Amsterdam’s solution to the obesity crisis: no fruit juice and enough sleep

The city is successfully fighting fat by promoting tap water in its schools, along with healthy cooking classes and a ban on fast food sponsorship The city of Amsterdam is resulting the world in ending the obesity epidemic, thanks to a radical and wide-reaching programme which is getting outcomes even among the poorest communities that […]

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Soil carbon storage not the climate change fixing it was thought, research discoveries

Soils potential to soak up planet-warning carbon dioxide emissions has been overestimated by as much as 40%, say scientists Hopes that large amounts of planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions is likely to be buried in soils appear to be grossly misplaced, with new research finding that the ground will soak up far less carbon over the […]

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A road full of bottlenecks: Dutch cycle route is made of plastic trash

First path solely made of recycled bottles, beakers and packaging opens in Zwolle The world’s first plastic bicycle path made of recycled bottles, beakers and packaging has opened in the Netherlands, as part of a pilot that could see similar roads open up across the country. The 30 -metre path, made of recycled plastic equivalent […]

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Why we can’t have nice things: dockless motorcycles and the tragedy of the commons

Behind this bucolic industry is a multibillion-dollar combat between Chinas big tech companies and Silicon Valley, and the nightmare of vandals and parking If there is one sad fact that technology has taught us, it’s maybe that we just can’t have nice things. Now Washington DC has become the latest testing ground for what happens […]

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Hilly Lisbon launches electric bike share system in bid to solve congestion

Madrid has its scheme, while Muswell Hills never happened. Hilly cities from Rome to Rio will be watching as Lisbon starts e-bike hire Wander around Lisbons city centre with its vertiginous cobbled streets, treacherous enough on foot in the rain, its hard to imagine cycling ever taking off. Some streets are so steep there are […]

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Houston’s hit-and-run problem: ghost bikes honour ‘invisible dead’ cyclists

1, 700 cyclists have been hit by autoes and trucks in four years, with one in four drivers failing to stop. Personalised ghost motorcycles are an effort to show people noticed when someone was killed and give their families some closure Its always the same tale, says Steve Sims, who runs Houstons Ghost Bike strategy […]

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Is the mass sharing of driverless cars about to reshape our suburbiums?

Sidewalk Labs believes personal vehicle ownership is about to become history, inducing suburbs more accessible and better for walking and cycling. But what if it simply entails people jostle each child into a different auto to get to school? A few months ago I interviewed Klaus Bondam, head of the Danish cycling union and formerly […]

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