Tanzania's US$119 million plan to end violence against women and children; and new Regenerative Organic Certification

Sobah, an aboriginal-owned, non-alcoholic craft beer company with bush tucker infused beers, has launched on the Gold Coast; Tanzania is becoming a global leader with a


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Plastic Whale's action on plastic pollution; Indian doctor growing food for pregnant women; and Rocky Mountains Elk Foundation creating more public land

Plastic Whale's founder is committed to getting everyone moving on doing something about plastic waste and, as well as collecting plastic trash from Amsterdam's canals,


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NSW Government's land-clearing laws quashed; British educators cautiously increasing risk for children; and women now jogging in Saudi Arabia

The Land and Environment court has ruled that the NSW Government's land-clearing laws were made unlawfully, and are therefore invalid; educators in Britain, after


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Bruce Pascoe awarded Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature; UK's greenhouse gas emissions have fallen to a level last seen in 1890; and pine martens help save red squirrels!

This week, Indigenous author Bruce Pascoe was awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime


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Traditional Aboriginal Healers in South Australian hospitals; Barbie releases 17 new dolls based on inspiring women; and Aldi unveils sweeping measures to slash plastic waste

In South Australia, a policy of cultural respect in the public health system strives to allow Indigenous patients to request a Traditional


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North Korea willing to denuclearize?; Calfornian Bill to label items at risk of plastic microfibre shedding; and Quebec community defeats big 'oil and gas' to protect their water supply

North Korea has signalled a willingness to 'denuclearize' (fingers crossed this isn't 'fake news'); a new Californian Bill


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Grow Free carts; NZ government promoting global nuclear and chemical weapon disarmament; and sauce sachets made from seaweed

More than 130 brightly coloured Grow Free sharing carts decorated with the slogan “Take What You Need, Give What You Can” have sprung up across Adelaide


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Scotland's murder rate plummets 60%; research on seagrasses and their ability to remove pathogens and pollutants from the water column; and growing 'seed to table' trend

While police forces in England and Wales struggle to confront a resurgent knife crime epidemic, Scotland did not see a single person


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Plogging fitness craze, new study supporting ban of neonicotinoid pesticides in the EU, and the return of glass milkbottles

Swedes have a new fitness craze called plogging - where you collect trash as you run; a report from the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), which analysed more than 1,500 studies,


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Tourists fish for plastic in Amsterdam; 'Return and Earn' Reverse Vending Machine in McGraths Hill; and dingoes as 'guardian angels'

Plastic Whale takes tourists on canal tours to fish for plastic in Amsterdam; the Australian Hotel at McGraths Hill now has a new 'Return and Earn' Reverse Vending Machine;


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Plastic-free aisle launched in Netherlands' supermarket; Californian court ruling ends pesticide spraying; and America's largest sports retailer ends sales of assault-style rifles

A Netherlands supermarket has launched a plastic-free aisle with more than 700 products, and plans for a national roll-out;


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Darebin Council bans balloons and disposables at city events; Offices of Community Wealth Building; and the 'Force of Decency' awakening in America

Balloons, and disposable food containers and cups are being banned at events held on council property in the City of Darebin in North Melbourne; "Offices of


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Las Vegas making homeless encampments permanent and well-supported; Annapurna Library in India storing nearly-extinct and rare indigenous rice seeds; and a dairy in Victoria producing 'kind milk' 

Las Vegas is working 'feverishly' to address its affordable housing shortage and, instead of clearing out


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Seychelles creates marine parks in return for writing off its national debt; GE's failed gamble on fossil fuels; and the Roots of Empathy program in schools

The tropical island nation of Seychelles is to create two huge new marine parks in return for a large amount of its national debt being written off,


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Grandmother park-bench therapists in Zimbabwe; Taiwan banning all single-use plastic by 2030; and Frome's collective project to tackle isolation reduces emergency hospital admissions

Dr. Dixon Chibanda, who is one of only 12 psychiatrists in Zimbabwe, has trained grandmothers in evidence-based talk therapy,


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Hedgehog crossings in London, border collies helping regenerate forests, and the rise of public banking

In an effort to make London more hospitable for hedgehogs, Michel Birkenwald is building passages for them to travel from one green space to the next; three Border Collies have been trained to run through


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Liverpool residents take back control of their community; public spaces inspiring affection; and Denton to become biggest 100% renewable city in the US

To revive their derelict area in Liverpool, a group of residents took it over! They started markets, and a Community Land Trust, and "beat a housing system that comprehensively


