November 2021

A Cure for Type 1 Diabetes? For One Man, It Seems to Have Worked.

A new treatment using stem cells that produce insulin has surprised experts and given them hope for the 1.5 million Americans living with the disease.

27/11/2021 New York Times

Scientists invent popcorn-based home insulation material that’s waterproof and biodegradable

Popcorn could soon be used to create sustainable insulation for buildings, replacing the current non-biodegradable materials.

23/11/2021 The Independent

Portugal's power production goes coal-free long before deadline

Portugal shut down its last remaining coal plant over the weekend, ending the use of the polluting material for electricity generation and becoming the fourth country in the European Union to do so.

22/11/2021 Reuters

How Roundabouts Help Lower Carbon Emissions

An Indiana city has the most roundabouts in the country. They’ve saved lives and reduced injuries from crashes — and lowered carbon emissions.

20/11/2021 New York Times

French school bus experiment brings hope to Toulouse estates

Three sprawling housing estates on the edge of Toulouse are home to around 30,000 people, and they are considered to be amongst the poorest urban neighbourhoods in southern France. But each morning, from Monday to Friday, they are taking part in an…

20/11/2021 BBC

‘Great step forward’ for HIV treatment as long-acting jabs to replace daily pills

The NHS has been given the green light to offer people living with HIV the first "long-acting injectable" to keep the virus at bay. Charities have hailed the "incredible news" which offers an alternative to adults living with HIV who have to take…

18/11/2021 The Independent

Ten ways to confront the climate crisis without losing hope

The world as we knew it is coming to an end, and it’s up to us how it ends and what comes after. It’s the end of the age of fossil fuel, but if the fossil-fuel corporations have their way the ending will be delayed as long as possible, with as…

18/11/2021 The Guardian

Rare case of woman's body ridding itself of HIV

A woman from Argentina appears to have rid herself of HIV without drugs or treatment - the second documented case of its kind in the world. Doctors believe the patient's immune system cleared the virus on its own.

16/11/2021 BBC

We have reusable cups, bags and bottles: so why are our buildings still single use?

Embodied carbon - carbon produced during a building’s construction - urgently needs reducing, and reusing buildings could help.

11/11/2021 The Conversation

Hallucinogen in 'magic mushrooms' relieves depression in largest clinical trial to date

Psilocybin, the hallucinogen found in "magic mushrooms," helped to relieve symptoms in people with hard-to-treat depression in the largest clinical trial of its kind to date, the trial's organizers announced Tuesday (Nov. 9). Earlier this year, a…

11/11/2021 LiveScience

How forests are helping Rwanda heal the climate and its communities

Planting millions of trees is part of the national recovery from the 1994 genocide, when 800,000 people were killed.

10/11/2021 New Statesman

Turning crop waste to fertilizer could fight air pollution in India

Towards the end of the year, the season changes in northern India. Cold weather begins to set in and the air gets thick with smoke. After their winter harvest, millions of farmers clear the leftover rice stubble by setting entire fields alight to…

09/11/2021 CNN

The climate solutions making life better for people and the planet

While politicians make promises at COP26, these grassroots groups have ready-to-go climate solutions that can help build a fairer world

09/11/2021 Positive News

Silk modified to reflect sunlight keeps skin 12.5°C cooler than cotton

Silk has been modified through the addition of nanoparticles to reflect 95 per cent of sunlight, which means the material stays extra cool on a hot day

08/11/2021 NewScientist

‘It’s incredible’: HPV vaccine saves thousands of women from cervical cancer, UK study shows

The NHS vaccination programme to prevent cervical cancer has so far stopped thousands of women from developing the disease and experiencing pre-cancerous changes to cells, a study has found.

04/11/2021 The Guardian