Good Information: bathrooms flip urine into fertiliser, a uncommon leopard’s noticed and a tea room saved in Kent
Welcome to the excellent news round-up, your weekly digest of what’s going nicely across the globe. We hope it will provide you with successful of positivity and ship you off to the weekend with a smile.
These are this week’s 5 optimistic information tales
- The eco-toilets turning urine into fertiliser in Lyon, the house of Euronews.
- Public generosity has saved a tea room from closure in Kent, England
- Gen Z finds new makes use of for social media, together with studying find out how to clear.
- Volunteer divers rid a Greek island of its marine ghost farms, that are lethal for marine life.
- A uncommon leopard was noticed in Turkey after years of looking.
Watch the video above for extra on every story, or learn on beneath.
1. The eco-toilets turning urine into fertiliser
Town of Lyon (the house of Euronews) is testing a community of 16 revolutionary bathrooms that can recycle urine to be used in agriculture.
The bathrooms additionally present much-needed reduction within the areas that want it most, with a sensible answer aimed toward girls.
Lyon’s eco-toilets are additionally dry bathrooms, they don’t use water. This implies they are often put in in locations the place it beforehand wasn’t attainable.
There are seven male urinals, seven feminine urinals and two accessible to folks with diminished mobility.
The ladies’s urinals have been specifically designed and tailored to the feminine anatomy, without having to the touch the bathroom bowl. The mission additionally takes under consideration safety points so that ladies really feel secure when utilizing them, and the toilets are intentionally put in in locations the place there are folks round. “That’s to say, uncovered with out being too uncovered, and visual to passers-by,” Mohamed Chihi, Lyon’s deputy mayor accountable for safety, security and public peace, instructed Euronews.
The deputy mayor says that in the event that they, as public policymakers, have an strategy wherein they set up services considering primarily of the male person, they’re “contributing to creating public area extra masculine,” which is an issue, and disrespectful in direction of the neighborhood.
Consequently, they’ve give you an strategy “to make public areas much less aggressive, much less macho, fairly merely. All of this contributes to the peacefulness of those areas, contributes to the tranquillity, contributes to safety and security,” he says.
One other nice facet of the eco-toilets is the environmental facet – not solely do they save on water, however they retailer the urine to be tailored as fertiliser. Urine is wealthy in vitamins similar to phosphorus and nitrogen (a useful resource that’s being depleted on the planet and is important for agriculture).
Mr Chihi says they’ve already saved 158,000 litres of water. “We’ve had 126,000 makes use of recorded in lower than three months and picked up virtually 35,000 litres of urine.”
Unimaginable proper? Watch the video above to get a sight of Lyon’s eco-toilets (that are adorned with crops) and town of Lyon (we went out of the studio!)
2. Public generosity saves a tea room from closure
A sleepy seaside city in Kent, England, turned the unlikely focus of worldwide generosity final month after a tea room proprietor’s tragic plight hit the headlines.
Steve Jackson was sleeping on the basement ground of the Jacksonwood Classic Tea Room as a result of he could not afford the petrol to drive residence, the BBC reported.
He additionally mentioned he was planning on closing the espresso store he opened 4 years in the past as a result of he might now not afford to pay the payments. “It will be so devastating to lose this store,” he mentioned, tearfully.
However what he did not anticipate was that he could be flooded with donations and provides to assist out, and his life to take an sudden flip, after his story was featured on the BBC web site.
“After Thursday night time when it was proven on the primary information within the UK, it simply went mad,” he instructed Euronews.
Volunteers confirmed up providing to work for him at no cost, a espresso firm from Wales donated espresso beans, and he acquired hundreds of kilos in donations from everywhere in the nation and past. A pupil even arrange a GoFundMe web page for him.
“It was simply so overwhelming, the generosity, not from simply the UK, from world wide. A person ringing up from Australia. I could not consider that he was watching me in Australia. Then folks from Turkey, a woman from Paraguay.”
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Mr Jackson says his espresso store is flourishing as by no means earlier than, and he has needed to flip prospects away.
