African free trade area, Buddhist monk battles human trafficking, Mexico City bans single-use plastics
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about how Africa launched the world’s largest trade area, a former buddhist monk tackling sex trafficking through education, and Mexico City’s fight against single-use plastic.
Africa launches free continental trade bloc
While a full implementation of the trade bloc requires further collaboration, the continent has launched the largest free trade area in the history of the World Trade Organisation.
Former monk combats human trafficking in Thailand
Hartanto Gunawan’s community learning centre in a Buddhist monastery offers training and alternative career paths to young women.
Mexico City initiates ban of single-use plastics in 2021
Following the initiatives of countries and communities worldwide, one of the world’s largest cities now also prohibits plastic forks, straws and cups among other single-use materials.
Indian fashion designer turns old PPE into mattresses for hospitals and the homeless
Using a simple braiding technique, Lakshmi Menon enables rural women in India to generate income by producing hygienic and affordable mattresses.
Pineapple drones: Malaysian researchers take waste to the sky
By searching for a use for pineapple waste that boosts productivity of farmers, this team uses pineapple waste to improve the quality of synthetic fibres of regular drones.
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Colombia’s sustainable timber harvesting conserves biodiversity and businesses
The country’s thorough supervision of timber harvesting supports rural Colombians along the value chain while conserving it’s rich biodiversity.
Deforestation alert system could reduce forest loss and mitigate climate change
The satellite-based programme integrates and offers free alerts on illegal deforestation activity.
Ancient wetlands to ensure water supply in Indian city
Using scientific data to illustrate the impact of pollution on its wetlands the city of Chennai is not only conserving biodiversity, but has rediscovered an age-old system of interconnected ponds.
Germany pledges to diversify names of storms
After a successful online campaign, the names of storms in Germany will now reflect its multicultural society.