In Denmark, every new wind farm must be partly owned by the people
Over half of the world’s GDP is highly or moderately dependent on nature.
Source: World Economic Forum
A beautiful floating bridge at a scenic area in Enshi city, central China’s Hubei province has attracted many tourists. Its eye-catching view creates undulating waves as cars pass the bridge.
Japan is a leader in floating solar power.
Anglesey, an island off Wales’ northwest coast, has become the UK’s first “plastic-free” county.
Plastic Free Community status was awarded by Surfers Against Sewage after the island met the five objectives set by the marine conservation group.
The movement forms part of the organization’s wider effort to combat plastics in the ocean, which also includes asking individuals to reduce their plastic consumption and lobbying government for new legislation.
“It’s not about removing all plastic from our lives,” Surfers Against Sewage says. “It’s about kicking our addiction to avoidable single-use plastic, and changing the system that produces it.”
Australia’s recycling industry has been in crisis ever since China stopped taking our waste in 2017. Now local scientists have developed a home-grown solution they claim could make all plastic recyclable and eliminate our stockpiles of waste.
The Duge Beipanjiang Bridge (also called the Beipanjiang Bridge or the Duge Bridge) is a concrete cable-stayed bridge that carries four lanes across the Beipan River. Connecting Xuanwei in the Yunnan Province and Liupanshui in Guizhou, the bridge reduces travel times between the two cities from four hours to just over an hour.
It was a massive construction project, and the designers kept having to move the final location of the bridge higher and higher to avoid caves and cracking in the karst mountains at either side of the valley.
The eastern tower of the bridge is 883 feet tall, which is up there among the tallest bridges in the world. Even more impressive, however, is the huge expanse between the road deck and the river below. The deck is 1,854 feet—or over a third of a mile—above the average water level of the river. For perspective, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has a clearance of about 220 feet. Chicago’s Sears Tower would fit under the Beipanjiang Bridge with 400 feet to spare, while London’s 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) would fit under the bridge three times over.
In order to curb the environmental impact of road construction, a number of new innovations are now being trialled.