Cities cut meat consumption, #MeToo in Uganda, sand battery
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Today in Squirrel News, cities from New York to Los Angeles are taking on a new approach to cut foold-related emissions; a Ugandan lawyer is creating an anonymous reporting platform for victims of sexual abuse; and engineers from Finland are testing a giant heat storage made of sand.
A look at cities cutting down on meat consumption
Following symbolic initiatives aimed at slashing food-related emissions, several cities are taking on a new approach centering on collective effort.
#MeToo takes off in Uganda
A Ugandan lawyer, who has been at the receiving end of sexual harassment, continues her fight against toxic masculinity. She is working on law reforms and looking at creating an anonymous reporting platform.
World’s first sand battery goes online in Finland
Finnish engineers have installed a giant sand battery that is 4 meters wide and 7 meters high. It could store green energy like solar and wind for months, which could then warm homes during winter.
Indonesian startups use smartphone apps to tackle waste problem
Plastic waste continues to mount. In Indonesia alone 4.9 million tons of plastic trash is mismanaged, according to the World Bank. To help handle the problem, startups are making recycling easier with a few taps on the phone.
Floating wind farms off south Wales to generate 29,000 jobs
The Crown Estate says the new industry could create about 29,000 jobs, including 10,000 in Wales.
Boat manufacturers integrate green designs for sustainable sailing
There has been a steady increase in the demand for electric boat motors paving the way for green sailing. Some tour operators also appear to have embraced eco-friendly travel at sea.
How to buy great fashion that doesn’t cost the earth
Take stock of the clothes you have and find the best new or secondhand deals if you need more.
Traditional communities rally behind ecotourism to conserve their forests
They offer a wide range of activities and workshops to both generate revenue for the community and to educate visitors on their way of life and the importance of nature.
Return to agroforestry empowers women in Nepal
A women’s group in Kavre district decided to return to agroforestry four years ago, and they are already seeing the benefits.
‘Extinct’ parrots make a flying comeback in Brazil
The Spix macaw, a bird that had once vanished in the wild, is now thriving in its South American homeland after a successful breeding programme.