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'Life attracts life': the Irish farmers filling their fields with bees and butterflies | Environment | The Guardian

'Life attracts life': the Irish farmers filling their fields with bees and butterflies

Rewarding positive environmental impact has revitalised an area of west Ireland. Is this a solution to the country’s ‘acute’ nature crisis?

'It has transformed my life': the restaurant where all staff have a disability | World news | The Guardian

'It has transformed my life': the restaurant where all staff have a disability

Universo Santi in the southern Spanish city of Jerez is dedicated to helping people with disabilities join the mainstream workforce

Sound of native languages in parliament to mark win for indigenous Canadians | World news | The Guardian

Sound of native languages in parliament to mark win for indigenous Canadians

Speeches in indigenous languages will be translated simultaneously, but the wider picture is gloomy

Turning air into drinking water: Africa's inspired inventors | Global development | The Guardian

Turning air into drinking water: Africa's inspired inventors

Shortlisted contenders for the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa prize reveal their designs, including gloves that translate sign language into speech

Campaigners welcome China U-turn on rhino and tiger products | World news | The Guardian

Campaigners welcome China U-turn on rhino and tiger products

Beijing postpones plan to lift ban on their use in traditional medicine after global outcry

Lungs damaged by smoking can 'magically' heal – study | Society | The Guardian

Lungs damaged by smoking can heal – study

Lungs damaged by smoking can 'magically' heal – study | Society | The Guardian

'Handbag Oscars': Bag made from seatbelts wins for Suffolk designers - BBC News

'Handbag Oscars': Bag made from seatbelts wins for Suffolk designers

The winning bag is made from recovered car parts which were destined for landfill.

Why not scrap GDP and replace it with trees? | World news | The Guardian

Why not scrap GDP and replace it with trees?

This week the Upside looked at some alternatives to the quest for endless economic growth

Baked cod, miso and bok choy: unpacking Japan's healthy school lunches | World news | The Guardian

Baked cod, miso and bok choy: unpacking Japan's healthy school lunches

Japan’s state-run kyushoku system combines flavour with fresh ingredients and high nutritional value at low cost

Dogs can detect malaria by sniffing people's socks | World news | The Guardian

Dogs can detect malaria by sniffing people's socks

Experts say the animals appear able to identify people infected with the disease even if they are not showing symptoms

'The good of the world partly depends on unhistoric acts' | World news | The Guardian

'The good of the world partly depends on unhistoric acts'

Our Upside series of optimistic journalism ushers in 2020 with a nod to George Eliot and a load of reader predictions

How a Belgian port city inspired Birmingham's car-free ambitions | Environment | The Guardian

How a Belgian port city inspired Birmingham's car-free ambitions

How a Belgian port city inspired Birmingham's car-free ambitions | Environment | The Guardian

Putting pigs in the shade: the radical farming system banking on trees | John Vidal | Environment | The Guardian

Putting pigs in the shade: the radical farming system banking on trees | John Vidal

A farm in Portugal is showing how the ancient art of silvopasture – combining livestock with productive trees – may offer some real answers to the climate crisis

Oh, to be young again... | World news | The Guardian

Oh, to be young again...

This week’s wrap from the Upside series looks at the eternal optimism of youth and the problems it can solve

Potato spoons, pipe bots and mini wind turbines on Dyson awards list | Environment | The Guardian

Potato spoons, pipe bots and mini wind turbines on Dyson awards list

Many of the 20 contenders for this year’s prestigious global prize focus on ways to create a more sustainable future

The little boy who started his own bank | World news | The Guardian

The little boy who started his own bank

Young people show the way forward in this week’s Upside, tackling problems from child poverty to the climate crisis