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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about a bill that was passed in England and Wales to combat child marriage, a nonprofit company raising staff salaries to a minimum of $70,000 and an Israeli firm that employs microorganisms instead of cows to produce methane-free dairy milk.
England and Wales ‘one step closer to ending child marriage’ after MP vote
The second reading of a bill to ban marriage for under-18s receives cross-party support in the House of Commons.
This nonprofit has introduced a $70,000 minimum wage for their staff
Choose 180, a nonprofit organisation based in Washington, increased all employee salaries to an annual minimum of $70,000.
Cow’s milk without cows’ start-up raises $13m in seed funding
This Israeli firm makes dairy proteins using microorganisms that are programmed with DNA instructions. Imagindairy aims to produce methane-free cow’s milk on a commercial scale by 2030.
Electricity generated from soil
Bioo’s batteries use microbes in the soil to break down organic matter and harness electricity. This innovation can reduce the environmental impact of chemical batteries.
The first Black woman on International space station team
Jessica Watkins will make history in April 2022, as the first Black woman to join a international space station crew. Her mission is expected to last 4 months.
Second person ‘naturally’ cured of HIV
A woman from Esperanza was found to be the second person to have naturally eradicated the HIV virus from her system. Studying her condition may help to find a cure.
New HIV jabs taken two months apart hailed as huge step forward
Safe injectable antiretroviral drugs, approved by health bodies, ‘could lift burden of daily oral therapy’.
Afghan woman journalist fights the Taliban from London
Journalist Zahra Joya had to flee Afghanistan, but continues to stand up to the Taliban by running her news agency from a hotel in London.
You can now donate chickens, blankets or vaccines through American vending machines
Anyone passing by these ‘giving machines’, installed in 10 American cities, can donate to a fellow citizen in need.
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How a circus in Senegal helps former child beggars
Sencirk, Senegal’s only circus troupe, was established by former child beggar Modou Touré and plans to help other children in the same position.
Solutions for children
In our new podcast episode, we’re talking about solutions and progress for children worldwide. From the first malaria vaccine in Africa, to mental health days for school children in Illinois and a partnership in the UK aiming to make school grounds greener and more animal-friendly.