In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we take a look at New Zealand’s unique plan to end smoking, Philadelphia’s surprising strategy to reduce gun violence, and a small but dedicated team of volunteers who stop wildfires before they start.
New Zealand unveils unique plan to eliminate smoking
By annually raising the minimum age eligible to purchase tobacco, New Zealand aims to gradually wean itself of smoking.
New York Times
Can green spaces help curb gun violence?
Philadelphia’s LandCare program has cleaned and greened 12,000 vacant lots, removing trash and other signs of blight. A study showed that the program led to a large drop in violent crime in the cleaned-up areas.
The American firefighters who aim to stop wildfires before they start
In wildfire-prone California, a group of volunteers are combating the menace with public education and vigilance.
Christian Science Monitor
California to start America’s largest food waste recycling program
By encouraging citizens to recycle their excess food, the government intends to keep landfills clear of food waste and reduce methane emissions.
EU to announce tougher rules on child sexual content
The EU Commission is readying legislation to compel internet companies to detect, report and remove child sexual abuse material.
Drones help scientists gather climate information
An American company uses solar and wind-powered sailing drones to collect data in difficult winter conditions that would be challenging for traditional ships with crews.
Young progressives salute Kenyan music icon for coming out as gay
In a country in which gay people still face the threat of prison time, Kenyan musician and Sauti Sol band member, Chimano joins a growing list of Kenyan celebrities who have come out as gay in recent times.
The rise of the virtual surgeons
Thanks to recent advances in science, surgeons are now able to conduct operations far away from their physical location.
One woman’s efforts save African village from starvation
Using improved agricultural methods, a Madagascan woman has saved members of her community from starvation in her country’s worst drought in four decades.
How cities benefit from public art
Studies show that investments in public art can improve street safety, stimulate tourism, and combat social isolation.