Magazine article New Internationalist

Reasons to Be Cheerful

Magazine article New Internationalist

Reasons to Be Cheerful

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A breath of fresher air

Millions of homes across northern China will be heated by gas for the first time this winter as part of a massive government effort to reduce the country's dependency on smogproducing coal. Although gas is still a polluting fossil fuel, the switch will help clean up China's famously noxious air, which worsens in the cold as households fire up their coal burners. With life expectancy in northern China three years lower than the south due in part to cardio-respiratory diseases brought about by pollution, according to a US study, this could be the first step in making the air breathable again.

Hope in sight

With only five per cent of children with disabilities completing primary school worldwide, a pilot project to boost visually impaired children's education in Senegal offers hope. …

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