Afghanistan’s female journalist collective, building equity for students, cow-inspired sanitation solution
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about women journalists reporting from the female perspective in Afghanistan, a nonprofit in St. Louis providing employment and financial assistance for students by refurbishing and selling houses to minorities, and zero-power sewage plants mimicking cow stomachs in India.
“For as long as we can”: reporting as an Afghan woman as the Taliban advance
A collective of female journalists are battling to make women’s voices heard as the Islamist militants tighten their grip on the country.
Nonprofit refurbishes buildings to employ minority students and finance education
Dream Builders 4 Equity provides mentorship programmes and financial planning education whilst selling the new affordable homes to minority groups.
50 sustainable zero-power sewage plants mimic cow stomachs in India
Tharun Kumar developed the sewage plants jointly with the Biomimicry Institute, which don’t require power as they function with bacteria that do not require any oxygen – just like a cow’s stomach.
“Ten years ago this was science fiction”: the rise of weedkilling robots
The makers of robot weeders say the machines can reduce pesticide use and be part of a more sustainable food system.
Nepal builds electric motorcycles to replace petrol powered engines
Yatri Motorcycles develops more affordable and sustainable alternatives to the most common transport vehicle in Nepal, following suit in the countries drive for e-mobility.
Solar power supply reaches all-time high in EU
In June and July, solar power accounted for 10% of the overall energy supply in the European Union, with Spain and Germany being the front runners in production.
Venice to build wheelchair-friendly routes throughout the city
From the city’s main entrance to the popular St. Mark’s Square, local authorities have vowed to invest $1.6 million dollars to improve accessibility.
Indian hospitals train relatives to take care of patients after treatment
Thanks to basic personal, video and audio training by nonprofit Noora CCP, readmission rates are significantly dropping in Indian hospitals.
Reasons to be cheerful
Mallorca marine reserve boosts wildlife as well as business, report finds
Protected area delivered a tenfold return on investment, with benefits for fishing, biodiversity and tourism.
Zanzibar’s female seaweed farmers turn to deep seas to combat climate change
The warming waters are detrimental for the shallow sea weed farms, so the farmers use stuffed tubular nets in deeper waters to grow the profitable underwater crop whilst teaching others to swim.