In Waai Weekly Impact we bring you the good news. Each week we curate three stories about positive impact worth sharing. See how others from all around the world inspire to make a difference.

Rewilding our waters

Source: Fast Company

Beneath the ocean’s surface exist gardens so lush you can see them from space. Seagrass is estimated to be about 35 times more efficient at absorbing and storing carbon than the rainforests of the world. Yet this valuable resource in the fight against climate change is also a victim of that very struggle. Human activity is one of the main culprits. But human beings have also played an important role in bringing seagrass back from the brink of extinction in recent years. In seaforestation efforts around the world, we see an example of what it means to act as a beneficial participant in the global, interspecies community of the planet.

Rewilding seeks to restore damaged ecosystems to their formerly robust states by creating the right conditions for interrupted natural processes to flourish once again. By changing our relationship to and placing our trust in the natural world — and creating the conditions in which it can thrive again — we can take major steps toward undoing the damage we’ve done.

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Norway Buys Most Electric Vehicles

Source: Sustainable Brands

Almost two-thirds of newly bought and registered automobiles that Norwegians purchased in July were zero-emission cars, according to the country’s Road Traffic Information Council. About three in four Norwegians are going all-electric when choosing their next vehicle. July numbers bode well for the country’s goal to sell only EVs by 2025. How is Norway shifting further away from gasoline- and diesel-fueled cars? The short answer is that the country’s policies are driving much of this change: Taxes are far higher on cars powered by fossil fuels. “With this market correction, electric vehicles are prevailing as the best solution as more EV options are hitting the market,” says Electrek‘s Fred Lambert.

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Saving Crops With An App

Source: Triple Pundit

David Hughes launched PlantVillage, an app that uses smartphones and AI to help farmers from West Africa to Australia adapt to climate change. “It’s morally wrong that we live in a world where most AI is being used to get money out of your pocket,” says Hughes. “It’s all about tricking you into watching too much Netflix, getting you a date, getting you food. Why can’t we use it as it was meant to be: to radically transform the livelihoods of millions of people?” Farmers experiencing crop blight photograph plants and upload the images to PlantVillage, where they are analyzed by AI that diagnoses the issue and delivers detailed instructions for how to treat it. Farmers in surrounding villages are warned about the issue, and sent tips to prevent it.

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