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To Dye For: Indonesia’s Carbon-rich Mangroves in Fashion with Women Weavers

Mangroves play an important role in sequestering planet-heating carbon dioxide emissions, but they are disappearing fast in Indonesia. In a rural office on Bengkalis island, off the northeast coast of Sumatra, 30-year-old Mayasari runs a face mask dyed with tree sap through an antique sewing machine. The day before, Mayasari, who goes by one name, […]

A New App Helps Blind People Navigate Public Transit

Waymap aims to expand travel options for blind and visually impaired people with step-by-step audio directions that it says are accurate up to 3 feet (0.9 meter) throughout a trip. An app designed to help visually impaired or blind pedestrians use public transit has debuted at a Washington subway. Waymap expands travel options for blind […]

Move Over ‘Tech Bros’: Women Entrepreneurs Join Africa’s Fintech Boom

Female ‘techpreneurs’ are taking their place in Africa’s male-dominated fintech boom, but gender bias makes it harder for them to access finance and grow their businesses. When financial analyst Oluwatosin Olaseinde moved back home to Nigeria in 2013 after a decade studying and working abroad, she decided it was time to tackle her own finances, […]

Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher Fundraiser for Ukraine Refugees Aims for $30 Million

Hollywood couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have raised over $6.8 million toward a goal of $30 million as of 4 March, a day after setting up a GoFundMe page seeking humanitarian aid for Ukrainian refugees. Kunis, who was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine in 1983, moved to the United States in 1991. “I have always […]

Want to Create 5 Million Green Jobs? Invest In Public Transport In Cities

In a world reeling from the impact of COVID-19, investing in public transport could create 4.6 million jobs by 2030 and cut transport emissions, mayors in some 100 cities have said. A “green and just recovery” with investment in buses and trains, particularly electric vehicles, would also reduce car use and air pollution, and protect […]

Corporate Giants Court Climate Startups in Race to Net-Zero Future

Companies big and small are undertaking a green rethink, as awareness grows of the need for businesses that take better care of the planet Chile’s climate action champion Gonzalo Muñoz has the tough task of teaming businesses with governments to help meet the global warming limits set in the 2015 Paris accord. As an entrepreneur […]

Costa Rica Eyes Billions of Dollars In Savings With Net-Zero Emissions

Costa Rica’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 will net $41 billion in economic benefits over the next three decades and set an example of the “right road to follow” for other nations, its president and environment minister has said. The fiscal payoff of decarbonising the Central American nation, cited in a new report […]

Back to the Future: Swedish Firm Bets on Wind-Powered Cargo Ships

Two centuries after the first coal-powered steamships crossed the Atlantic Ocean, a Swedish company is designing a futuristic throwback: a huge, wind-driven cargo ship that could help end the fossil fuel era and limit climate change. Shipping accounted for 2.9% of man-made greenhouse gas in 2018, and the industry’s share of planet-heating emissions has been […]

Efficient Cooling Seen As Key to Keeping Climate Change In Check

After enduring the hottest decade on record, India aims to keep its homes and workplaces cool without raising energy consumption with one simple change: raising the temperature settings on air conditioners. The government has mandated a default temperature of 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit) instead of the standard 20-21C (68-70F) for units made or […]