Today’s Solutions: December 03, 2022

Politics

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“Count Down” ー Protectin

“Count Down” ー Protecting our bodies and our fertility in the modern age

“Hormones get no respect. We think of them as the elusive chemicals that make us a bit moody, but these magical little molecules do so much more.” - Susannah Cahalan, Author, Brain on Fire Most of us know to wash our produce before eating it and not to microwave plastic, but what about Read More...

West Africa, the village of Yongoro, Sierra Leone, young girl listens to the lesson at school

Sierra Leone backs bill to legalize abortion—a “monumental step forward”

The current laws surrounding maternal health, abortion, and contraceptive services in the West African country of Sierra Leone were adopted in 1861—a century before it won its independence from Britain. In the past, there were attempts at reforming the colonial-era legislation, including in 2015 Read More...

Aboriginal health care.

Study lays out ways to enhance Indigenous health

In Australia, Indigenous communities experience poorer health than other Australians and often die at much younger ages. This is due to Indigenous Australians being more likely to have mental health problems, chronic diseases - such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and chronic kidney disease - Read More...

Brazilian flag shines above the golden sunset city skyline at Sugarloaf Pao de Acucar Mountain in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

In a world-first Brazil rules that Paris Agreement is a Human Rights treaty

The Paris Agreement is an international treaty on climate change adopted by 196 Parties at COP21. The overarching goal is to limit global warming to below two degrees Celsius, and ideally keep it only to 1.5 degrees Celsius.  In a world-first, the supreme court of Brazil has declared that the Read More...

Ukrainian refugees participate in the European public protest over the Russian military invasion Turin Italy March 12 2022

Ukrainian refugees in Italy find safety in mafia-seized properties

In the small town of Rescaldina, Italy, Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion are finding a safe haven in unexpected dwellings: the homes of Italy’s ‘Ndrangheta, one of the most powerful Mafia-type organizations in the nation. According to the town’s mayor, Gilles Andrè Ielo, Read More...

Group of people holding hand together in the park.

These postcards stand up for people with disabilities' rights

It seems it would be simple to respect and protect others' basic human rights, however, there are many situations where a lack of education breaks these vital liberties. This is why postcards covering five rights protected by the Human Rights Act are currently being circulated through England, Read More...

Plastic waste

New California law greatly curbs plastic waste

We have written a lot about plastic alternatives you can use and consumer-focused options for reducing plastic waste. Indeed, this is often the focus of efforts to reduce plastic waste. Not enough pressure is put on manufacturers to reduce how much plastic they produce.  A new California law, Read More...

Single-use plastic

India bans single-use plastics

India experiences worse-than-average plastic pollution with single-use plastic water bottles and containers finding their way into streets and important waterways.  To rein in this pollution, the Indian government announced from the capital of New Delhi on Friday that it will be imposing a ban Read More...

4 things that keep Canadian tr

4 things that keep Canadian traffic fatalities lower than the US

While traffic-related fatalities increased in the United States by 19 percent between 2010 and 2020, Canadian rates declined by about the same amount in that time. Many consider Canada culturally very similar to the US, but when it comes to traffic safety, they have more European attitudes. Here Read More...

Prison

This program seeks to end homelessness and incarceration

We decided to dust off this important solution from not long ago.  Several factors can lead to homelessness: a lack of affordable housing, high costs of living, and even, sadly, mental illness. Another factor that contributes to homelessness, which is often overlooked, is Read More...