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Since the onset of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the environmental impact across the globe has dwindled significantly. With most of us staying home to work, it has helped our Mother Earth to breathe again.
For many of us, this downtime turned out to be a good time for us to adopt alternative ways of doing things and reexamine our lifestyles. We start to address burning questions that were previously shoved to the back of our minds, like the impact our daily choices have on global emissions.
No need for grand gestures
By now, we would have been schooled to bring along reusable straws during our bubble tea runs and tote bags for trips to the supermarkets. Everyone can do their part no matter how minute. After all, it takes a drop to form an ocean.
Have you reconsidered changing up your usual mode of transportation to something else that leaves a lower carbon footprint? We get it, car ownership has become an essential means of transportation for many, with various uses for different family members and those working far from their area of residence. Would you consider the more environmentally-friendly option of owning an electric car instead of petrol-run vehicles? Do you rely heavily on taxis and private hires to get around? Instead of getting a Grab Car, have you tried Grab Hitch that utilises carpooling to save resources?
In this article, we share alternative green modes of transportation that emit no pollution at all. The Yahoo Shopping team has come up with our version of earth-friendly modes of transportation like using bicycles, skateboards, longboards, skate scooter and even rollerblades when out and about. Most of these options are handy enough to bring with you onto the trains and also for a good workout over the weekends.
Who knows, commuting via these unconventional transportation methods may become a norm in time to come. I dream of a society much like the Scandinavian countries, where dedicated lanes allow commuters to move about safely in eco-friendly ways. Best of all, by incorporating commute with exercise, we can look forward to healthier lifestyles as well.
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Under the scorching Tokyo sun, the women competing in the 3,000 metres steeplechase began their quest for Olympic immortality on Sunday, as favourite Hyvin Kiyeng of Kenya cruised to the final on Wednesday amid punishing temperatures at the Olympic Stadium. Kiyeng, the 2015 world champion and a silver medallist in Rio five years ago, will be hoping for a gold this time as she won her heat with a controlled run, clocking a time of 9:23.17, as temperatures hit the high 30s in Celsius on the track. She will be joined in the final by compatriot Beatrice Chepkoech, the 2019 world champion who broke the world record in 2018 with a stunning 8:44.32 performance in Monaco.
Britain's Charlotte Worthington won the first ever Olympic gold medal in BMX freestyle with a sensational second run at the Ariake Urban Sports Park on Sunday. Worthington crashed in her first run in the final but produced an incredible range of tricks to top the leaderboard with a score of 97.50. American favourite Hannah Roberts, who scored 96.10 in a superb first run, could not improve in her second run and settled for silver.
Aidan Walsh has been forced out of his semifinal bout at the Tokyo Olympics after the Irish welterweight injured his ankle while celebrating his quarterfinal victory. Boxing officials announced Sunday that Walsh did not attend the medical check and weigh-in before his scheduled bout with Britain's Pat McCormack, who advances to the gold medal bout by walkover. Walsh, who is from Belfast, will still win a bronze medal.
Germany became the first country to reach the semi-finals in the men's hockey tournament after a smooth 3-1 win over Olympic champions Argentina in sauna-like conditions at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday. Germany opened the score in the 19th minute when defender Lukas Windfeder shot a penalty corner low and hard at the left side of the goal, leaving Argentina goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi no chance to stop the ball.
Police and demonstrators clashed at protests over France’s health pass in Paris on July 31.French media reported as many as 200,000 people took part in the mostly-peaceful protests across the country, including 14,250 in Paris.This footage by Nicolas Mercier shows police using non-lethal munitions and water cannons to disperse demonstrators throwing glass bottles near the July Column. At one point, police rush a man away from the crowd as he clutches his head. Later, a woman can be seen washing a man’s face and mouth with a spray bottle.French interior minister Gerald Darmanin in a tweet thanked law enforcement and said at least 19 people were arrested, including 10 in Paris.The protests came after legislators passed a bill requiring citizens use the health pass to access a large amount of public venues, local media reported. The pass requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a recent negative test.France reported over 25,000 new coronavirus cases on July 30. Credit: Nicolas Mercier via Storyful
TOKYO (Reuters) -Caeleb Dressel of the United States powered to victory in the men's 50m freestyle to claim his third individual gold medal at the Tokyo Games on Sunday, while Australia's Emma McKeon also completed the sprint double with victory in the women's 50m. There was more gold joy for the Americans when Robert Finke completed the distance double, producing another late push to win the 1,500m to add to his 800m gold. Dressel, the 100m free and butterfly champion, completed his sprint double with a huge margin of 0.48 seconds over France's Florent Manaudou, the London gold medal winner and silver medallist in Rio.
Australia's most populous state of New South Wales recorded 239 COVID-19 infections of the highly transmissible Delta variant on Sunday, matching the record daily number of cases in the current outbreak seen on Thursday. Neighbouring Queensland reported nine new locally acquired cases in a new outbreak of the Delta strain, its highest daily number in a year, the state's Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.
Australia were handed an automatic bronze in the mixed doubles after world number one Novak Djokovic withdrew because of injury but Ash Barty said on Sunday they fully deserved the medal after playing "incredible" tennis this week. Serbian Djokovic had partnered with Nina Stojanovic for the mixed doubles but pulled out with a shoulder injury minutes after losing to Pablo Carreno Busta in the singles bronze medal match, assuring women's world number one Barty and partner John Peers of third place at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.