First-ever whole-eye transplant, heroin users trained to detect ODs, drive against childhood illiteracy in Angola
Photo: Brands&People/Unsplash (CC0)
The latest edition of Squirrel News explores a groundbreaking world-first surgery feat, an initiative to train opiate users to spot overdoses and intervene in Scotland, and a literacy project empowering children in Angola.
New York surgeons successfully complete world’s first eye transplant
The groundbreaking surgery has shown indicators of success over the past six months, with the surgical team at NYU Langone Health reporting encouraging signs of a well-functioning vascular system and a visually promising retina in the transplanted eye.
Training heroin users in Scotland to prevent overdoses
Led by individuals who have personally battled addiction, the programme incorporates lessons on administering the life-saving antidote naloxone, with users undergoing training to recognise signs of overdoses and intervene effectively.
Source: BBC News
Empowering underprivileged youth through street education in Angola
In the streets of Angola’s capital Luanda, a dynamic literacy project has emerged with a mission to tackle illiteracy and foster educational opportunities among local children.
Source: Deutsche Welle
European Parliament forges consensus on vital biodiversity legislation
The Nature Restoration Law mandates that member states undertake measures to rehabilitate nature across a minimum of 20% of the Union’s land and marine territories by 2030.
Ohio becomes 24th US state to legalise the use of recreational marijuana
Ohio has officially sanctioned the recreational use of cannabis for non-medicinal purposes. This move signifies a broader trend of acceptance extending to traditionally conservative regions, reflecting the evolving landscape of marijuana policies across the US.
Source: NBC News
Can seed-spreading drones revitalise devastated environments?
Across regions spanning the western United States to Australia, land stewards are increasingly utilising drones to distribute seeds across landscapes ravaged by wildfires, floods, or depleted by logging and other human interventions.
Source: Washington Post
LA startup diverts discarded clothes from landfills, prevents clothing waste
In response to the environmental challenges posed by the rise of fast fashion and the ubiquity of synthetic fabrics like polyester, Ambercycle is taking on the mission of reimagining the lifecycle of clothing.
Baltimore nonprofit collaborates with city schools to promote youth safety
Elev8 Baltimore has forged partnerships with 20 city schools this year. Their collective efforts target over 650 students, offering an array of after-school programmes designed to keep young people engaged and out of harm’s way.
“A game-changer”: the 9,000 acre project reclaiming the Fens for nature
The Great Fen scheme in Cambridgeshire will attract rare wildlife and play a vital role in restoring the UK equivalent of the rainforest – and it has just taken a great step forward.
Source: The Guardian
Access all arias for South Africa’s rising young opera singers
A pioneering initiative in Cape Town is helping a new generation thrive in what was once seen as a predominantly white space.
Source: The Guardian