April 2020

'Sweet City': the Costa Rica suburb that gave citizenship to bees, plants and trees

“Pollinators were the key,” says Edgar Mora, reflecting on the decision to recognise every bee, bat, hummingbird and butterfly as a citizen of Curridabat during his 12-year spell as mayor.

29/04/2020 The Guardian

Climate crisis: Sweden closes last coal-fired power station two years ahead of schedule

Country becomes third in Europe to exit coal, ahead of mass withdrawal from polluting fossil fuel

27/04/2020 The Independent

Can microorganisms solve our plastic waste problem?

Recycling plastics and other synthetic materials is often costly and not always possible. Researchers have now found an enzyme that decomposes PET in just hours and allows new plastic bottles to be profitably produced.

27/04/2020 Deutsche Welle

First wild stork chicks to hatch in UK in centuries poised to emerge

The first wild stork chicks to hatch in Britain for centuries are expected to emerge next month after three pairs of the huge white birds built nests in West Sussex.

26/04/2020 The Guardian

Bored Russians Posted Silly Art Parodies. The World Has Joined In.

Frozen dumplings as skulls and A/C ducts as fashion accessories. A Facebook group for art re-enactors has gained 540,000 followers across the locked-down globe.

25/04/2020 New York Times

Psychedelic mushrooms for depression: "This is the one that changed things"

Psychedelic drugs like psilocybin are back in human trials to treat people with mental health conditions. It's a second revolution for a class of drugs shunned by 1960s society. But more research is needed. Here's why.

24/04/2020 Deutsche Welle

Google to make verification mandatory for all advertisers

Alphabet Inc's Google said on Thursday all advertisers would have to complete a verification process before buying ad space on its platform, starting this summer, in a bid to make its ad practices more transparent.

23/04/2020 Reuters

Crane population in the UK reaches highest level for 400 years, conservationists reveal 

The UK's population of cranes has reached its highest level for more than 400 years, conservationists have said.

22/04/2020 Telegraph

Oxford University bans investment in fossil fuels after student campaigns

Decision comes after high-profile protests that saw campaigners occupy St John's College

22/04/2020 The Independent

The New Super Porous Sponge Material Looking to Make Hydrogen Cars Cheaper and Safer

Hydrogen vehicles come with major pros and cons. One of their biggest downsides is that they require expensive fuel tanks. A new material looks to change that.

22/04/2020 Reset.org

Norway and the A-ha moment that made electric cars the answer

In 1995, the lead singer of the 1980s band A-ha and the head of the Norwegian environmental group Bellona climbed improbably into a converted electric Fiat Panda they had imported from Switzerland and set off on a road trip.

19/04/2020 The Guardian

Beyond the language of denial: Men talk mental health in Ghana

In a hyper-masculine society where mental illness is often stigmatised, a new generation of men are speaking out.

16/04/2020 Al Jazeera

Scientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours

A mutant bacterial enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles for recycling in hours has been created by scientists.

08/04/2020 The Guardian

‘Hugely welcome’: Indian solar scheme a win for farmers and the environment

The initiative will put more money in the pockets of farmers and help reduce the country’s agricultural emissions

08/04/2020 Positive News

The Power Plant of the Future Is Right in Your Home

If we want more renewable energy, our grids will have to manage themselves. A small experiment in Colorado is lighting the way.

07/04/2020 Wired

Food can be eaten for up to six months after the best-before date, Which? finds 

Food can be eaten for up to six months after the best-before date and weeks beyond its use-by date, according to consumer watchdogs.

06/04/2020 Telegraph

‘Our need for joy is greater than ever’: Clowns Without Borders wins Kindness Awards

A charity that uses clowns to bring laughter and respite to displaced children has won the inaugural Kindness Awards

06/04/2020 Positive News

Oceans can be restored to former glory within 30 years, say scientists

The glory of the world’s oceans could be restored within a generation, according to a major new scientific review. It reports rebounding sea life, from humpback whales off Australia to elephant seals in the US and green turtles in Japan.

01/04/2020 The Guardian

GMOs Could be a Key to Sustainable Farming

If we want to feed a growing population without fueling global warming, we need to redefine what we think of as good food.

01/04/2020 Wired

How We Will All Solve the Climate Crisis

We only have one Earth. And we have the technology to save it.

01/04/2020 Wired

Solar Power Is Sustainable for the Economy, Too

We've been talking about the potential for the sun's energy for decades. Now it can be more profitable to save the planet than to ruin it.

01/04/2020 Wired