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Today at Squirrel News, we highlight the positive shift in public health as the global tobacco industry experiences a decline, tougher anti-money laundering rules for cryptoassets and dealers in luxury goods in the EU, and Colombia’s unlikely beer company with a message of peace.
Global tobacco consumption declining despite industry resistance, reports WHO
Despite persistent industry efforts to hinder this positive trend for the sake of profit, the world is seeing a reduction in tobacco consumption. The data indicates that there are now 19 million fewer smokers than there were just two years ago, marking a substantial step towards a healthier global population.
EU takes steps to strengthen financial integrity, combat money laundering
The EU has formulated a plan to set a positive tone by capping cash payments at €10,000 (approximately $11,000). The comprehensive measures also address emerging challenges in the realm of cryptocurrency, with the plans now poised for bloc-wide approval.
Citizens’ council in Germany advocates nationwide free lunch initiative
The recommendations conveyed by Germany’s first ever official citizen’s council to Bärbel Bas – President of the German Parliament – included the implementation of complimentary school lunches, improved nutritional labelling, and a revision of taxation policies related to food.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Brazil’s free school lunches are a pillar to keep kids fed and in school
By feeding more than 40 million students – from daycare through high school, across 5,570 municipalities – the initiative is a crucial component of post-COVID efforts to encourage the return of students to classrooms, ensuring that children stay nourished and engaged in their education.
EU reaches deal to boost number of zero-emission vehicles on roads
The decision is set to usher in a wave of positive change, as the provisional agreement mandates heavy-duty vehicle (HDV) manufacturers to slash carbon emissions by 45% for new vehicles by 2030. This commitment is expected to increase to 65% by 2035 and 90% by 2040.
Bangladesh’s solar power industry set to generate thousands of green jobs
After experiencing sluggish progress for several years, the renewable energy sector in Bangladesh is seeing a significant revival, primarily fuelled by the increasing affordability of solar power. This positive momentum is anticipated to pave the way for the creation of 3,000 to 4,000 new jobs in the green energy sector over the next few years.
Inverting the cycle: turning plant waste into concentrated carbon
A growing number of startups are converting plant waste into highly concentrated carbon, a process that involves burying or injecting the carbon underground. This innovative approach is similar to a reversal of the fossil fuel cycle.
Make America Rake Again: the campaign for a cleaner USA
With an increasing number of American cities prohibiting petrol-powered devices such as leafblowers, a shift towards a quieter and more sustainable approach to garden maintenance is taking root.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful
Championing mental health: ‘Bipolar General’ takes a stand against stigma
In a military culture that often rewards aggressive and daring behaviour, Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin is challenging the prevailing notion that military personnel must project an unyielding toughness – sharing how the initial allure of his condition gave way to severe symptoms exacerbated by the intense demands of his career.
Guerrilla fighters turned craft brewers: Colombia’s unlikely beer company
In Bogotá, a brewery founded by former Farc members has become a cultural hub teaching visitors about Colombia’s violent history and road to reconciliation.
Source: The Guardian