In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about Finland’s attempt to narrow the gender wage gap by encouraging open conversation around income, a huge increase in the number of new technologies fighting climate change, and how the UK’s hemp farms might be a key player in carbon dioxide sequestration.
Finland to narrow gender pay gap by telling workers their colleagues’ wages
The new law aims to close the wage gap between men and women by giving workers the right to check if they’re earning the same as their colleague or being discriminated against.
Boom in new technologies helping fight climate change
From community engagement apps to sensors counting pollinating insects in fields, a growing number of solutions are helping us make more informed – and greener – lifestyle choices.
Source: BBC Sounds
Hemp farms might be the answer to removing CO2 from our atmosphere
When grown in the right conditions, hemp is able to absorb more carbon dioxide than it takes to cultivate – and almost twice as much of a traditional forest of the same size.
Singapore is a glowing example of how to merge urban living with nature
The city state has spent decades ensuring that its residents have access to fresh air, clean water, and plenty of green outdoor space.
Portugal has made it illegal for your boss to contact you outside of working hours
The move aims to ensure that workers can have sufficient periods of rest and family time, with violations potentially resulting in a hefty fine.
Monsoon forecasts are helping Indian farmers prepare for extreme weather
Researchers in Germany are lending a hand to make climate change and its effects less unpredictable in a country which often experiences extreme weather events.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Farmer reworks ancestral farm into 50-acre deer reserve
R. Gurusamy from Tamil Nadu gave up his farm to care for a handful of deer wandering in the vicinity – with now over 1,800 calling his land home.
Source: The Better India
New York’s taxi drivers win fight to wipe out predatory debt
After a years-long grassroots campaign – involving 24-hour protesting and hunger strikes – thousands of driver will finally see relief from billions of dollars of predatory debt.
Source: Next City
New initiative aims to reverse the growing trend of men dropping out of college
Whilst the higher education gender gap is nothing new, it’s accelerated in recent years – with many men avoiding university altogether. Schools are now stepping up to support men and improve equality.