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Monday, 23 August 2021
Good morning kwippers. With the sustainability tech scene exploding in Europe, there can be quite a lot of updates and information to follow. We bring you our favourite updates every week, but you can also follow these 32 European sustainability leaders to learn more about their work and their own sustainability journeys. 

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SUSTAINABILITY  

Climate perks

British eco-charity Possible has launched a Climate Perks initiative that aims to get UK companies rewarding employees for travelling in a slower, greener way. The scheme encourages businesses to offer their staff paid leave to cover the longer journeys that going flight-free can demand, incentivizing people to travel instead by train, boat or coach. Companies that are interested can sign up to the initiative for free and gain access to templates that help them create a customized 'sustainable travel days' policy. Possible signs off on it and it can then be included as a staff benefit or perk. The business would also update Possible on how many team members are using the extra days to travel more eco-consciously. The Climate Perks initiative has already been adopted by a range of companies and the team at Possible believes that it could help companies attract and retain a new generation of eco-conscious workers. 

INNOVATION

Solar desalination

One of the most urgent problems in public health is providing clean water for everyone, especially as one in three people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water today. To help solve this issue, an architecture student has developed a 'skylight' which produces drinking water alongside light and is free to use. The Solar Desalination Skylight works by evaporating seawater using heat from the sun. The salt and pollutants are then removed and clean drinking water is extracted via a tap at the Skylight base. The leftover salt brine creates 'seawater batteries' which then power the light at night. This design is now being taught to local people in Chile so they can build their own skylights using local materials accessible to them, like plastic bottles. 

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THE LOW DOWN

  • OnlyFans bans explicit content
  • Astronomers see galaxies in ultra-high definition
  • Mont Blanc under surveillance over fears glacier could collapse
  • Calls for investigation into lack of climate disclosure from Just Eat & Carnival
  • Blue Hydrogen may not be sustainable, igniting emissions debate 
  • SiriusXM launches 'TikTok Radio,' a music channel featuring viral TikTok hits

#Showerthoughts

  • Any Bookmark worth more than a dollar is a waste of money because you could just use the dollar.
  • Almost no one has a negative number as their favorite number.
  • If you enter a traffic circle, drive all the way around it, and exit in the direction you came from, then you have simultaneously done a 180 and a 360.
  • Life is only short if you love your life. Otherwise, it is very very long.
  • People who drive loud cars must think we’re looking at them because we’re either impressed or envious of their car when it’s more likely we’re annoyed at how loud they’re being.

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