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The island nation curbing plastic pollution, global call for climate action, lynx returns from brink of extinction

The island nation curbing plastic pollution, global call for climate action, lynx returns from brink of extinction Vanuatu

In the final edition before the weekend, we’re exploring how the small Pacific island nation of Vanuatu slashed plastic waste, new research stating that 80% of the world’s population supports stronger climate action, and the return of the European lynx thanks to conservation measures.

#37: Meet a Jew

#37: Meet a Jew

Prejudices about Jews are still widespread today. Yet many young people in Germany have never consciously met a Jew. The project ‘Meet a Jew’ aims to change this by bringing Jewish volunteers together with school classes and clubs. In this episode, project coordinator Masha explains what the encounters achieve and why many participants are amazed by them.

#36: Rediscovering the past to shape the future – with special guest Jim Klein

#36: Rediscovering the past to shape the future – with special guest Jim Klein Jim Klein with his father Kurt in 1997

In this special, personal episode, we continue our conversation about history with a special guest and a special project in which Jonathan’s father recently rediscovered the story of Kurt Klein and Gerda Weissmann Klein: two Jews who left Germany during and after World War II, married and became very well-known in the US due to Gerda’s book “All but my life” – but almost unknown in Germany. In this episode, we speak with their son Jim Klein about how his Kurt father saved Oskar Schindler, lessons from his mother for politics today, and the meaning of re-establishing contact with a left-behind part of family history.

Historic US climate regulation, millions of anti-dengue mosquitoes, stipends against eviction, social supermarkets

Historic US climate regulation, millions of anti-dengue mosquitoes, stipends against eviction, social supermarkets Highway in Los Angeles

In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we highlight a new EPA rule that promises cleaner air and a quicker transition to electric vehicles, the doubling number of Brazilian cities served in a successful programme fighting dengue fever, open-ended stipends that are keeping renters in expensive Silicon Valley in their homes, and much more.