TikTok is commissioning hundreds of institutions to produce educational videos for the platform; widely available drug dexamethasone cuts Covid-19 deaths; and scientists have created a new type of foil that can detect metabolites and nutrients in sweat. More good news below.
In India, a Tinder initiative and a Facebook group are revolutionizing pet adoption; Germany has opened the world’s first “eHighway” on the autobahn near Frankfurt; a new study shows that educating children on the effects of climate change might be the most effective way to change their parents’ opinions.
With most remote facilities off-grid, solar power is allowing doctors to perform surgery, deliver babies, and other basic services that require electricity; thanks to 1,600 new school centers, over 145,000 refugees in Bangladesh have been able to resume their education; and a Swedish scientist makes fuel from tree waste.
46 million women from the 69 poorest countries have been getting access to contraception over the past six years; UNESCO has praised Chad and Uganda for providing education to refugees; and in South Africa, FoodForward SA is recovering surplus food from the consumer goods supply chain in order to provide children with healthy meals.
Paris’s regional transport agency will offer rentals of 10,000 e-bikes in September 2019, with plans to expand the program to 20,000; braving frostbite and the Taliban, Hanifa Yousoufi scaled Afghanistan’s highest peak, Mount Noshaq, striking a blow for gender equality; and state schools in Scotland will be required to include LGBTI inclusive education in the curriculum.
With the help of microloans millions of marginalized families in India have started and expanded businesses, purchased essentials during emergencies, and supported their children’s education; Alabama’s Auburn University is giving its students a unique homework assignment: building homes for rural communities; and Worldwide Buddies provides a quarterly box with books, toys, and games about one specific culture to help kids embrace and empathize with those from different backgrounds.
Nine jurisdictions, including the U.S., the E.U. and Russia have agreed to stop commercial fishing in the Arctic for the next sixteen years; despite global warming-induced flooding, floating schools are bringing education to one of Bangladesh’s poorest locations; and the Muslim Council of Britain is training women to become leaders in mosques and communities.