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The EU bans microplastics, biking is on the rise & London's first beaver in 400 years

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Good news... It's Friiiiiiiiday!

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The good from Monday, October 2

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👑💦 Scientists are using tiny self-sustaining water fleas to naturally filter out wastewater pollutants and although they look kind of crazy, it’s cheap and carbon neutral. (Guardian)

🍴 The U.S. just finalized its plan to phase out single-use plastics in national parks, wildlife refuges, and public spaces within the next decade. (Reuters)

💰 A report has found that for the first time ever, more international money is being spent on cleaning up our air than on fossil fuels, with this trend expected to continue, saving millions of lives. (Guardian)

🚫 Somerset in the UK is banning highway ads for fossil fuels, vehicles powered by petrol, diesel, or hybrids, and airlines, airports, and flights. (Ad Free Cities)

The good from Tuesday, October 3

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🐠 Catch limits implemented in Long Island in 2012 have resulted in a drastic rebound of the Menhaden fish population plus a resurgence of other fish, whales, and sharks. (NYT)

👑🚫 The EU is banning microplastics in consumer products like cosmetics, detergents, and toys to protect our health, waters, and lands. (ESG Today)

🙅 Ireland likely just became the first country to deny a liquified natural gas facility based on climate, saying no since it goes against their energy and climate action plan. (Bloomberg)

👚 Bangladesh is becoming a leader in sustainable textile manufacturing by establishing 202 “eco-friendly” factories certified by the US Green Building Council. (Mongabay)

The good from Wednesday, October 4

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🚴 Bike riding has seen a massive 37% jump since 2019 in the US, led by New York, San Diego, Bakersfield, Vegas, and Richmond, with almost all metro regions increasing biking activity. (Street Light Data)

🐆 Bhutan announced their snow leopard populations have risen by 40% to 134 confirmed leopards thanks to conservation efforts. (WWF)

⚡️ Electric heat pump sales have surged in Finland, Norway, and Sweden since the early 2000s which has reduced their heating emissions by -72%, -83%, and -95% respectively. (Carbon Brief)

👑🧱 Algae blocks have been developed as a zero-carbon concrete alternative with very similar physical and thermal performance to standard cement. (New Atlas)

The good from Thursday, October 5

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🧑‍🌾 My new hero Ellen Miles is spreading a movement of ‘botanarchy’, a form of guerilla gardening where she plants in and cares for neglected public spaces throughout London, without permission, to make neighborhoods greener and more welcoming. (Guardian)

🌱 A new study has revealed that savannas and grasslands in drier climates actually store more heat-trapping gases than scientists originally thought. (Futirity)

🧱 Nzambi Matee, a talented material engineer in Kenya, is tackling the country’s waste problem by making bricks out of trashed plastic that are stronger and cheaper than concrete. (Good Men Project)

🦫 For the first time in 400 years after being hunted to local extinction, a baby beaver was just born in London thanks to reintroduction efforts. (Guardian)

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