Montpellier, France. Photo: Héctor J. Rivas / Unsplash (CC0)
In this edition of Squirrel News, we visit French cities with free public transport, London will provide free meals to primary school children, and sea cucumbers emerge as heroes of the sea.
Montpellier introduces free transport
The French city of Montpellier is implementing free public transportation, showing its commitment to social justice. The scheme is similar to those of other French territories and European cities.
London to provide free school meals to primary school children
The city is implementing a £130m emergency cost-of-living scheme. The programme will run during the 2023-24 academic year. It has the potential to save households £440 each child over the year.
EU greenlights ban on fossil fuel-powered cars
New gas and diesel cars will be banned in the European Union by 2035 under a new mandate. The move follows the lead of California and the state of New York.
World’s first offshore wind seaweed farm to be operational by end-year
The North Sea Farm 1 project off the coast of the Netherlands aims to become a model for offshore seaweed farming that can be utilised all over the world.
New Jersey tackles racially biased anti-drug policies
Emphasising equity, a programme in New Jersey is expected to change the lives of people with previous marijuana-related charges.
Dhaka embraces sustainable commuting with first metro rail
The densely populated city in Bangladesh relies primarily on buses and cars for transportation. The train system paves the way for cleaner mobility and jobs.
How to fast-track bike lane construction
The Final Mile project has helped build 335 miles of bike lanes in five American cities within two years. This initiative provides a blueprint for expediting bike lane construction.
‘Filling in the gaps’ for food access: women-run farms rethink California agriculture
Female farmers represent an increasing share of Golden State cultivators – and grow a wider variety of ‘specialty crops’ than done in traditional monoculture
Singapore converts old rail line into nature reserve
In favour of biodiversity protection and to provide the public with a new recreational area, Singapore opted to transform a defunct rail line into a nature reserve.
How sea cucumbers protect oceans and increase income
Researchers in Australia are studying the coral reef benefits of sea cucumber poo. While in Madagascar, local residents are adopting sustainable farming practices to boost their income and safeguard the seas.