A new community land trust has been created to help low-income residents buy houses

New Yorkers are coming up with innovative ways to help solve the housing crisis, that has been going on for years,through community land trusts (CLT). A $1 milion donation from Citi Community Development has helped to start New York City’s first CLT, Interboro CLT.The project will start with developing 250 affordables units, with plans to… Lire la suite A new community land trust has been created to help low-income residents buy houses

Canada becomes the tenth country to introduce gender neutral passports

Canadians can now identify as gender neutral on passports after a third gender ‘X’ option was introduced to the application process on 31 August. The Canadian government says it hopes the measure will give people freedom to express their gender identity and help ease travel complications for those who identify as neither male or female.… Lire la suite Canada becomes the tenth country to introduce gender neutral passports

Exxon joins other companies by backing carbon tax proposal

Exxon Mobil announced in late June that they support the carbon tax proposal made by the Climate Leadership Council (CLC). Billed by the groups as a “conservative climate solution,” the CLC has conceived a plan that they say will fight climate change by taxing greenhouse gas emissions and paying the money back to taxpayers as… Lire la suite Exxon joins other companies by backing carbon tax proposal

The youth for today: the 2017 election changed UK’s political landscape

The “youthquake” was a key component of Corbyn’s 10-point advance in Labour’s share of the vote  exceeding even Blair’s nine-point gain in his first 1997 landslide. No official data exists for the scale of the youth vote but an NME-led exit poll suggests turnout among under-35s rose by 12 points compared with 2015, to 56%.… Lire la suite The youth for today: the 2017 election changed UK’s political landscape

Australia produces enough renewable energy to power 70% of homes

Between July 2016 and July 2017, Australia generated enough energy from renewable sources to provide electricity to 7.1 million homes, roughly 70 percent of the country’s total households, according to a newly released report produced by Green Energy Markets. The Australian Renewable Energy Index is a country-wide report that analyzes the impact of renewables on the nation’s overall… Lire la suite Australia produces enough renewable energy to power 70% of homes

An entire region of China ran on 100% renewable energy for 7 days

There’s been a lot of scepticism about whether renewable energy can produce all our future energy needs. So last week, a Chinese province went out of their way to show it was possible for the entire region to run solely on green energy. And it seems they did just that. For seven continuous days, over… Lire la suite An entire region of China ran on 100% renewable energy for 7 days

10 years after ban, the number of UK smokers falls to record low

It’s been ten years since the United Kingdom introduced a ban on smoking inside enclosed public spaces – and the legislation has clearly paid off. According to research recently released by Cancer Research UK, the amount of British smokers has fallen to a new record low of 8 million – a decline of roughly 2… Lire la suite 10 years after ban, the number of UK smokers falls to record low

Norway makes unprecedented pledge to ban the use of oil for heating by 2020

In 2020, Norway will become the first country in the world to ban the use of oil and paraffin to heat buildings. Vidar Helgesenlaid, the nation’s Environment Minister, laid it out clearly in a statement: “Those using fossil oil for heating must find other options by 2020.” The nation recommends citizens look into alternatives such as heat… Lire la suite Norway makes unprecedented pledge to ban the use of oil for heating by 2020

Majority of people keen for their wealth to have positive impact

More than half of people in the UK are keen for their wealth to have a positive impact on society, research finds. A study by positive savings and investment platform Ethex suggests that more than half of people in the UK are keen for their wealth to have a positive impact on society. The Understanding… Lire la suite Majority of people keen for their wealth to have positive impact

France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

France will end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of an ambitious plan to meet its targets under the Paris climate accord, Emmanuel Macron’s government has announced. The announcement comes a day after Volvo said it would only make fully electric or hybrid cars from 2019 onwards, a decision hailed as… Lire la suite France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040