Forestry instead of opium production, EU to rebuild solar energy manufacturing, healthier hospitals
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re looking at the multiple success of a sustainable forestry project in Mexico, the EU’s plan to rebuild solar energy manufacturing, and hospitals that are trying to become less stressful places.
Opium production down as communities in Mexico’s Golden Triangle turn to forestry
Four communities in Mexico’s ‘Golden Triangle’, an area known for opium and marijuana production, embarked on a sustainable forestry project to reduce dependence on illegal crop production. The project has helped lift the Tamazula municipality off the state’s poverty list, raise their income above the minimum wage and contain narcotrafficking.
EU to rebuild and speed up solar energy manufacturing in Europe
On Thursday, the EU committed to develop by the end of May 2022 a list of measures to be implemented in all 27 European countries to cut down on gas and invest rather on solar energy installations.
EU unveils plan to end fast-fashion by 2030
Virginijus Sinkevičius, The EU environment commissioner claimed EU is aiming to get fast fashion “out of fashion” as a part of the EU-eco design project.
World Bank encourages the employment of “climate-smart technologies” in Turkey
To support Turkey in achieving zero carbon emissions by 2053, the World Bank approved a loan of $341.27 million to be invested in Turkey’S agricultural sector.
New international approach to corporate sustainability
The ISSB has proposed new global standards to be implemented in order to monitor the impact of companies on the environment and reduce the risk of greenwashing.
Switching to zero-emission cars and trucks could save more than 100,000 lives
According to a new report, the shift towards clean cars and trucks could save more than 100,000 lives as well as enormous savings in health care costs.
The best eco-friendly alternatives to period single-use sanitary products
It has been estimated that over a lifetime span, each person uses between 5,000 and 15,000 non-disposable hygiene products, made of 90% of plastic. Sustainable alternatives help reduce the environmental impact.
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Making hospitals less stressful
Hospitals have become places that can make you sicker than before. And there is lots of evidence that most patients find hospitals quite stressful. But some clinics are trying to improve their environment.
Traditional knowledge guides protection of planetary health in Finland
Scientists and Finnish traditional and Indigenous knowledge holders are collaborating to rewild and protect peatlands and associated forests and rivers, turning them into carbon sinks again, while bringing back wildlife and supporting fishing, hunting, and even tourism.