Today in Squirrel News we have stories about the push for renewables across Europe to cut ties with Russian oil, free access to sanitary products in NSW public schools, and care farming which gives a fresh take in life to people with dementia.
Ukraine crisis could spark renewed pledge to renewables in EU, expert says
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is driving EU energy conversations towards clean sources and “this might be the biggest stimulus to the rollout of renewables that the continent has ever had,” according to an energy expert.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
New South Wales public schools to provide access to free sanitary products
Ahead of International Women’s Day, New South Wales puts the spotlight on young women. NSW’s Education Minister announced the government will begin providing free sanitary products at all public schools by end of June.
How satellites may hold the key to the methane crisis
A new generation of detectors will be many times better at tracking discharges of the dangerous greenhouse gas.
Source: The Guardian
Maine science lab to minimize experiments on mammals
A biological laboratory in Maine steps up its mission to improve human health through a new initiative that aims to boost drug discovery without the use of rats and mice.
Source: AP News
UK bosses give pay rise to help workers with rising power bills
“Normal people will be choosing between eating and heating, and that shouldn’t be the case,” says one of the bosses who are helping ease staff’s burden of having to pay skyrocketing power bills.
Six key lifestyle changes can help avert the climate crisis, study finds
Research shows that governments and individuals making small changes can have a huge impact in reducing emissions.
Source: The Guardian
New facility in Kansas City neighborhood aims to destigmatize mental health
A new mental health center breathes new life into an abandoned building in Kansas City. The facility was strategically placed in a community near homes and businesses to bring in a new way of thinking and remove stigma around mental health.
Source: Reasons to be Cheerful
Former banker couple helps farmers extend service directly to customers
Prateeksha and Prateek Sharma of Madhya Pradesh have developed a company called ‘Greens and Grains’ that trains farmers to manage their agriculture organically, and deliver it directly to customers.
Source: The Better India
A community in Mexico reforests its land against the advance of illegal logging
A community in rural Mexico has for the past 15 years led the conservation of the forest on its communally managed land, or ejido, in a region wracked by illegal logging.
People with dementia roll up their sleeves on care farms
In Holland elderly people with Dementia are keeping themselves busy in care farms. Activities like harvesting vegetables and feeding livestock allow them to reap physical and emotional benefits while living a more meaningful life.