Europe’s e-bike boom, universal free school meals in Massachusetts, France to end printing of paper receipts
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Today in Squirrel News, millions of Europeans commute on e-bikes thanks, Massachusetts becomes the eighth US state to adopt universal free school meals, and France ends the printing of non-essential paper receipts.
How Europe kicked off its e-bike boom
Millions of Europeans have begun to commute on e-bikes. The mobility revolution is being widely promoted by governments and employers.
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Massachusetts introduces universal free school meals
Massachusetts joins a small but growing number of states adopting free school meals for all public school students grades K-12. The goal is to remove the stigma of getting free meals while targeting childhood hunger.
France to stop printing non-essential paper receipts
In France, the systematic printing of paper receipts has stopped. However, customers can still ask for a printout if they want one, and receipts are still mandatory in restaurants or workshops.
Amazon Summit paves the way for indigenous voice in forest protection
Indigenous leaders are holding out hope that a summit of Amazon country leaders held this week will give them more power over how the rainforest is managed. Now they call for promises to be followed up with action.
India to revise colonial-era penal code and toughen laws protecting women
India’s home minister promises widespread reforms but some experts suggest the new laws are more a repackaging of existing measures than real change.
The crops thriving in the shade of solar panels
Projects worldwide are exploring the benefits of solar panels above crops to shield them from heat, conserve moisture, and increase yields – such as a Bavarian farmer who combines hops cultivation and clean energy by using solar panels to shade his plants.
How climate conversation groups inspire action
When it comes to the climate crisis, discussion not only reduces fears, but brings real change, too.
Reasons to be Cheerful
Where loaves of bread bring happiness
The ADAMÂ Bakery trains and employs refugees in Uganda to make bread. This way they can earn a living while also feeding unaccompanied minors in the refugee settlements.
Why the future of clean energy may come faster than you think
The United States is turning away from fossil fuels in favour of wind power, solar energy and other renewables, even in areas dominated by the oil and gas industry. While being nearly invisible to most Americans, a profound shift is taking place across the country.
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