每日新闻播报(February 22)

People wearing face masks walk past the Vaccination Centre at ExCel exhibition centre in London, Britain, Jan 12, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

>UK's 'thinnest house' on sale
A property in London's Shepherd's Bush might be the thinnest one in the country, and it is up for sale for $1.3 million by estate agents Winkworth.
Squeezed between a walk-in clinic and a hair salon that has shuttered, the property is all of six-feet wide, has five floors and measures a total of 1,034 square feet.
Reportedly the home was once a Victorian hat shop with storage and living quarters and was built in the late 19th or early 20th century.
And while a price tag of $1.3 million means this listing is far from affordable, tiny houses are increasingly popular as architects respond to high living costs, increasing urban density and greater interest in downsizing and simplifying our lives.

Bill Gates. [Photo/Agencies]

>Synthetic beef to save the planet
Bill Gates recently said that he believes rich nations would help the global fight against climate change by consuming only plant-based meat products instead of beef.
In a recent interview with Technology Review, Gates discussed his new book, "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster," and emphasized the benefits rich nations could produce by moving to "100% synthetic beef."
"I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef," Gates said when asked about how countries can help to reduce methane emissions when it comes to food production.
"You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they're going to make it taste even better over time."
Praising the technological achievements in agriculture and bioengineering, Gates said there was no other way but to eliminate livestock, even as he admitted that telling people "You can't have cows anymore" is a "politically unpopular approach to things."

People walk along Regent Street, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, Dec 14, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

>Britain's favorite takeaway
The COVID-19 pandemic had shifted Britons' takeaway habits, with those who ordered frequently before the pandemic doing even more so during lockdown.
One in four Brits (25%) picked Chinese food as their preferred takeaway, while 17% say they prefer Indian, and another 16% opt for the classic fish and chips, according to a survey carried out by YouGov.
Around one in eight (12%) people overall would choose pizza as their go-to takeaway, while Thai food and kebabs prove significantly less popular (3% each) followed by chicken and burgers (2% each).
A significant proportion of the population (13%) also say they do not eat takeaway.

A bird's-eye view of the Danjiangkou Reservoir Dam in Danjiangkou, Hubei province. The reservoir is the water source for the central route of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

>China's water diversion project
The South-to-North Water Diversion Project, the world's largest, has transferred over 40 billion cubic meters of water through its middle and eastern routes since it went into operation, according to official data.
The project has greatly contributed to ensuring the drinking water safety of hundreds of millions of people, promoting economic and social development along its route, while improving the ecological environment, said the Ministry of Water Resources.
The middle route, the most prominent of three due to its role in feeding water to the nation's capital, starts from the Danjiangkou Reservoir in Hubei province and runs across Henan and Hebei before reaching Beijing and Tianjin. It began supplying water on Dec 12, 2014.
The eastern route began operations in November 2013, transferring water from Jiangsu province to feed areas including Tianjin and Shandong.
The western route is at the planning stage and is yet to be built.

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