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Oyster regeneration projects expanding in Australia and scientists using stem cells to repair lung tissue in a patient

The future is looking bright for oyster regeneration in Australia. Following South Australia's lead, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland are increasing their efforts to re-establish reefs


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Global treeplanting and the growth of agro-forestry; and the uptake of large scale biodigesters and Home Biogas

There is a great global attempt to plant and restore forest landIn China, for example, over 60,000 Chinese soldiers are being withdrawn from northern border areas and tasked with a new mission: planting


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Indian activists heading to court to protect waterways; No-Till farming revolution to protect soils; and BBC vows to remove single-use plastics by 2020

In cities across India, activists are heading to court to force municipalities and states to take action to clean up the country's polluted rivers;


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Mullumbimby Woolworths preparing customers for plastic bag ban; social and ecological resistance in Rojava, North Kurdistan; and farmers hacking tractors

Mullumbimby Woolworths staff are working hard to ease their customers into the habit of bringing their own bags so they will be ready


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Scotland AND the Queen to ban plastic straws, 'world's most sustainable shopping centre' in Melbourne, and Nightingale Housing making utopian housing visions a reality

Scotland AND the Queen are banning plastic straws; the 'world's most sustainable shopping centre' with a rooftop farm


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UK Council asks wealthiest residents to voluntarily pay double their tax, Court recognizes right to a healthy environment as fundamental to human existence, and NZ Company pays workers full-time salary to work four days

After consultation demonstrated strong support, Westminster City Council is launching a new scheme


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Chile bans Kinder Surprises, Paris cracks down on Slumlords and Wollongong on a mission to become a plastic-free city

Amongst a range of sweeping strategies, Chile has even banned Kinder Surprises in the world's most ambitious attempt to turn the tide on the global obesity epidemic by remaking a country's food


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India to give free health care to half a billion poor people, SA to train 51,000 unemployed to become kindergarten teachers, and Saudi Arabi creates more jobs for women

Last week India announced a plan to give free health care to half a billion poor Indians. It would cover more people than any other government-funded health


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Germany addresses 'hate speak' on social media, capital city of Rwanda bans cars and buses for one day every month, and addressing the 'nitrogen pollution dragon'

Germany has addressed the wide-ranging crisis in social media and if you change your country location to Germany it appears you can enjoy social media


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Treeplanting and other strategies for flood mitigation in Wolverley, more children surviving in Africa. and 50k low and middle-income families in SA to receive solar panels

10:10 climate action has been funded to help communities tackle climate change and protect themselves from flooding at the same time. Alongside tree


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measure success based on wellbeing indicators, Suncoast Gleaning Project and Ursula Le Guin on the need to restructure our language

The New Zealand government is planning to set up a framework to measure success based on wellbeing indicators, not just pure economic measures; 


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Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation, wildflower plantings through crops in England to reduce pesticide spraying, and Hong Kong commits to banning ivory trading by 2021

The Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation has just received a $150,000 grant from Create NSW for their project "An artist, a farmer and a scientist walk into a bar ..."; 


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Tesla electric car chargers in Gundagai, Paris reduces driving and traffic fatalities by almost half, and major UK retailer develops plastic free, biodegradable paper teabag

The world is transforming! I saw my first Tesla electric car chargers in Gundagai; Paris has reduced the amount of driving within city limits by almost half


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Replacing NYC ads with art, Unilever commits to ethical palm oil farming, and new book on collaborative housing around the world

A guerilla project is replacing NYC ads with art; Unilever has struck a deal with a government-owned palm oil plantation firm in Indonesia to improve farmer livelihoods and increase yields


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The rise of Community Land Trusts, Denver government hiring the homeless, and biomining to extract rare earth metals from ore, old mobile phones and hard drives

Communities are forming Community Land Trusts to keep housing affordable. In the UK alone, CLTs have grown six-fold since 2010 with 225 in existence.


