April 2022

Canada to lift ban on sexually active gay and bisexual men donating blood

Canada moved Thursday to repeal a decades-old law banning sexually active gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

29/04/2022 The Independent

The plan to put an orchard in every prison in England and Wales

A charity is working to ‘green’ the UK’s prisons using orchards, a project that is reaping rewards for inmates and the environment

29/04/2022 Positive News

‘Heat battery’ invention could make millions of homes gas-free

Pilot tests of ‘game-changing’ salt batteries are set to take place in homes in France, Poland and the Netherlands this year

28/04/2022 The Independent

Rock dust can meet half of the UK's net-zero carbon removal target

Sprinkling rock dust on fields could absorb 6 to 30 million tonnes of CO2 a year by 2050, according to a more realistic look at enhanced rock weathering's potential

25/04/2022 NewScientist

Could eating bug powder and fungus meat help fight climate change? Yes, but there are easier ways.

"Novel or future foods," including vat-grown meat and culture-grown milk, could play a key role in reducing climate impact, according to a new study.     

25/04/2022 USA Today

From Mumbai to Paris, the cities investing in the planet

This Earth Day, we show how city councils and mayors have stepped up to boldly decarbonize in the face of national government inaction.

21/04/2022 Deutsche Welle

Cleaner Earth: Healing ozone hole, less smog, more eagles

As bad as the environment seems with climate change and other pollution, scientists say humanity has also done a pretty good job of cleaning up past messes

21/04/2022 The Independent

Meet Edris, the big yellow school bus that roams Yemen’s refugee camps

When the big yellow school bus pulled up on the outskirts of the desert camp, eight-year-old Doaa Yehia could not have been more excited. She had not been to school since her family left their home in northern Yemen last year to escape civil war.

21/04/2022 The Guardian

Sea-farmed supercrop: how seaweed could transform the way we live

“You can just see the buoys of the seafarm,” Dr Sophie Steinhagen yells over the high whine of the boat as it approaches the small islands of Sweden’s Koster archipelago.

19/04/2022 The Guardian

To Resurrect Jordan’s Lost Forests, People Plant Tiny Urban Ones

Environmentalists see small reforestation pilot sites around the capital of Amman as a first step to a greener future.

16/04/2022 Wired

Autism is misunderstood. The 'We're Not Broken' author becomes a self-advocate to change that

Write about what you know. That's why Eric Garcia wrote his 2021 book, "We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation."

16/04/2022 CNN

Scientists say this new satellite is a game changer for tracking how our environment is changing

Space technology has long been used to help forecast weather, spot wildfires and aide scientists' understanding of the climate crisis. But this next-generation German satellite is being called a game changer for its ability to use more than 250…

15/04/2022 CNN

Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions fall to lowest on record

Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions fell to a record low in the financial year that ended March 2021, government figures showed on Friday, a result of slower industry activities amid the pandemic and wider use of renewable energy. The 5.1 percent…

15/04/2022 Al Jazeera

12 best ways to get cars out of cities – ranked by new research

A new study finds congestion charging and creating car-free streets and separated bike lanes have been most effective at reducing car use in European cities.

14/04/2022 The Conversation

Psilocybin for depression could help brain break out of a rut, scientists say

The psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms helps to open up depressed people’s brains and make them less fixed in negative thinking patterns, research suggests.

12/04/2022 The Guardian

Scotland’s forests are the largest they have been for 900 years

The share of Scotland that is forested has increased from 6 per cent a century ago to around 18 per cent today.

08/04/2022 New Statesman

Pet therapy: how dogs, cats and horses help improve human wellbeing

We’re all aware of the benefits from living with a pet. But over the last decade dogs, horses and cats have been helping people in many new ways as well - including recovery from addiction and trauma.

08/04/2022 The Conversation

Tax the rich: these one percenters want people like them to pay higher taxes

The sound system played Pink Floyd’s Money as the Patriotic Millionaires assembled in the boutique Eaton hotel in Washington DC last week.

08/04/2022 The Guardian

How lab-grown sushi could help tackle overfishing

Smoked, poached, grilled, pan-seared, and even raw: salmon is as versatile as it is popular -- and has become the world's largest single fish commodity by value.

08/04/2022 CNN

Medicine, not science fiction: The medical breakthroughs on the horizon

The coming years will see the consolidation of precision therapy in all of its disciplines. There will be individualized treatments for each person

07/04/2022 El País

‘Freeze-thaw’ battery can store energy for months in huge boost for renewables

Scientists have created a new type of molten “freeze-thaw” battery that can hold energy for several months without losing charge. The breakthrough could have major implications for the renewable energy sector, where electricity generation can…

05/04/2022 The Independent

‘Wastewater can be very valuable’: the hydroponic system that provides clean water for Kenyans

Using the power of plants, a Nairobi-based startup has engineered an effective wastewater cleaning system. And it’s attractive to boot

05/04/2022 Positive News

Can $50 change a child’s life? Los Angeles tests universal college savings account

Can $50 change the trajectory of a child’s life? Los Angeles has invested millions of dollars to launch the largest universal child savings program in California with the hope that it can, a potential that experts say is backed by research.

04/04/2022 The Guardian