Dropping dengue rates thanks to modified mosquitoes, 4-day workweek trial in Valencia, e-bike without battery
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, modified mosquitoes reduce dengue rates in Colombia, Valencia’s 4-day workweek trial brings stress relief and eco-benefits, and a French company pioneers e-bikes that are battery-free.
Dengue rates drop in Colombia as modified mosquitoes take flight
Dengue fever incidence in three Colombian cities has significantly decreased following the release of modified mosquitoes. These Wolbachia-infected insects present an ‘encouraging’ solution in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases.
Valencia’s 4-day workweek trial shows reduced stress, environmental benefits
Valencia’s short-term 4-day workweek trial provided compelling evidence of its benefits on stress reduction and city-wide environmental improvements. The findings set a “new milestone” for the movement in Spain and beyond.
Wales implements a ban on single-use plastics
Wales takes a step to reduce plastic pollution by banning single-use plastics like cutlery, straws, and plates, echoing efforts across the UK. England and Scotland have already implemented similar bans.
Source: The Independent
U.S. lawmakers unveil ambitious plan to tackle plastic pollution
U.S. lawmakers have introduced a comprehensive bill aimed at reducing plastic production and holding companies accountable for pollution. While passage remains uncertain, the bill’s standards could influence state and local policies.
French firm develops first e-bike that doesn’t need batteries
The Pi-Pop e-bike uses supercapacitors instead of conventional batteries, minimising the environmental impact of production and offering an efficient energy storage solution for daily commuting.
South Australia’s shift to renewables offers a lesson in cutting carbon fast
South Australia’s rapid shift to nearly 73% renewable energy stands as a global example of effectively reducing carbon emissions. Bold political leadership and widespread citizen participation have been key factors in this remarkable transition.
Source: New Scientist
California’s farm-to-school movement
California’s farm-to-school initiative is transforming school lunch trays with fresh, locally grown produce. Not only does this benefit small farmers, but it provides healthier, tastier options for students.
Live better, live longer: the retirement home that’s more like an alpine spa
Built to be the opposite of a retreat, this radical, open-plan social housing for over-65s boasts film nights, yoga sessions – and plenty of perfect corners for a bottle or two of wine.
Source: The Guardian
Young innovator bridges educational gaps through tech
High school senior Sai Shettar bridges the education gap with non-profit initiatives like computer refurbishing, distribution, and tutoring for immigrant youth, proving that age is no barrier to positive change.
Innovators rising from disaster zones with trains and robots
From a mobile hospital in a war zone to a medical robot venturing into perilous terrains for critical rescue operations, ingenious individuals are crafting remarkable solutions to save lives and provide aid amidst disasters.