“I am bouncing alongside, joyful on a regular basis,” he mentioned, including that now he can lastly return to sleep in his mattress. “I did not go residence in my automobile as a result of I used to be saving £200 each month in petrol on the gas. However now I can go. I am sleeping in my pretty comfy mattress.”
Mr Jackson instructed Euronews he has additionally shared among the cash he has acquired with different outlets which might be struggling. “Not loads, I have not given loads as a result of I did not get that a lot. However what I may give, I give.”
“By no means in my life have I skilled this overwhelming assist, for a bit teashop, for me, not to mention me, however my little teashop. It is simply so unbelievable,” he says, “you do not realise till it occurs to you the generosity of the general public.”
Mr Jackson says that among the information is demoralising, however that while you see this kind of factor firsthand you realise how “it isn’t all doom and gloom.”
A couple of weeks again we reported on one of many important findings of the World Happiness Report, which mentioned one of many key discoveries from this 12 months was that the pandemic has introduced a rise in social assist and benevolence. Principally, it has made us nicer.
3. Gen Z finds new makes use of for social media
Should you thought TikTok was all dance crazes and celeb gossip, assume once more.
New analysis exhibits that Gen Zs are turning to social media to be taught new hobbies – similar to origami, roller-skating, tie-dying and pet portraits.
For the survey, carried out by Samsung for the launch of a brand new smartphone, 1,500 folks aged between 18 and 25 had been requested about their use of TikTok, Instagram and YouTube, with some stunning outcomes.
Three-quarters of these surveyed mentioned they’d been impressed to take up a brand new interest as a direct results of watching clips on social media networks. Greater than half of these mentioned they spent 4 hours every week or extra studying extra about these pursuits on their smartphones.
Probably the most inspirational movies had been discovered to be on excessive make-up, which is much less about mascara and blusher and extra about creating artwork for the face; meditation; digital illustration, and – consider it or not – cleansing.
The youth of immediately is all of the sudden fascinated by mopping, vacuuming and laundry, impressed by a brand new breed of what are known as ‘cleanfluencers’.
The individuals had been requested which social media platforms had been greatest for locating new hobbies, and TikTok got here out on prime, adopted by Instagram and YouTube.
4. Volunteer divers rid a Greek island of its marine ghost farms
The Greek island of Ithaca is legendary all through the world due to Homer’s epic, The Odyssey.
It’s at present within the information, nevertheless, for the eerie ‘ghost farms’ sitting in its clear waters.
Ghost farms are created when discarded fishing nets and tools are left within the sea, an issue compounded for Ithaca due to two fish farms that had been deserted a decade in the past.
It was the native NGO Wholesome Seas that named the sinister phenomenon and says it poses a risk to marine life.
Native residents took the difficulty on-line and Wholesome Seas, together with one other NGO, Ghost Diving, determined to assist, along with a dozen volunteer divers from the Netherlands, the UK, Greece, Lebanon and Hungary.
Pascal Van Erp, founding father of the NGO Ghost Diving says the challenges of the mission are the burden and the quantity of the fishing nets.
“They’re very very huge. We’ve to tug them from 20 to 35 metres. The lifting itself shouldn’t be harmful, however it’s numerous teamwork as a result of the nets are so big. You actually need to watch out in order that it doesn’t break and are available down once more,” he instructed Euronews.
The nets hauled out of the ocean by the divers are then saved in containers at Ithaca earlier than being despatched away for recycling.
The divers have made an actual distinction. Final 12 months, they eliminated 76 tonnes of marine litter from the ocean and shoreline. Along with their ongoing cleansing work, their aim this 12 months is to coach fishermen, locals and guests to assist cut back the catastrophic air pollution of the seabed.
5. A uncommon leopard noticed in Turkey
An Anatolian leopard has been captured on digicam in Turkey’s jap province.
The leopard, which sits on the crimson listing of worldwide endangered species printed by the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), had not been seen for years.
However this one was lastly noticed in Japanese Anatolia, making a buzz amongst wildlife specialists, who say it’s nice information for the animal kingdom.
Now off to the weekend, and bear in mind, it may be laborious to seek out among the many headlines, however some information is sweet information.
And for those who’re nonetheless hungry for extra optimistic information, there’s extra above.