October 2021

Restoring wetlands can help combat climate change

Swamps are a major carbon store. Their regeneration can help sequester vast amounts of carbon dioxide.

31/10/2021 Al Jazeera

Forest schools flourish as youngsters log off and learn from nature

After more than a year of lockdowns, with limited access to nature, Magdalena Begh was delighted when her six-year-old daughter came home from forest school and informed her she had found three rat skeletons.

31/10/2021 The Guardian

Needle-free vaccine patches coming soon, researchers and makers say

Researchers have doubled down on efforts to create patches that deliver life-saving drugs painlessly to the skin, a development that could revolutionize medicine.

30/10/2021 The Japan Times

Luxembourg becomes first in Europe to legalise growing and using cannabis

Adults in Luxembourg will be permitted to grow up to four cannabis plants in their homes or gardens under laws that will make it the first country in Europe to legalise production and consumption of the drug.

22/10/2021 The Guardian

What is gender creative parenting? We spoke to parents who let their kids explore gender freely

TikTok is bringing attention to gender creative parenting, a style of parenting that allows children to discover and express gender freely.     

21/10/2021 USA Today

Clean and clear: Can we produce drinking water without leaving a carbon footprint?

Producing clean drinking water can be highly energy intensive. But in Saudi Arabia, one of the driest places on earth, there’s a growing industry for producing this resource sustainably

18/10/2021 The Independent

Hello? This Is Colombia’s Antimachismo Hotline.

A new hotline in Bogotá takes calls from men struggling with jealousy, control and fear — and challenges long-held assumptions about masculinity.

18/10/2021 New York Times

‘It’s not as carbon-hungry’: UK’s largest sunlit vertical farm begins harvest

The largest naturally lit vertical farm in Britain has begun harvesting and the creators plan to build 40 more. It looks nothing like a traditional farm, with bright white towers of leafy green vegetables stacked as high as the eye can see.

18/10/2021 The Guardian

Lego says it will work to rid its toys of harmful gender bias

The toy company says it will work to make its products and marketing more inclusive, citing new research into how kids and parents gender creativity.

12/10/2021 NPR

A publicly owned energy industry could help tackle energy poverty and increase renewables

Problems with affordable, accessible energy could be mitigated by making more energy providers publicly owned.

12/10/2021 The Conversation

WHO recommends widespread use of world's first malaria vaccine for children

In what it called a "historic" move, the World Health Organization said Wednesday it has recommended widespread use of the world's first and only malaria vaccine among children in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions where there are moderate to high…

06/10/2021 CNN

Drug treatment for Lyme disease could lead to its eradication

Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness that is becoming more common in many countries, could be eradicated using a drug that kills the disease-causing bacterium

06/10/2021 NewScientist

Technological leap for ‘urban mining’ could recover precious metals from electronic waste in seconds

A new process to extract valuable metals from electronic waste could use 500 times less energy than existing methods, lower demand for mined raw materials, and produce eco-friendly waste, scientists have said.

05/10/2021 The Independent

First new treatment for sickle cell in 20 years

The hope of reducing health inequalities for black people made it worth recommending, the regulator says.

04/10/2021 BBC

Mature trees can ‘learn’ to raise CO2 absorption, study finds in potential boost for climate change

New research has found that mature oak trees can increase their rate of photosynthesis to absorb higher quantities of carbon dioxide

04/10/2021 The Independent