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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about the world’s first insurance policy for an ecosystem, the first US state to introduce an income plan for pregnant people and foster children, and the city of Madrid surrounding itself with a wall of trees to tackle climate change.
First ecosystem to have an own insurance policy in Mexico
If a natural disaster occurs, the funds will be made available so that “guardians” of the world’s second largest barrier reef can restore the damage whilst making it more resilient against future incidents.
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First state-funded guaranteed income plan announced in California
Pregnant people and young adults leaving foster care will receive between $500 and $1,000 each month and can use the money freely – with several other states set to follow suit.
France bans culling of male chicks
France has become the third country – after Switzerland and Germany – to ban the practice of gassing and crushing, with the ban starting in 2022.
Greenland halts oil drilling in shift towards renewable energy
In light of recent extreme weather events, Greenland’s left-wing government has announced the end of its exploitation of the country’s rich oil reserves.
“Like Uber for snake emergencies”: tech takes the sting out of bites in rural India
Venomous snakebites cause tens of thousands of deaths each year. But homegrown apps are coming to the rescue – and protecting reptiles from reprisals.
Japan’s Paralympic and Olympic games to be powered by hydrogen
The Olympic village is to be entirely powered by hydrogen, which is generated with the help of solar systems erected in Fukushima.
First active ice hockey player in the US comes out as gay
Luke Prokop has only recently been drafted and is set to commence his professional NHL career. He announced his homosexuality before playing his first game for Nashville.
Terrestrial mammals monitored using environmental DNA
eDNA could significantly reduce costs and effort in wildlife monitoring. By deriving the DNA from a predator’s footprint in the snow, scientists can determine the mammal as well as its prey.
US company announces menstruation vacations
Once a month Kristal De Groot allows a “do what you can day” when menstruating employees can decide to come to work or not, in case they are in too much pain.
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Madrid to build 75 kilometre urban forest around city walls
The planting of almost half a million trees are part of the Spanish capital’s initiative to combat climate change and significantly improve its air quality.