World’s largest floating hydro-solar farm, early screening tool for autism, WHO Africa’s first woman leader
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Today in Squirrel News, Thailand takes a step closer to carbon neutrality through the ‘world’s largest floating hydro-solar farm’, a new tool detects autism three years earlier than current procedures, and we meet the first woman at the helm of WHO Africa.
Massive solar farm paves way for achieving climate neutrality in Thailand
Thailand aims to inch closer to carbon neutrality with a massive floating hydro-solar farm. It can create solar power by day and hydropower by night. Authorities stand firm the project will not affect fishing and agriculture, despite livelihood concerns raised by locals.
New tool detects autism in toddlers aged 12-24 months
Australian researchers have made a breakthrough in detecting autism. Their new screening tool can detect the disorder in toddlers as young as 12 months. The scientists stressed the importance of early diagnosis.
Source: Deutsche Welle
First woman to serve as WHO Africa leader gives hope amid pandemic fight
Dr. Matshidiso Moeti blazes a trail for women in Africa as she helps strengthen public health systems. Moeti’s role as WHO Africa Chief sparks inspiration in a continent where women traditionally have had to remain on the sidelines.
Source: AP News
Human waste is not waste: How a social venture addresses sanitation crisis
Sanergy, a social venture based in Kenya, makes good use of human waste as an increased challenge in sanitation is imminent. It says the number of people living in slums is expected to balloon to 2 billion by 2030. Sanergy converts human waste into fertilizer and insect-based animal feed.
Source: Five Media
Italy constructs six new wind farms to veer away from Russian gas
The wind farms have a capacity of 418 megawatts. The move came following an announcement on the country’s plan to become independent from Russian gas by 2025.
Groceries, on-demand rides added to Denver’s paratransit service
Denver makes transportation better for people with disabilities as it expands its paratransit service. The Regional Transportation District has been exploring new initiatives in a bid to address transportation challenges.
Source: Next City
Responding to traffic and pollution through electric cargo bikes
Advocates are banking on the use of electric cargo bikes to reduce traffic and cut carbon emissions. They’re hoping more people in the UK will consider hopping on the versatile vehicle as more cars are back on the road.
‘Women of the wild’: the platform giving India’s nature experts a voice
Frustrated by a lack of female representation, film-maker Akanksha Sood Singh set up an Instagram account to showcase ‘the untold stories of women working for science and nature’.
Source: The Guardian
Parents in a Yemeni community are coming together to protect fight for education
With the standards of living dropping further in a lot of places in Yemen, this community has come together to find a way to maintain the continued education of their children.
Source: The New Humanitarian
What are the reasons for Russia’s war in Ukraine?
On current occasion: When talking about Russia’s current war, the reasons are often sought in the recent past. But it is even more interesting to go back further into Russian history – as expert Stephen Kotkin does in this interview.
Source: New Yorker