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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; 

Dunkirk, in France, is making all public transport free to connect community and clean the air; and Madrid is planning to double its sidewalks to give pedestrians more space and in June will debut its Zero Emissions Zone which will only allow local residents and people with limited mobility, or zero-emissions vehicles to drive into most of the old city.

These stories and more in today's Solutions Digest:

• How Madrid is planning to double its sidewalks to give pedestrians more space and in June will debut its Zero Emissions Zone which will only allow local residents and people with limited mobility, or zero-emissions vehicles to drive into most of the old city. Read more here

• How Dunkirk, in France, is making all public transport free to connect community and clean the air. Read more here

• How Portland is using local government zoning to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and restrict the building of fossil fuel terminals along the Willamette River. Read more here

• How farmer Larry Kandarian is growing legumes alongside ancient grains on his California farm, producing a polyculture that benefits both the health of the land and helps him produce his renowned longevity stew. Read more here

• How a new 'freeze-thaw' growing method which mimics the growing conditions of the ice age has resulted in a banana with an edible peel. Read more here

• How a Dutch design studio is experimenting with 3D printing using algae bioplastic and creating homewares made from a mix of mycelium fungi and other organic waste products. Read more here

• How, 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. Read more here

 

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