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In this issue of Squirrel News, we look at the success of a universal basic income trial in Kenya that has proven its worth over the course of the pandemic, the national women’s and men’s football teams of Brazil have been granted equal pay, and we look at the guerilla rewilder shaking up British farming and reintroducing forgotten species.
How a universal basic income trial in Kenya proved its worth
The 12 year trial began in 2017, and it has already shown that as little as 75 cents a day has had a significant boost for both food security and health in recent months.
Brazil’s men’s and women’s national soccer teams to get equal pay
On Wednesday the Brazilian Football Federation announced the move, hopefully setting an example for other footballing nations to follow.
Colourful cotton could be breakthrough for textile industry
A team of Australian scientists have managed to create a cotton that produces its own colour. An essential development for an industry renowned for its water-damaging dyeing practices
Denmark reforms sexual violence laws, making consent basis for determining rape
Welcomed by women’s groups, the legal change will no longer require there to be violence and coercion.
Source: The Local DK
Mothers’ names to finally go on child’s birth certificates in Afghanistan
Campaigning with the hashtag #Whereismyname, the Afghan government has finally accepted the proposal that has been pushed for years in a bid to grant more rights to women.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation News
Star Trek welcomes first transgender and non-binary characters to franchise
Ian Alexander and Blu Del Barrio, both trans and non-binary resepectively, will take the roles in the upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery.
Air Shepherd: Stopping poaching with drones
Able to fly at night with heat-sensitive imaging, and covering vast distances navigated with AI, the drones are proving to be an effective tool in the fight against poaching.
Killing breast cancer cells with honeybee venom
Scientists have discovered that a compound in the venom, called melittin, is able to destroy aggressive breast cancer cells in a lab setting.
Source: BBC News
‘It’s good for the brain’: how music can help BAME people living with dementia
A cafe playing Bollywood tunes benefits members of the south Asian community who find it hard to access mainstream services
Source: The Guardian
How thirty years of community-managed logging in Guatemala has saved the rainforest
Initially opposed by NGOs, the radical programme granted concessions to indigenous communities to use the natural resources, so as long as they did so sustainably. 30 years on, and these zones suffered from 5% of the deforestation as those without formal permission.
It’s going to be our way now’: the guerrilla rewilder shaking up British farming
Derek Gow is winning over doubters in his bid to reintroduce storks, beavers, wildcats, water voles and much, much more
Source: The Guardian