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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, Rwanda is on it’s way to eliminate cervical cancer thanks to a strong HPV vaccination programme, Houston is implementing green sustainable solutions to prevent floods, and Australian agronomist Tony Rinaudo explains how to restore forest landscapes.
How Rwanda could become one of the first countries to wipe out cervical cancer
With a strong HPV vaccination programme and a concerted screening and treatment drive, the country could be the first in Africa – possibly the world – to eliminate the disease.
Source: The Guardian
Flood control: Houston is implementing green solutions to protect the city
An abandoned golf court in Houston has been renovated into a nature preserve pound. This measure will help reduce flooding in the neighbourhood.
Source: Houston Public Media
While life returns to burnt California forests, experts suggest how to prevent future fires
Fire experts and land managers suggest that the best defence against wildfires is to regularly burn overgrown forests. Carefully controlled, low-intensity fires wipe out dry plants and reduce the risk of future catastrophes.
Source: Christian Science Monitor
In Singapore researchers have invented a chemical coating that makes wood fireproof
A group of Nanyang Technological University scientists have developed an invisible coating that provides timber with a flame barrier. It prevents fire from spreading and combusting wood from the inside.
Denmark uses digital platforms to stop daily food waste
Innovative Danish apps show food shops which offer products close to expiration at a third of their usual price. The platforms help to find consumers for edible items that would otherwise have been tossed in the trash.
Source: Reasons to be Cheerful
Small, lightweight floating panels: an invention that convert light into fuel
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have designed floating artificial leaves which, unlike regular solar panels, produce fuel. These panels are only 1mm thick and can go anywhere what makes them easy to use in multiple settings.
13-year-old girl restores modern and Soviet-era technology in Georgia
Following her passion for fixing portable devices, Mariam Ben Nakhi is doing something that most teenagers her age aren’t – restoring technology as part of her own business.
Sea Monkey Project’ upcycles thousands of plastic products left for waste in Malaysia
The Steenland family created the project to tackle plastic pollution and have since been creating machines that help them transform the waste into useful products.
Couple helps to transform drought-hit region by promoting organic farming
A Karnataka-based couple have founded an NGO that provides farmers and students with training in organic farming. So far, they have inspired hundreds of people to use green methods and helped them to earn a better income.
Source: The Better India
Let it grow: Q&A with reforestation and land restoration visionary Tony Rinaudo
In a wide-ranging interview, Rinaudo shares his hopes, dreams, and insights about Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration.