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Problem Solving Must-Reads: Using Satellites to Keep Farm Animals Alive

Plus: Music and Brain Development and L.A.'s Unified Front against Gentrification

Problem Solving Must-Reads: Using Satellites to Keep Farm Animals Alive

Plus: Music and Brain Development and L.A.'s Unified Front against Gentrification

Climate change has hit the world, hard. But for the more than 50 million of the world’s poorest living in sub-Saharan Africa as pastoralists—herders or farmers that often travel with little else but their cattle—their lives literally depend on stopping climate change. Their average income is $2 per day and dropping, and many are left starving when their cattle die from the every-other-year droughts due to climate change.

Surprisingly, a solution that’s working to fix this problem is satellites. By using satellites to take photos of the vegetation on the ground, researchers can predict if animals will starve from the degrading environment. Using this technology, pastoralists can be told whether or not they should invest in pre-emptive health insurance for their animals to help them buy food, water, and veterinary services to help them keep their cattle alive before a bad dry season.

This alternative, affordable insurance is being proven to work for the world’s poorest: There’s more milk production and greater household income from milk, better child nutrition, fewer sales of livestock and less stress in areas benefiting from satellite information. Pastoralists who aren’t insured still are benefiting from the program as insurance providers supply the deadening areas with cash and the economic activity lifts up everyone—and countries are investing in the program.

Read more on The New York Times.

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To Accelerate Brain Development In Children, Teach Them Music

Photo: Wake Up World

Music has been proven to treat numerous mental health issues—from improving the symptoms and social functioning in those suffering from schizophrenia to reducing depression, anxiety and chronic pain. Music, for young children, can also accelerate their brain development in areas of the brain response for processing sound, language development, speech recognition and reading skills. Children’s auditory pathways are matured and increase in efficiency when they are involved with music instruction. (via Wake Up World)

In South L.A., a Common Front to Fend Off Gentrification

Photo: CityLab

Minorities in South L.A. are banding together to hold onto their common ground in the area that’s currently in high demand. The groups have come together to face challenges of racism, police brutality, economic inequality and gentrification. The community has mastered multiracial organizing as its been an area that gentrification has tried to take over several times over the last 50 years. Developers are trying to build up the area again, but the groups of African Americans and Latinos in the area are approaching it through place-based organizing and educated residents, rallied council members and ensured that affordable housing will stay in the area to keep the communities from getting pushed out. (via CityLab)

Photo header via Index-Based Livestock Insurance

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