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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about an explosion in the American bald eagle population as a result of conservation efforts, Togo’s innovative approach to coping with pandemic-related poverty, and a unique organisation in the Middle East uniting conflicting nations to preserve their local environment.
Bald eagle population soars in the US
The announcement comes after a decades-long conservation project, with an estimated increase of 70,000 breeding pairs since the 1960s.
Togo is using satellite photos to distribute money to those in need
The method locates poverty-stricken areas through satellite imagery before sending money electronically to those who are suffering financially as a result of the pandemic.
EcoPeace Middle East unites conflicting nations to save their shared environments
Representatives from Jordan, Israel and Palestine are joining forces to clean up the air and local bodies of water in a unique peacebuilding exercise.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
Sesame Street introduces two Black characters to build racial literacy
The inclusion of the new Muppets aims to educate children and their families on race and issues surrounding it.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Scotland adopts an “opt-out” organ donation policy
As of last Friday, it is presumed that individuals consent to organ donation unless they have explicitly state otherwise, with the move set to improve access to life-saving transplants.
Source: BBC News
Australia bans biodegradable plastic and encourages a shift towards greener options
The government has stated that their intention is to encourage citizens to opt for reusable, recyclable or compostable materials instead in order to minimise environmental impact.
Scientists develop an eco-friendly plastic alternative made from wood byproducts
The new invention could mark a substantial shift away from petrochemical-based plastics.
Fancy a deep red? The rise of underwater wineries
After bottles were recovered in top shape from a world war one wreck, winemakers have started to exploit the sea’s cool, dark environment.
Source: The Guardian
Grassroots organisation hopes to increase university presence of Black students
Georgia Daze offers outreach programmes and application advice as part of their biannual workshops, aiming to encourage diversity in the state’s higher education facilities.
Source: Grady Newsource
A New Jersey Public Library initiative is helping former inmates adapt to modern life
With many newly-released prisoners struggling to cope with a digital society, Fresh Start offers training in everything from online job applications to making a FaceTime call.
Conservation campaign has removed invasive species from Lord Howe Island
A 15-year mission to lure rodents away from the unique ecosystem with bait has been successful, with native plants and animals now safe for the first time in 100 years.
Source: BBC News