In today’s edition of Squirrel News, voluntary gun storage is becoming an increasingly popular programme; gay man have taken over the twitter hashtag of the far-right group “Proud Boys”; and a new app helps track and prevent Amazon deforestation through cooperation with users.
How to get gun owners to give up their firearms during crises
Guns do not just do harm to others, they are also a risk for oneself, especially in times of personal crises. The new, growing “voluntary storage” movement now tries to prevent suicides by asking gun owners to give up their arms voluntarily.
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Love takes over – gay men rebrand the Proud Boys’ Hashtag
This was not quite the attention the far-right group expected: their Twitter hashtag was trending on Sunday. But this time #proudboys was flooded by photos and memes of gay men and their families and friends.
This app helps you conserve the Amazon from your couch
A new app relies on user input to track down deforestation in order to protect the ecosystem. Gathered data will be used to alert governments and organisations about when and where to intervene.
India may have developed the fastest Covid-19 test
Scientists have conceptualised an affordable paper-based test that could give results as fast as a pregnancy test.
Malaria campaigns fight off Covid disruptions to deliver programmes
Impressively, almost all planned work against the disease has gone ahead this year, delivering nets, drugs and the world’s first malaria vaccine.
These 12 major cities have committed to divesting in fossil fuels
In an effort to move towards a green recovery from the pandemic, world leaders are pledging to cut down on fossil fuel use. Member cities include Berlin, Bristol and Capetown among others.
‘Green hydrogen’ from renewables could become cheapest ‘transformative fuel’ within a decade
Chinese manufacturers have reported making systems to create hydrogen with renewable energy for up to 80% less than official estimates from 2018.
An app to save delicious food at low prices
The app Too Good to Go connects users to restaurant meals which would otherwise be thrown away.
Nigeria’s new approach to treating mental disorders
Nigeria has a population of over 200 million people and only 250 psychiatrists. A new approach called task-sharing could provide a temporary solution.
The sport that helps girls from Indian villages break social taboos
An initiative focusing on football is helping girls in remote areas of India to gain self-confidence and break social barriers.