March 19, 2020

Venice’s Canal Turns Crystal Clear During Coronavirus Quarantine

It’s been a difficult 12 months for Venice. With record floods in November, the city was already in recovery mode when the coronavirus began its grip on Italy in late February. As of March 18, the Veneto region, where Venice is located, has the third most cases of coronavirus in the country with over 3,200 positive cases and nearly 100 deaths.

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March 5, 2020

Luxembourg Becomes First Country to Provide Free Public Transport

In a world-first, Luxembourg has made all public transportation free of charge. The small, landlocked country abolished fares on all trams, trains, and buses as of February 29 in a bid to ease its congested streets. It’s an incredible initiative that other governments will certainly be eyeing to see if the country can maintain the quality of its service while keeping more cars off the road.

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February 24, 2020

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Built a Solar Farm in His Hometown That Powers Half the City

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who was one of the earliest advocates for using renewable energy, installed water heating solar panels on the roof of the White House in 1979, during his administration. Unfortunately, the next President, Ronald Reagan, ordered them to be removed, as he had a different take on energy consumption. However, that didn’t hinder Carter’s dedication to providing clean, efficient energy to the public.

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January 24, 2020

China Is Banning Plastic Bags in All Its Major Cities by the End of 2020

China plays a large role in contributing to plastic waste pollution. From plastics wasting away in landfills to bags dangling from trees to single-use items in waterways, this dire environmental problem requires a drastic solution. The Chinese government recognizes this, and they’ve recently announced guidelines to cut down on the number of disposable plastics that litter the landscape.

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