Baltic nations to multiply wind energy, eradicating invasive species, mental health walking groups for ‘blokes’
In today’s edition of Squirrel News, nations around the Baltic aim to increase offshore wind energy sevenfold, an island rids itself of invasive rabbits, and a walking group helps men suffering from anxiety.
Baltic nations aim to increase offshore wind energy sevenfold
Eight nations that share the Baltic sea have agreed to vastly increase the amount of energy produced by offshore wind in an effort to escape reliance on Russian energy. The goal is to increase sevenfold the amount of wind energy harvested by 2030.
Wind turbine blades could be recycled into gummy bears, scientists say
Researchers design composite resin for blades that can be broken down to make new products including sweets.
From 300,000 rabbits to none: a Southern Ocean island is reborn
Invasive species on islands: Macquarie Island, a Unesco world heritage site, was being eaten alive until an ambitious eradication programme restored it.
The people making a difference: the man who set up a mental health walking group for ‘blokes’
After bottling up his own anxieties for a decade, Scott Oughton-Johnson created a group for other men who’ve felt the same. Now similar groups are starting around the country.
Tinder for booklovers: the new app matching like-minded readers
Klerb is ideal for finding companions who share your taste in books, its developer says. Early signs are it will be a bestseller.
Indigenous athletes seek to reclaim lacross
Indigenous activists and athletes in the United States seek to reclaim the traditional sport of lacrosse from its elite, prep-school associations. They aim to combine sporting exhibitions with lessons about the history of the game and its spiritual importance.
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Having plants around playgrounds in schools helps protect children from pollution
A recent study has found a link between the placement of plants around school playgrounds, and a reduction in roadside pollution within the playgrounds. This helps protect the kids from its harmful effects.
Should ‘quiet quitting’ rather be called ‘rational living’?
Amidst the ‘great resignation’, another form of leaving the corporate grind has grown. Known as ‘quiet quitting’, people are employing methods such as mentally disengaging from their jobs. And experts say that’s actually healthy.
Vertical farming initiative aims to bring dignity and employment to its community
People with disabilities often have a hard time finding meaningful employment. But a Wyoming greenhouse provides just that, planting seeds of dignity to cultivate robust lives and professional success.
Endangered freshwater mollusc sees a revival as Minnesota programme yields fruit
Vital for water filtration, mussels play an important part in many aquatic ecosystems. Now, following a three-year programme organised by the Department of Natural Resources, endangered mussels are breeding in the wild again.