What's up this week? Drivers can exchange their old car for a 3-year free transit pass in Barcelona and more.

  • In Barcelona, drivers can exchange their old car for a 3-year free transit pass. Since public transit infrastructure already exists, promoting such incentives is significantly cheaper for the city than advertising electric vehicles.
  • Paris invested $260 million to become 100% bicycle-friendly by 2026. The "Plan Velo: Act 2" is part of a greater endeavour to remove cars from the city centre, including transforming the Champs-Élysées avenue into a vast community garden.
  • Thanks to environmental education and new legislation that criminalizes poaching and consuming turtles, the number of loggerhead sea turtle nests on Cap Verde beaches increased by 2000% in the past six years.
  • In a highly successful trial, a ship operated by The Ocean Cleanup brought almost 30 tonnes of trash ashore. As a result, the non-profit organization now wants to scale up the operation to clean up the Great Pacific garbage patch.
  • Scientists studying carbon sequestration discovered that whales account for around 60 percent of annual sequestration in the areas they live – more than seagrass, salt marshes and kelp put together. Preserving the whales could therefore be instrumental to fixing the climate.