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OGN Wednesday

Updated: Jul 25, 2020

Mid-week round up of good news snippets from around the globe.

  • India: In good news for the planet, and setting a new world record, an incredible 2 million people have just participated in planting 250 million trees along river banks, on farmlands, and along the sides of government buildings in northern India.

  • Sweden: While electric vehicles are the greener option when compared to the fossil fueled alternatives, wouldn't it be great if more of the materials used in construction were also eco-friendly? Well, Volta Trucks, reckons it has a solution.

  • UK: WildEast aims to convince farmers, councils and others across East Anglia to pledge land to wildlife, aiming to dedicate 250,000 hectares (615,000 acres) to wildlife over the next 50 years. WildEast also plans to work with schools to enhance children’s knowledge of farming and wildlife and creating an accreditation system to boost wildlife-friendly farmers.

  • Hong Kong: Around 200,000 HK residents set to move to the UK after citizenship offer, says Foreign Office.

  • US: Joe Biden set to release enormous $2 trillion climate plan.

  • With the wearing of face masks in shops and supermarkets set to become mandatory in the UK on 24 July (it's already compulsory on public transport), here's a short video on how to make a no-sew, easily washable, government-approved face mask at home.

  • Canada: New colouring book honours "superhero" frontline workers. Toronto company has created a colouring book for children to celebrate COVID-19 healthcare heroes.

  • Germany: VW will start selling the ID.3 - one of the most anticipated new electric cars of the year - on July 20.

  • The Rosalind Franklin Institute files patent for llama antibodies found to neutralize COVID-19’s spike protein and stop it binding to the cells of an infected individual.

  • Colombia: Ex-guerrillas turn into citizen scientists using their knowledge of the jungle to research and protect biodiversity.

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