In Waai Weekly Impact we bring you the good news. Each week we curate three stories about positive impact worth sharing. See how others from all around the world inspire to make a difference.

A ban on new gas stations

Source: Fastcompany

Looking back, one can always easily identify pivotal moments. This might be one of them. In the California city of Petaluma, city officials recently approved a permanent ban on new gas stations in a move that climate activists say is national first, and a crucial step towards curbing our reliance on fossil fuels. The ones that are left also can’t ever expand the number of fuel pumps, either, though they can add electric charging stations and hydrocarbon pumps.

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Purifying water with oranges in Seville

Source: The Guardian

A new scheme has been launched to produce an entirely different kind of juice from the unwanted oranges: electricity. The southern Spanish city Seville has begun a pilot scheme to use the methane produced as the fruit ferments to generate clean electricity to run the water purification plants. The oranges look pretty while on the tree but once they fall and are squashed under the wheels of cars the streets become sticky with juice and black with flies. The city council employs about 200 people to collect the fruit.

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3x the next ocean cleanup

Source: The Guardian

Magnets, vacuums and tiny nets: the new fight against microplastics. When it comes to microplastics, there’s rarely good news. Researchers continue to find the tiny plastic fragments everywhere they look. But it’s not all bad news. Some are now innovating in microplastic extraction, providing the basis for a touch of cautious optimism. The Guardian takes a look at three examples of innovative projects that help remove microplastics from water.

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