Austria’s vaccination lottery, protest becomes more professional, green city of Freiburg
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Today on Squirrel News we look at the a new scheme to convince the vaccine hesitant, a study showing that protests around the world are becoming more professional and effective, and Freiburg’s extraordinary progress towards carbon neutrality.
Austria creates Covid lottery with €500 prizes to woo vaccine hesitant
Together with a new Covid-19 vaccine mandate, Austria has introduced a lottery for newly vaccinated people. Entrants will have an almost one-in-three chance to win a €500 prize.
Study shows protests are becoming better organised and more successful
A new study analyzed mass protests worldwide and concluded that they are becoming more professional and less violent. Social media has played a role as a tool for organising.
The ‘Green City’ of Freiburg: a leader in climate protection
In Freiburg, one in three residents use bikes as their main mode of transport and the new city hall building has 800 solar panels on the facade. The city wants to see climate neutrality policies take center stage around Germany.
Seattle’s soda tax is effective in decreasing sugar consumption
After a soda tax was implemented in Seattle, food and drink sales showed significantly reduced sugar consumption.
The black farmers bringing agriculture back into coal country
Underserved Black and Brown communities previously dependent on coal mining industry jobs are developing new agricultural businesses and restoring the land in the terraced hillsides of West Virginia.
The environmental case for buying a coal mine
There is one surprisingly good reason for climate change campaigners to want to buy up coal mines or oil drilling rights: to make sure that no one actually uses them.
Meet the 20 circular economy startups making waste history
From growing biodegradable packaging to replacing styrofoam with grain husks, these are the projects in the running for the Green Alley Award which recognises pioneering circular startups in Europe.
Crop insurance changes farmers’ lives in Ghana
An insurance programme run by an NGO stops farmers from falling into poverty when harvests come up short due to drought or heavy rains.
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‘We started eating them’: what do you do with an invasive army of crayfish clones?
It’s been dubbed the perfect invader, but the marbled crayfish may offer a sustainable food source and even help prevent disease.
Cleaning water with rubbish
A Ugandan chemist turns old cattle bones and food waste into activated carbon, which he then uses to produce water purifiers for schools and hospitals.
The joy of giving to good causes
Studies have shown that spending money on others makes us happier than when we spend it on ourselves. It’s an even more joyful experience when it connects us to other people.