In ‘Mega Milestone’ India Connects 80 Million Rural Households to Water Supply in Just 4 Years:
India’s Jal Jeevan Mission of growing tap water access has become and continues to be a great story of human development. Almost 79 million households have been provided with access to a tap water connection since the program’s launch in August 2019, bringing the total to 111 million, or 56% of rural households in the nation. The initiative faced disruptions during the pandemic, but the program has seen remarkable success from a starting point of just 32.2 million rural households out of a registered 192 million.
Yale Honors Work of 9-Year-Old Girl Who is Stomping Out Extremely Invasive Bugs in New Jersey:
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When 9-year-old Bobbi Wilson heard about the Hoboken campaign to eradicate the spotted lanternfly, she took the message to heart. To help out she whipped up some homemade, non-toxic, spotted lanternfly poison out of vinegar. Yale decided to highlight this citizen scientist, as she donated her collection of 27 laternflies to the Peabody Museum of Natural History database, and received the title “donor scientist.” Wilson was joining in New Jersey’s “Stomp it Out” campaign to help clear out the winged devils from the state. The invasive spotted lanternfly can cause huge damage to ecosystems, and currently, New Jersey is suffering from a bit of an infestation that is causing damage to over 70 species of plants and trees. The program hopes to remove 90% of the Ailanthus altissima trees which have allowed them to take root so that they can more easily exterminate them.
Biggest Coin Hoard in a Decade Worth $180,000 Discovered During “Metal Detecting Rally” In British Countryside:
Dariusz Fijalkowski, Mateusz Nowak, Andrew Winter, and Tobiasz Nowak – SWNS
A new discovery of medieval coins in Buckinghamshire by local metal-detecting hobbyists is the largest one found in a decade. The metal detectorists Andrew Winter, Dom Rapley, Eryk Wierucki, Jaroslaw Giedyna, Dariusz Fijalkowski, and brothers Tobiasz and Mateusz Nowak were more used to digging up shotgun shells and thimbles than treasure, and were astonished to find coin after coin in the dirt. The seven men that found the hoard has been nicknamed the “Hambleden Hoard” on the Culden Faw Estate, Buckinghamshire, back in April 2019. It took four days to excavate all 627 coins, almost all of which were silver. They slept in tents three nights straight to ensure robbers couldn’t visit the site while they were away. The found 600 Medieval coins, including 12 rare gold “nobles” from the reign of Edward III, have been declared treasures by the British Government and valued at around £150,000 ($180,000).