Paris’ 30 kph speed limit, “Peevolution” on French farms, oysters preventing floods
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about the French capital limiting the use of motor vehicles, French farmers using urine as fertilisers and how Bangladesh creates walls of oysters to prevent floods.
Paris introduces city wide 30 kph speed limit
The capital’s authorities introduced the speed limit and reduced parking spaces to improve pedestrian’s safety and reduce carbon emissions.
“Peevolution”: French farms irrigate fields with fermented urine
Michaël Roes, co-founder of TOOPI, used fermentation and added natural bacteria to urine, turning it into an affordable fertiliser, dwarfing costs compared to competitive products.
Reasons to be cheerful
Oyster barrier to protect Bangladeshi coasts
Bangladesh’s islands are threatened by fast-rising sea levels. Now eco-engineers are planting oysters to reduce damage from floods and increase the area’s biodiversity.
Water and energy trades strengthen Israel-Jordan relations
Whilst Israel is the front runner in desalinating sea water, it lacks space for solar systems. Both countries now exchange energy for much needed water supply, strengthening ties amongst former adversaries.
Spanish hotel booking app to show working conditions of staff
Spanish chambermaids’ union to launch platform in response to outsourcing and low pay rates. Hotels will be rated according to the treatment of their employees.
Retailers extend safety guidelines for Bangladesh’s apparel production
Trade unions and international corporations have agreed on the terms to ensure garment workers’ safety in Bangladesh’s production facilities.
UN bans leaded petrol from all member states
The fuel causing severe health issues as well as environmental damage since 1922, and still used in low-income countries, has now been banned worldwide.
Potato milk could be most sustainable plant-based alternative
The company DUG developed a potato based dairy alternative which only produces 0.27 kg of CO2 per litre, significantly outperforming other plant-based competitors.
Robo-penguin: how artificial birds are relaying the secrets of ocean currents
They can go on research missions in stormy weather, dive to 150 metres and could soon be ‘singing’ signals. These penguin-like devices are helping to explain the eddies that are key to all life.
“Fridge detectives” prevent harmful gases from reaching the atmosphere
Tradewater cleanup disassembles refridgerators at disposal sights in Central America, Chile, South Africa and India to prevent harmful gases from escaping.
Homeless are building homes in Rio collective
During the pandemic more and more lost homes and jobs, yet a donation based collective buys land, builds houses, trains inhabitants and shares gardens to empower its people.