‘Magical’ reforestation, Arab women defying odds with sportswear, doctors with climate training
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we take a look at successful reforestation efforts with a twist in Costa Rica, new Arab sportswear businesses led by women against all odds, and the new climate training for doctors.
‘Magical’ reforestation thanks to crop planting in Costa Rica
Seemingly counterintuitive agroforestry policy combines planting of crops along with trees in a sustainable way, yielding extraordinary results.
Trailblazing Arab women entrepreneurs launch sportswear brands
From Saudi Arabia to Lebanon, women are venturing into the activewear business despite gender taboos and unfavorable economic circumstances.
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US medical schools make climate training a priority for new doctors
The intersection of climate change and health is real. These medical schools are reckoning with the health risks brought on by the climate crisis such as a higher incidence of preterm births and strokes.
European schools are getting ready to welcome Ukrainian children
Schools are increasing the number of classes, translating curriculums and fast-tracking the registration of Ukrainian teachers to make the transition as seamless as possible for the more than 1.5 million children fleeing the war.
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British Royal Mint invests in salvaging gold from circuit boards
A new plant in Wales will open in 2023 with a capacity to process 90 tons of circuit boards every week. The resulting hundreds of kilograms of gold will be traded as a physical commodity in European stock exchanges.
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Innovative flat-pack buildings perfect for “meanwhile spaces”
Designed by a London architecture firm, these easily-undone buildings are ideal to be used by small businesses in vacant land while the local government makes an official decision about its future.
App to count birds brings attention to Nepal’s rich avian life
The app was created by Bird Conservation Nepal to invite people to enjoy birds and support bird conservation efforts.
Native American-led breweries create space for storytelling
Young Native Americans are taking advantage of today’s craft beer movement to take ownership of their culture’s stories and be a beacon of hope to their often underserved communities.
Indian mystic Sadhguru on 100-day motorbike mission to save soil
The yoga guru will visit dozens of countries en route from London to India to highlight the threat to one of nature’s greatest resources – soil.
Lebanon’s Shouf bioreserve is a rare restoration success story
During the country’s 15-year civil war, the area was protected by landmines and armed guards. Now it offers many hiking trails beloved by locals and foreigners, as well as training programs for small business owners.
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