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the US in banning the use of natural gas in any new buildings. This prohibition will require new constructions to rely on the electric grid instead, and will apply to more than 54,000 homes and 32 million square feet business space that are lined up to be constructed from July 2021 onwards.

This ban will directly reduce the city’s climate impact, as natural gas is the San Francisco’s second-largest source of climate-warming pollution - around 40% of its overall emissions, and in terms of buildings, natural gas use is responsible for 80% of the city’s emissions. People will be able to breathe cleaner air, without the nitrogen oxide pollution from more natural gas machinery.

Besides avoiding building out more gas infrastructure that would increase greenhouse gas emissions in the city, the new all-electric new construction will also save money in terms of upfront costs and by avoiding unnecessary spending on gas pipes. The city could also allow some new mixed-fuel buildings if an all-electric building is physically and technically infeasible, but they hope this will not happen in the majority of cases.

Cities across the State of California are also passing restrictions to limit fossil fuel use, as well as plans to phase out gas-powered vehicles sales by 2035 and improve the electric vehicle infrastructure so they can stay charged and on the move in the highways.

The future's looking bright, and clean, for California. Let’s hope more cities and countries around the world join in!

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During the current pandemic, video game sales have skyrocketed as more people are stuck at home. But spending time enjoying the newest ‘Spider-Man’ or ‘Assassin’s Creed’ title might actually be beneficial for your mental health, according to experts from Oxford University.

In this study, researchers used data from people who played two games, ‘Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville’ and ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ and found that the actual amount of time spent playing was a small but significant positive factor in people’s well-being. By asking them how they felt about their experiences after enjoying a gaming session, the team found that a player’s positive subjective experiences during play might trigger a wellbeing factor.

While it is usually thought that video games are bad for your health by increasing sedentary levels and exposing you to violence, there are other psychological components to them which have a significant effect on a person's wellbeing. They can act as a cathartic experience during times where we’re expected to stay inside more time than usual.

Games like ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’, which was used in this study and is a social simulation game populated by real online players that even features its own version of the stock market, get people closer to social interaction than ever before. These types of virtual experiences provide sources of support, reduce stress, combat depression and enhance intellectual stimulation.

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As you age, it’s very important to keep your mind sharp and your brain healthy. Science points to a combination of social factors and healthy habits that can help keep it healthy and preserve its functions over time. While experts used to think that brain development peaked in late adolescence and it was all downhill from there, now we know that the brain can grow new cells and form new neural connections. Here are some tips on how to help your own brain do this:

  • Exercise regularly: Exercise is good for all your body, and this includes your brain. As little as 30 minutes per day, physical exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which increases cognitive function.

  • Watch what you consume: It has been found that high blood sugar can increase your risk for dementia, even without diabetes. Also, if you smoke, quit, as tobacco harms all your organs, including your brain.

  • Keep your mind stimulated: Just like our muscles and other body parts, the brain can rebuild itself through repeated use and exercise. Some exercises for the brain include puzzles and games, but also learning a new language, social activities that keep you independent and engaged with friends and family and trying out new hobbies maintain a healthy brain.

  • Sleep Well: Bad sleepers are linked to slower thinking and risk of dementia, so make sure you get from seven to nine hours of sleep - preferably at night. Also, try not to take any medication to sleep, as they can make cognitive problems worse.

What other good habits do you practice or perhaps you can think of trying out for the first time to keep your brain going strong?

Tips to Keep Your Brain Healthy

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