Four-day working week, clean energy in China’s deserts, free meals for food-insecure families
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we look at the ongoing rise of the four-day working week around the world, China’s plans to build giant solar and wind parks on desert regions, and a tech startup that helps food-insecure families eat healthier.
30 more companies join four-day working week trial
30 further British companies have signed up to a six-month pilot of a four-day working week. While the trial will see no loss in pay for employees, productivity is expected to remain at 100%.
The New Zealander trying to revolutionise the working week: ‘It’s a rational business decision’
The four-day working week movement is gaining traction. From a speck of an island at the bottom of the world, one man is intent on change.
Philippines considers four-day working week to combat rising costs
Economist calls for compressed working hours with 10-hour days in response to higher fuel prices.
China to build giant solar and wind parks on Gobi desert
On the Gobi and other desert regions, China is planning to build green energy plants with the capacity of 450 GW – or 450 small nuclear power plants.
Oregon is transforming sewage into a source of green energy
The usual attitude to sewage is to find a way to get rid of it as cleanly and quickly as possible, but this state is using it to generate greener energy.
Reasons To Be Cheerful
Texting to counter food-insecurity in families
A tech startup company has devised a way to help families that struggle with appropriate nutrition eat healthier.
Cheaper sterilisation of cats and dogs drops the number of euthanised strays
A drive by veterinarians in Japan aims to reduce the euthanisation numbers of stray cats and dogs abandoned during the pandemic, using sterilisation as the focus.
Abandoned pets being given shelter during Ukrainian war
Amidst the chaos, a team of volunteers have come together to look after the pets stuck in the war in Ukraine.
Saving the Planet – One Lawsuit at a Time
Not all environmental activists chain themselves to trees or free animals from laboratories. Some wear a suit and tie, and they take the fight to where it scares their opponents most: the courtroom.
Tea After Twelve
Sometimes, doing nothing can be the most powerful weapon of all. Sometimes, just being there forces the powers that be to change. And sometimes, a non-violent protest can even bring an entire political system to its knees.
Tea After Twelve