In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about Malaysia replacing strict detention laws for drug addicts with rehabilitation, Black female rangers detecting poachers in national parks via crowd viewing, and cooled-down greenhouses in Somaliland reducing the need for irrigation.
Malaysia’s drug addicts to be rehabilitated instead of imprisoned
The country known for its strict drug abuse laws will no longer imprison addicts but facilitate their reintegration into society through rehabilitation.
Free Malaysia Today
Female rangers invite people to prevent poaching via livestream in South Africa
The Black Mambas challenge gender stereotypes and invite people all over the world to see South Africa’s Kruger National Park – and to identify illegal poachers via livestream.
Cooled down greenhouses foster self-sufficient farming in Somaliland
Seawater Greenhouse uses the wind, sea and a fishnet-like technique to reduce the need for freshwater whilst improving the harvest in the otherwise arid region.
Bangladesh appoints its first transgender anchorwoman
In the conservative country where trans people face widespread discrimination, Tashnuva Anan hopes to foster a change in perception.
Thomson Reuters News Foundation
Students in Philadelphia invited to practise mindfulness through meditation
Local nonprofit Inner Strength Foundation offers mindfulness and meditation courses which are now integrated into the curricula of Philadelphia’s schools to help students cope with the daily hazards of High School.
The Philadelphia Citizen
Solar-powered lamp desalinates water in Chile’s shanty towns
Henry Glogau’s invention makes use of the abundant power of the sun and sea, providing light and fresh drinking water.
Good News Network
Philippines prepares for natural disasters using a geospatial app
The country prone to natural disasters developed apps for local government and NGOs to continuously develop the ideal disaster response system.
World’s longest hiking trail to be made more accessible for people with disabilities
The Canadian Paralympic Committee and AccesNow joined forces to improve the accessibility of the The Great Trail by highlighting its barrier-free segments.
Architect, author and artist designs recycled houses for the homeless
Kyohei Sakaguchi writes self-help books, runs a suicide helpline, anddesigns zero-yen houses for the homeless whilst addressing social and systemic issues.
The New York Times
Mother-son violence prevention scheme trains young boys to value and respect others
Young boys are receiving guidance from male psychologists in Australia’s first domestic violence prevention programme for adolescent males.