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In the latest update from Squirrel News, we explore the 32% increase in female participation in higher education in India over the last ten years, the Biden Administration’s reinforced measures targeting harmful air pollutants, and celebrate a successful conservation endeavor that has reintroduced “extinct-in-the-wild” Bison to Europe.
Number of Indian women in higher education increases by 32% since 2014
The Ministry of Education has unveiled the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) 2021-2022, revealing a strong uptick in female enrollment.
Source: Economic Times
New EPA regulations aim to curb lethal air pollution in the US
The Biden administration has implemented stricter limits on hazardous air pollutants, with the Environmental Protection Agency estimating that the new rule is poised to avert 4,500 premature deaths each year.
Source: AP News
Reintroduction of “extinct-in-the-wild” Bison to Europe in conservation success
While many herds remain modest in size, the once-endangered status of these animals is now a thing of the past.
Source: BBC News
Ecuador becomes second Latam country to legalise euthanasia
Following a case initiated by Paola Roldan, a terminally ill patient, the Ecuadorian court has legalised euthanasia in a landmark ruling. The move means that individuals facing severe and incurable terminal diseases now have the right to choose a dignified end to their lives.
Source: Deutsche Welle
The Montana ski resort transforming wastewater into snow
Resort authorities at the Yellowstone Club – alongside environmental NGOs – hope that this innovative approach will not only improve the skiing experience but also contribute to the well-being of the watershed during periods of limited winter precipitation.
Source: Montana Free Press
Unconventional approach to groundwater sharing in rural Montana
Leveraging a geologically distinctive aquifer, the conservation district has been cultivating crops, fostering local employment, and retaining agricultural revenue within the community for nearly three decades.
Source: Reasons to be Cheerful
Accelerating efforts for climate-resilient coral reefs
Innovative approaches in coral restoration are gaining traction across the globe – showing promising potential in expediting the recovery of endangered coral ecosystems.
Source: BBC News
Cork emerges as sustainable alternative to plastic, creates billion-dollar market
Amid growing concerns over plastic pollution and the quest for eco-friendly alternatives derived from fossil fuels, cork, an age-old material, is undergoing a resurgence.
Source: Washington Post
World’s only chile pepper institute aims to expand accessibility, protect species
The Chile Pepper Institute at New Mexico State University is pioneering the development of mechanically-harvestable chili peppers through cutting-edge research. Meanwhile, Transplanting Traditions is empowering refugee farmers by offering space and support for chili cultivation.
How one of Britain’s happiest, healthiest communes was built
It took 13 years of dreaming, peril and hard graft before the first residents moved into Cannock Mill – an eco-village that tackles both the climate crisis and loneliness.
Source: The Guardian