Problem Solving Must-Reads: Hole in Ozone Layer Shrinking

Plus: Investing in girls' education in India and bike highways in France

Problem Solving Must-Reads: Hole in Ozone Layer Shrinking

Plus: Investing in girls' education in India and bike highways in France

Here at The Citizen, we do problem-solving journalism, looking for ideas and solutions to move the region forward and make a better city. Here are some other great ideas for solving the world’s problems, from media outlets around the globe:

Paris Is Building Highways for Bikes

Photo: CityLab

Paris is instituting bike highways throughout the city to encourage safer biking and reduce air pollution. The first stretch of the planned 28-mile bike highway network will cross the entire city by 2020. France spent $164.5 million on improving and enlarging its biking infrastructure in 2015 alone. Cyclists have already begun benefiting from bike-friendly rules, including the freedom to turn without waiting for a green light at every intersection, new bike stands, and two-way bike lanes on one-way streets. With these changes, France is poised to become the biking capital of the world. (via CityLab)

Is the Hole in Ozone Layer Closing? First Signs of Healing

Photo: New Vision

The hole in the ozone layer is showing its first signs of recovery. In the portion of the depleted ozone region over Antarctica, MIT climatologists have detected “the first fingerprints of healing.” The September ozone hole has gotten smaller by over 1.5 million square miles and scientists expect the ozone to continue to heal as chlorofluorocarbons are being used less and less. Chlorofluorocarbons, better known as Freon, trigger chemical reactions that lead to destruction of the ozone layer.  With continued reduction in chlorofluorocarbon use, the ozone layer should continue on its path to restoration. (via Nature World News)

New Program Incentivizes Investors To Help Fund Education In India

There’s a new funding model to develop programs in India which will give private investors a return on their investment and help marginalized girls into the classroom. The world’s first “development impact bond” brings upfront funding from private investors that will earn a return from donors or governments if targets for students are achieved. This program allows governments and donors to transfer their risk to investors and increases the efficiency in implementing programs, all while helping needy girls receive a proper education. (via Huffington Post)

Header photo: Nature World News

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