Kenya launches Africa’s largest school food program, world’s largest wooden city, Canada bans animal testing
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re looking at the launch of an ambitious initiative in Kenya to tackle the burden of food insecurity, Stockholm’s plans to build the world’s largest wooden city, and the implementation of a ban on animal testing for cosmetics in Canada.
Kenya unveils Africa’s largest school meals program
The ambitious initiative aims to eradicate the distressing issue of hunger and ensure that primary school children receive daily nourishing lunches, eliminating the burden of food insecurity.
Source: Africa News
Stockholm to build world’s largest wooden city
In a collaborative effort, Scandinavian studios Henning Larsen and White Arkitekter are spearheading the design of Stockholm Wood City, an ambitious project that aims to become the largest mass-timber development globally.
Canada implements ban on animal testing for cosmetics
While industry groups consider the move as primarily symbolic, it acknowledges that Canadian companies have already transitioned away from animal testing, making the ban a testament to existing practices.
Source: CBC News
Solar streetlights that keep shining during power outages
Streetleaf’s innovative solar-powered streetlights remain operational even in the absence of electrical power, and have proven invaluable in communities affected by disasters when traditional power sources have been disrupted.
Source: Fast Company
Supermarket trolleys can help spot heart conditions in shoppers
A recent trial has discovered that when equipped with specialised sensors on their handles, these trolleys can serve as a diagnostic tool for identifying a concealed heart rhythm disorder that heightens the likelihood of stroke.
Source: BBC News
Decoding the EU’s efforts to promote user-replaceable smartphone batteries
The European Parliament conducted a vote on regulations encompassing various aspects, including the demand for smartphone manufacturers to ensure user-friendly replaceability of device batteries.
Source: The Verge
Pioneering livestream map actively monitors the world’s oceans
Global Fishing Watch has created the first-ever map that tracks the global fishing fleet. This map has been made accessible to the public, free of charge, enabling the entire world to participate in the effort to safeguard our marine ecosystems.
Source: Good Good Good
Innovative solutions to extreme heat are helping society’s most vulnerable
The solutions range from urban designers drawing inspiration from ancient technologies to maintain urban coolness, to social initiatives providing straightforward remedies for at-risk communities.
Source: BBC News
Network of Texas pilots discreetly transport patients to abortion
Elevated Access (EA) is a nonprofit organisation that coordinates a network of pilots dedicated to providing confidential transportation for patients who lack the resources to travel across state lines for abortion services.
Source: Al Jazeera
Artesunate: the remarkable journey of our most effective malaria drug
The story of the drug underscores a fundamental truth that experts in global health widely acknowledge: safeguarding ourselves against diseases requires more than sole reliance on commercial enterprises.