China will plant over 16 million acres of forest in 2018

The pollution-beleaguered country plans to increase forest coverage to 23 percent of its total landmass by the end of the decade. I’ve always wondered how China could sit by as its air, water and other natural splendors were being turned into the stuff of dystopian nightmares. Outdoor air pollution contributes to the deaths of an estimated 1.6… Lire la suite China will plant over 16 million acres of forest in 2018

Young engineers discover genius solution to restore Gaza

Could ‘Green Cake’ help rebuild the besieged Gaza Strip? Majd Mashharawi has invented environmentally friendly, cheap and lightweight blocks that use ash instead of sand. With an all-female team of engineers in Gaza she’s developping an affordable new way to produce concrete from the leftover rubble of homes destroyed during the last war in Gaza. And the… Lire la suite Young engineers discover genius solution to restore Gaza

Climat : six raisons de ne pas désespérer

Alors que la COP 23 devrait s’achevait en novembre 2017 à Bonn et que plus de 15 000 scientifiques ont alerté sur l’état de la planète, des dynamiques poussent à rester optimiste. 1- Les forêts peuvent nous sauver L’Allemagne et le Royaume-Uni viennent de lâcher plus de 150 millions de dollars (127 millions d’euros) pour réduire la déforestation au Brésil. Soucieuses de leur image, des multinationales… Lire la suite Climat : six raisons de ne pas désespérer

Bhopal Junction, 1st India’s railway station to install a sanitary napkin vending machine.

While it is common to see most railway stations equipped with ticket counters, passenger helpdesks, toilets, refreshment stalls and waiting rooms, Bhopal has made yet another necessity available for its women commuters by making low-cost sanitary napkins available at the railway station. At a meagre price of Rs 5, any railway passenger can procure two… Lire la suite Bhopal Junction, 1st India’s railway station to install a sanitary napkin vending machine.

In Vancouver, shipping containers are the new tool libraries

This spring, Vancouverites may find renting a set of camping equipment as easy as borrowing a book from the library. The Thingery project is a recent initiative launched by Vancouver Tool Library founder Chris Diplock. The first Thingery pilot project was carried out in summer 2016, and Diplock reached agreements over the following months with the city… Lire la suite In Vancouver, shipping containers are the new tool libraries

Researchers claim they’ve found a way to reverse type 2 diabetes

Researchers from Newcastle and Glasgow Universities believe they have found a way to effectively reverse type 2 diabetes, without requiring a new kind of drug or invasive surgery. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how a person’s body metabolizes sugar, either because they’ve developed resistance to the hormone insulin, or their pancreas fails… Lire la suite Researchers claim they’ve found a way to reverse type 2 diabetes

Tesla just announced six new projects to restore power in Puerto Rico

After Hurricane Maria destroyed much of Puerto Rico earlier this year, Elon Musk was quick to offer Tesla’s services as an energy provider. The largest energy contract in the restoration efforts ultimately went to Whitefish, a small energy company from Montana, but they’ve since halted work. Tesla, however, has remained dedicated to improving energy access… Lire la suite Tesla just announced six new projects to restore power in Puerto Rico

New cancer studies aim to treat those chemotherapy has failed

One of the first line treatments for cancer is chemotherapy, which can be a long, stressful process. While some patients certainly benefit from the treatment and see their cancer go into remission, others may not see the same effect. For those chemotherapy has failed, as well as others for whom other treatments were unsuccessful, the… Lire la suite New cancer studies aim to treat those chemotherapy has failed

The inmates who teach other prisoners to read

Half of England’s prisoners are illiterate. Since most of us learn to read and write in the first year or two of school, it feels almost impossible to imagine. But Angela Cairns, CEO of prisoners reading charity Shannon Trust, knows all too well how illiteracy can feel. “I sometimes hear a prisoner describing themselves as… Lire la suite The inmates who teach other prisoners to read

Kamakhya temple is all set to become India’s cleanest pilgrimage site

The state government of Assam is vying to elevate the Kamakhya temple, its most touted pilgrimage hotspot, as the cleanest pilgrimage site in the country. The ancient temple has been declared as a Swachh Iconic Place, with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of Kamakhya Development Project on Monday. “Kamakhya is… Lire la suite Kamakhya temple is all set to become India’s cleanest pilgrimage site