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  • Planting of wildflowers to reduce pesticides

    By Victoria on November 13, 2018
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    In Switzerland, a trial is underway that puts ‘flower power’ to the fore in the fight to reduce dependence on pesticides.  Tailored strips of wildflowers have been planted in crop fields which allow pest-eating insects to spread throughout crop fields, decreasing the need for pesticides. A total of 100 strips of wildflowers, including red poppies and blue cornflowers, have been […]
  • Hens proving to make great therapy animals

    By Victoria on October 26, 2018
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    Caring for hens is relatively simple and their personalities and behaviour are elaborate, making them super therapy animals, according to writer Geraldine Walsh. In an article in the Irish Examiner, she says the decision to become a hen owner started as a spur-of-the-moment decision but it has become a way of life. She wasn’t sure how she would like being […]
  • Alternatives to single-use plastics

    By Victoria on October 22, 2018
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    In Bali, Indonesia, surfer and inventor Kevin Kamala has founded a social enterprise making alternatives to plastic packaging and single-use plastics using natural products.  Bali is a tropical island paradise, with its pristine white sands beaches, but much of its shoreline is now becoming saturated with plastic rubbish. Kamala decided to get to work on developing less harmful alternatives and […]
  • Delivering Blood by Drones Saving Lives in Africa

    By Victoria on October 12, 2018
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    In a new venture, aerial drones are being used to deliver blood supplies to remote areas of Africa. Previously, drones have been put to all sorts of uses, including fighting wildfires, inspecting pipelines and spying on poachers.  And now they’re helping save lives. In 2016, a Silicon Valley start-up company began using its drones to deliver blood in the East African nation […]
  • Great Barrier Reef Restoration & Protection

    By Victoria on October 8, 2018
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    Australia has pledged over 500 million Australian dollars to help preserve the Great Barrier Reef, in an effort to protect the world heritage site from the effects of climate change. The funding, which was announced recently, constitutes part of a conservation plan that will see the Australian government partner with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to monitor and improve the […]
  • Choose Life Over Your Device

    By Victoria on October 4, 2018
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    In the United States, steps are being taken to deal with the growing problem of Internet addiction, which is having an impact on health, wellbeing and relationships. One centre that deals with the problem of Internet addiction is called reSTART.  Located in Washington State, the organisation runs residential programmes for people – mostly young men – who are battling to […]
  • Baghdad’s First Female Bookseller Breaks Barriers

    By Victoria on October 1, 2018
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    In Iraq’s Baghdad, a new bookstore is making waves — not for the titles it sells but for the woman who owns it. Abdul Hadi Mudher al-Biyati is the first woman to run a publishing house and shop on al-Muntanabbi Street, which is home to the Iraqi capital’s historic book market. Al-Muntanabbi Street, which is named after a 10th century […]
  • A New Exhibition Showcases the Kindness of Strangers

    By Victoria on September 26, 2018
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    A touring exhibition entitled ‘Museum Without A Home’ celebrates acts of kindness by ordinary people towards refugees and migrants seeking peace and sanctuary in Europe. Next to the photo of a board game reads the caption: “Stelios lives in Piraeus. When his school teacher proposed to the class to collect toys for the kids in the port of Piraeus, Stelios […]
  • Designer who celebrates her culture through fashion

    By Victoria on September 20, 2018
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    Anne Berit Anti’s is an indigenous designer who celebrates her culture through fashion. Her designs are inspired by the remote Norwegian landscape, and her people: the Sami. The Sami are to be found North of the Arctic Circle in Norway. Anne lives a short drive from the town of Karasjok, which hosts Norway’s Sami parliament and the Sami National Museum. […]
  • TCD study discovers ‘super-ranger’ badgers

    By Victoria on September 14, 2018
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    At Trinity College Dublin, zoologists have uncovered new ranging travel patterns in badgers which might help stop the spread of TB in cattle. Investigators working on a project with the Department of Agriculture and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) tagged badgers and subsequently discovered that some male badgers, typically younger males, did not adhere to the previously understood […]

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