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The 202020 Vision to increase green space by 20%, the Triocup eliminating need for plastic lids, and world's largest single-tower solar thermal plant to be built in SA

The 202020 Vision is a mass collaboration of more than 400 Australian organisations to create 20% more green space in urban areas by 2020; the new Triocup


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US Hospitals create non-profit drug company, ecologists find ways to minimise artificial lighting to protect ecosystems, and China pledges to make its skies blue again in three years

Some 300 hospitals and the Department of Veterans Affairs in the US are founding a non-profit drug company to tackle price


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Ursula Le Guin, community-owned battery, energy and internet services, and blackwater recycling in a San Francisco skyscraper

If you've been missing our Solutions Digest, it's because I've had a break away with the family this week. Back on deck today, but saddened to hear about the death of Ursula Le Guin


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Peru declares new national park in the Amazon, Norway's $1.1 trillion wealth fund dumps nuclear weapons, and Chernobyl to become a renewable energy farm

After a 30-year struggle by neighbouring communities, Peru has declared a new national park in the


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Colombia's inclusive peace accord, Vision Zero reducing traffic deaths, and early childhood intervention program for refugees

Colombia has created the most inclusive peace accord in history with an entire chapter devoted to gender; traffic deaths have hit historic


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Major UK retailer commits to eliminating own brand plastic packaging, Evening Standard launches campaign against plastic straws, and Norwegian government agrees to phase out fur farms

'Iceland' in the UK has become the first major retailer to commit to


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China's 'ecological red line' program, wolf recorded in Flanders, and creating antibiotics from dirt

China is promoting an "ecological red line" program which will force provinces and regions to restrict "irrational development" to curb construction near rivers, forests and


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Agroecology movement, Scotland banning plastic cotton buds, Bunnings replacing Yates Confidor with natural and organic pesticides, and sewing revival.

The industrial system is being changed - from Deep Green Resistance at one end to smaller changes at the other ... it's all adding


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New York turns the world 'the right side up' by suing five major oil companies and divesting $5 billion from fossil fuel companies; and energy sufficiency instead of efficiency!

Naomi Klein believes that New York City is taking a game changing first step in "turning the world the right


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Voicebook in Central India, free public transport in Dunkirk, and a Zero Emissions Zone in Madrid

In the forests of Central India, one former BBC journalist has built Voicebook - a voice-based online portal that allows people in the forests to report local news by making a phone call; 


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Stephen Hawking on black holes and depression, Judi Dench on trees, and Reparations Ecology

Stephen Hawking turned 76 on Monday and, in giving advice on coping with depression, highlighted that black holes aren't the eternal prisons they were once thought to be; Judi Dench shares her passion for


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City-run public banks, Starbucks to charge for disposable coffee cups and UK to plant more than 
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There is a growing movement to create city-run public banks that serve the needs of citizens, not investors; Starbucks has announced a three-month trial in its London stores,


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We are changing the story with dizzying speed ... let's keep it up in 2018!

Thank you everyone, we are creating seismic change around the world - and even just by liking and sharing 'solutions media' we are changing the story! Let's keep it up in 2018. Check out today's bumper Solutions Digest with stories about Brazil


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Electric and hybrid cars outselling fossil fuel cars in Norway, India looking at alternatives to cremation with wood, and building sand dunes with Christmas trees

Thanks to government subsidies and incentives, electric and hybrid cars have been outselling fossil fuel cars in Norway;


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San Francisco aiming to be zero waste by 2020, Fiji bans live coral and aquarium rock harvesting, and $13 million defense fund to help less priveleged women protect themselves from sexual misconduct

San Francisco is repurposing 80% of its trash in an effort to be zero waste by 2020; 


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Iceland punishing companies for paying women less than men, Finland's universal basic income and communalism as a solution to climate chaos

Iceland has become the first country to punish companies for paying women less than men; Finland's universal basic income experiment is now one year old; and Social Ecology


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British Columbia ends the hunting of grizzly bears, reef balls protecting shorelines and dog poo-powered street lamps

We're with Woody Guthrie who resolved, in 1942, to keep the 'hoping machine running'! So, in that spirit, you can read these stories and more in today's Solutions Digest: British Columbia is ending the hunting


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Action on fake news and hate speech in Germany, Rethinking Economics, and reducing energy costs in affordable housing in Chicago 

Germany is starting to enforce a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material; Rethinking Economics


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Happy New Year

May 2018 be the year we all learn to live more compassionately together, and more lightly, on this beautiful planet. This painting, "Leave No  Footprint" is by a dear friend who is no longer with us ... Kay Singleton-Keller. Thank you for your continued inspiration Kay. We hope you'll all be inspired today


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First subsidy-free offshore windfarm, Tesla's enormous battery in SA exceeds expectations, and Europe's first ultra high speed chargers

What a difference a year makes! The first subsidy-free offshore wind farm will move ahead in the Netherlands - which is a milestone for renewable energy; Tesla's enormous battery in