Biodiversity protection agreement, dollars for guns, vaccine against fentanyl
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, UN leaders sign a ‘historic’ biodiversity deal, US police offer incentivised trading in unwanted guns and a vaccine preventing fentanyl overdoses is being studied.
Countries agree to protect biodiversity at UN summit
The COP15 UN summit in Canada saw world leaders agreeing to protect a third of the the world’s nature. The deal is meant to slow biodiversity loss and ensure there is enough money to do so.
Indigenous land rights recognised at COP15
Indigenous communities’ role in protecting nature is recognised, but leaders say that they didn’t get everything they wanted to see. Still, it establishes an avenue for accountability.
Police departments in the US trade gift cards for unwanted guns
Everett Police Department in Washington saw people cash in their guns, some citing safety and rising crime as a reason for doing so. The department said they may continue the buyback programme with adequate support.
The Seattle Times
University of Houston vaccine could reduce fentanyl overdoses
Researchers saw success in a study with rats, and they hope the vaccine will translate into reducing overdoses in humans.
New York joins growing list of states banning cosmetics animal testing
Signed into law on Thursday, the New York Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act will go into effect in 2023.
Number of cafeterias giving children free and low cost meals grows in Japan
The increase in these cafeterias, or kodomo shokudо̄ in Japanese, is the second largest since 2019.
The Japan Times
Colorado county hopes to reduce recidivism, homelessness
Arapahoe County leaders hope providing housing to former inmates will help keep them from reentering the criminal justice system.
Conservationists seek to reduce bird deaths associated with city life
Bright lights and building collisions lead to bird deaths in Chicago. Individuals and activist groups are working to reduce them by bringing the issue to architects, politicians, businesses and homeowners.
The Christian Science Monitor
Rice could be Indian farmers’ tool against climate change
Conservation efforts have led to the resurgence of more resilient rice varieties.
Cambodian women are using theatre to speak out against domestic abuse
One in five women in Cambodia report experiencing domestic abuse – now a theatre group in Battambang is producing shows that help survivors talk about what is still a taboo subject.