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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about how a Chicago suburb is the first to grant reparations to Black residents, the Van Long Nature Reserve raising its langur population to 200 since 2001, and how a women-only village educates on female empowerment in neighbouring villages whilst fighting for land equality in rural Kenya.
Chicago suburb is the first to approve housing reparations for Black residents
Funded by recreational marijuana taxes, Evanston will grant up to $25,000 per household for new home down payments or repairs in response to historic discriminatory zoning practices.
Endangered Delacour’s langur population quadruples in Vietnamese nature reserve
In the Van Long Nature Reserve, the population increased from 50 in 2001 to 200, thanks to joint initiatives between the reserve and German primatologist Timo Nadler.
Women-only village in rural Kenya inspires female empowerment and land equality
Founded by Jane Nolmongen in 1990, Umoja village is entirely jointly owned and run by women, who now encourage surrounding villages to embrace female empowerment and land equality.
Glasgow reaches carbon emission reduction goal five years earlier than declared
The Scottish city reached its reduction target in 2015, and will host the COP26 in 2021 having received the environment and sustainability prize.
Sustainable 3D-printed coral restore marine life in Hong Kong’s waters
The coral population – as well as Hong Kong’s overall marine life – has started to flourish, with coral survival rates 90% more likely when compared with traditional transplantation.
Blockchain technology highlights origin of energy
In order to provide more transparency in the energy sector, wind- and hydro powered Spanish company Acciona uses blockchain to show its clients the origin of their energy supply.
Alternate reality simulations help cities cope with climate disasters and fake news
The game-like simulators were tested in 6 cities throughout the world by both public and private sectors to cope with possible disaster scenarios in the future.
Thomson Reuters News Foundation
Former Mafia territory turned into agriturismo farmland
Libera Terra uses and shares its know-how amongst its nine cooperations to put former Mafia land to good use for local communities.
The New York Times
Over 100 constitutions from all over the world declare healthy environment a human right
The human right involves healthy ecosystems, flourishing biodiversity and a stable climate, strengthening nature’s preservation and holding offenders accountable.
How a 10-year-old from Wales scored a big win in the war on plastic waste
Thanks to Skye Neville’s campaign against throwaway toys, supermarket chain Waitrose has pledged to abandon them within 8 weeks.