Quebec Mosque shooting: vigils across Canada show love, solidarity

People across the country came together Monday evening to mourn those who lost their lives in a shooting at a Quebec City mosque. In Quebec City, thousands gathered outside the Islamic Cultural Centre to show support for the loved ones of six men who were killed and 19 who were injured while attending an evening … Lire la suite Quebec Mosque shooting: vigils across Canada show love, solidarity

Plant trees as you browse the web with this eco search engine

People spend their lives on the internet, and Google is said to process around 3.5 billion searches on any given day (or 1.2 trillion searches per year). One Berlin-based nonprofit wants to turn this incessant searching into something substantial and use your ceaseless clicks to save our forests. Ecosia is a unique search engine which uses its … Lire la suite Plant trees as you browse the web with this eco search engine

Madrid Plans To Ban Cars From Its Busiest Street

When smog levels surged in Madrid in late December, the city temporarily banned half the traffic from its roads. Now the mayor plans to make a more permanent change: Gran Via, the major street that slices through the city center, will soon be open only to bikes, public transit, and taxis. Right now, commuters tend … Lire la suite Madrid Plans To Ban Cars From Its Busiest Street

Costa Rica still steadily lifting people out of poverty

Here’s some good news from 2016: Costa Rica is still steadily reducing its poverty rate, bolstering its economy and its reputation as one of the best development success stories in Latin America. By international poverty standards (less than $1.90 USD a day), Costa Rica has dropped from over 11 percent in the 1990s to just … Lire la suite Costa Rica still steadily lifting people out of poverty

School program in India nips gender-based violence in the bud

What can a game of Snakes and Ladders teach a child about violence? It turns out a lot. A recent study shows that a new gender equity program in Indian schools can transform not only how students respond to gender discrimination and violence, but how their teachers, parents and communities do as well. A government … Lire la suite School program in India nips gender-based violence in the bud

Philippines president orders free contraceptives for 6 million women

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order to provide free access to contraceptives for 6 million women in an effort to reduce poverty, the Department of Health Commission on Population announced in a press release Wednesday. According to the executive order, which was signed on Monday, a national survey found that at least 6 million … Lire la suite Philippines president orders free contraceptives for 6 million women

This three mile high skyscraper eats smog

2017 only just arrived, but one manufacturing company is already looking 45 years into the future. Arconic, a materials science company, has envisioned a three-mile-high skyscraper built from materials that are either in development or have already been brought to market, including smog-eating surfaces and retractable balconies. The tower was concocted as part of the … Lire la suite This three mile high skyscraper eats smog

Guinea worm defeated in Mali; disease nears global eradication

The end of the Guinea worm disease appears imminent, with just 25 cases reported in 2016 and the number of affected countries dropping from four to three, according to the Carter Center. Mali reported no cases last year, leaving Chad, Ethiopia, and South Sudan as the last places in the world where the disease exists. … Lire la suite Guinea worm defeated in Mali; disease nears global eradication

London’s mayor will spend $1 billion on cycling improvements

The goal is 1.5 million bike journeys each day by 2026 London’s mayor is serious about cycling. Sadiq Khan, who took office in May this year, has secured almost a billion dollars to spend on cycling over the next five years. That works out to almost $22 per person per year. Remarkably, this is double … Lire la suite London’s mayor will spend $1 billion on cycling improvements

A living wall instead of plywood to hide a construction site

We’re used to seeing the scaffold on long-term building projects covered up with advertising, but what about—crazy idea—not creating an eyesore on the city and doing something interesting instead? That’s what Arup architects is doing during its renovation of Grosvenor’s St Mark’s building, in London’s fancy Mayfair neighborhood. The firm has hung a vertical garden over … Lire la suite A living wall instead of plywood to hide a construction site