Landmark high seas treaty takes shape, Bhutan’s snow leopard boom, video documentaries for court defendants
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Today at Squirrel News, we’re exploring a groundbreaking UN treaty set to boost ocean protections, Bhutan’s milestone achievement with a big increase in snow leopard numbers, and the videos helping people accused of crimes received a fair sentence.
70 UN countries sign inaugural treaty aimed at safeguarding the world’s seas
In a historic moment at the United Nations, a significant step forward is fuelling optimism that the treaty will soon be enforced, offering crucial protection to endangered ecosystems essential for the well-being of our planet.
Bhutan celebrates progress as snow leopard population surges by 39.5%
Bhutan’s ongoing commitment to conservation and the efforts of the National Snow Leopard Survey 2022-2023, in partnership with the Bhutan For Life initiative and WWF Bhutan, have revealed the confirmed presence of 134 snow leopards in the country.
Documentary-style videos emerge as a powerful tool for mitigating sentences
Individuals facing criminal accusations are increasingly utilising concise documentary-style videos, aiming to provide judges, juries, and prosecutors with the full scope of their humanity – making a case for redemption and, in some cases, leniency in sentencing.
Source: BBC News
Oregon receives $58 million to reduce extreme heat risks through tree planting
This infusion of funds is specifically earmarked to enhance tree coverage in community areas and neighbourhoods that are most vulnerable to the adverse effects of extreme heat, fostering equal access to greenery and natural environments.
Lithuania bans fur farming, implements compensation for farmers effective 2027
The proposal to amend the Law on Welfare and Protection of Animals garnered significant support, with 68 Members of Parliament voting in favour, while 25 opposed it, and 15 abstained from voting. This progressive measure signals a significant shift in animal welfare practices within Lithuania.
Solar installations poised to smash global records in 2023
Research firm BloombergNEF projects a remarkable 56% surge in global solar installations for 2023. Driven by the combination of cost-effective solar panels and supportive policies, the stage is set for a slew of record-breaking solar achievements in the near future.
Source: Canary Media
Pennsylvania adopts automatic voter registration, Gov. Shapiro reveals
The electoral reform initiative makes Pennsylvania the 24th state to adopt automatic voter registration. Anyone visiting the DMV for a new or renewed driver’s license will now be automatically enrolled as a voter – unless they actively choose to opt out.
Source: Penn Live
California pioneers low-carbon school meals
The revamped menu options in Santa Ana schools are contributing to a significant reduction in SAUSD’s environmental footprint, with EPA-guided calculations by Goddard suggesting an annual district-wide emission reduction of approximately 1,300 tonnes.
Medellín’s green corridors are a model for climate resilience
Medellín’s innovative green corridors have garnered praise for their remarkable cooling effects and positive impact on the environment – and might offer valuable lessons to cities worldwide seeking to combat rising temperatures and environmental challenges.
Source: BBC Future
Illinois unveils state’s first foster home for LGBTQ+ teens
This state-funded haven led by the non-profit organisation Lawrence Hall signifies a significant stride toward fostering acceptance and support within the foster care system, with child advocates applauding this development.