Landmark ruling in Guatemala, street cabinets turned into EV charging points, roads made of cigarette butts
Photo: Mundubat Fundazioa / Flickr (CC0)
In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we bring you stories of Indigenous rights prevailing in Guatemala, the UK’s innovative EV charging plan, and Slovakia’s eco-friendly transformation of cigarette waste into road material.
Landmark ruling favours Indigenous rights over mining in Guatemala
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ruled against Guatemala for permitting nickel mining on Indigenous lands, ordering an end to mining and the establishment of new laws to protect Indigenous property rights.
Source: AP News
Old street cabinets to be turned into EV charging points in the UK
A pilot project is set to transform outdated street cabinets into electric vehicle charging points, a move that could significantly expand the United Kingdom’s electric vehicle charging network.
Slovakia turns cigarette butts into asphalt for roads
Addressing the environmental challenge of cigarette litter, which often ends up contaminating soil and water, Bratislava in Slovakia innovates by recycling discarded cigarette filters into material for road asphalt.
Google Chrome to block tracking cookies
In response to growing privacy concerns over third-party cookies tracking user data, Google Chrome is testing a new feature to disable these cookies, promising a more private browsing experience.
California’s new law aids medical residents in abortion training
As numerous states restrict abortion training for medical residents, California steps up with a new law facilitating in-state training for out-of-state doctors.
Source: The 19th
Juneau tackles tourist emissions with innovative heat pump project
In Juneau, Alaska, a unique carbon offset project is underway where tourists contribute to funding heat pump installations for locals, mitigating emissions from tourism-related activities.
Mobile home co-ops embrace renewables for housing stability, climate action
Faced with escalating lot rents and unstable living conditions, mobile home residents are forming cooperatives to purchase their land, enabling infrastructure upgrades and renewable energy investments.
Parents supporting parents transform challenges of disability care
To address the challenges of raising children with disabilities, parents are forming support groups, providing each other with guidance and resources to navigate medical and social systems.
Source: Yes Magazine
How Mama Octopus and her female fishing crew make waves saving Kenya’s reefs
Amina leads a team of fisherwomen challenging the status quo as they build a future for their families and help restore marine life.
Source: The Guardian
‘Food is a tool for change’: the Turkish chef who empowers women and helps refugees
Ebru Baybara Demir, who won a global gastronomy prize in 2023, explains why cultural exchange and humanitarian relief are both on her menu in south-east Turkey.
Source: The Guardian