A recap of 2020 – Part 1: Falling suicide rates after gay marriage legalisation, Dengue breakthrough, $7,500 for the homeless
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To mark the end of 2020, we are excited to present you with a compilation of highlights from this year’s Squirrel News issues. Feel free to browse through part 1.
Suicide rates of those in same-sex unions falls by 46% after gay marriage is legalised
Since marriage rights were extended to include LGBT+ couples in Sweden and Denmark, suicide rates have almost halved among those in same-sex unions.
Dengue breakthrough in Indonesia after release of natural laced bacteria mosquitoes
Infections in the city of Yogyakarta plummeted by 77% following the release of mosquitoes injected with Wolbachia bacteria.
A research study in which homeless people were given $7,500 improved housing and food security
The project in British Columbia resulted in participants finding safe housing quickly and lowering rates of substance abuse.
Iran joins the #MeToo conversation
Since August last year, Iranian women have taken to the streets to share their experiences with sexual assault and violence. There is hope for it to grow into a broader movement against sexual violence across Iran.
Portuguese youth activists are holding the governments of 33 countries accountable for climate change
Six young people have filed a case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, citing a lack of tangible policies.
The first treatment for Ebola has been approved by the FDA
The recently ratified drug targets the ‘zaire’ Ebola strain, which usually kills 60% to 90% of those infected.
Sudan has officially criminalised female genital mutilation
The practice is now punishable by three years in prison, and is a huge win for activists who have campaigned for years against the procedure.
Colombian campesinos and cattle ranchers have joined forces to protect the Amazon rainforest
The historic zero-deforestation agreement means that regeneration of the fragile soils is now a top priority.
Bees, plants, hummingbirds and trees given citizenship in Costa Rican suburb
The Mayor granted the species citizenship in a move to ensure that urban planning benefits both wildlife and humans.
How a Chinese city transformed a desert into greenlands
After suffering from catastrophic sandstorms, the city of Yulin responded with decades of planting trees. Today over 92% of the Maowusu Desert is green.
Love takes over – gay men rebrand the Proud Boys’ Hashtag
This was not quite the attention the far-right group expected: their Twitter hashtag was trending on Sunday. But this time #proudboys was flooded by photos and memes of gay men and their families and friends.
World’s rarest primates return from brink of extinction thanks to conservation efforts
From fewer than 10 Hainan gibbons in 1970, the Hong Kong-based Kadoorie Conservation effort has helped their population more than triple to over 30 today.
South China Morning Post