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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about Australia ruling to hand back the Aboriginal people formal ownership of tropical rainforest, the UK government’s plans to plant a 50 million-tree forest in northern England, and the rise of community-based organisations that aid independent living for older adults in Philadelphia.
World Heritage rainforest handed back to Aboriginal owners
In a watershed moment, the Queensland government has announced the return of Australia’s Daintree – the world’s oldest tropical rainforest – to its original owners, the Aboriginal people.
Funding has been secured to create a 50 million-tree forest in northern England
The government has provided funds to create a leafy corridor between Liverpool, Manchester and Hull to increase the woodland cover in the areas.
Source: Positive News
Scotland becomes the world’s first country to add LGBT+ history to school curriculum
Educators will have access to a website offering an e-learning course on teaching topics related to the LGBT+ community, as well as lesson plans and educational support materials.
Scientists develop refrigeration-free insulin
A group of researchers from leading chemical institutes in India have developed a thermostable variety of insulin that can be stored at a temperature of 65 degrees Celsius.
Source: Economic Times
Uber to pay pensions to all its UK drivers, backdated to 2017
The ride hailing company calls on rival operators to create a cross-industry pension scheme, benefitting drivers who worked across several apps.
Source: The Guardian
Mumbai-based inventor turns pollution particles into building materials
Angad Daryani has designed an outdoor purification system that removes particle matter and other pollutants from the air, with the captured carbon used to make handcrafted decorative floor tiles.
Manta rays inspire new filtering device for ocean microplastics
Scientists in the US have designed a filtration system that captures tiny fragments of microplastic, which traditional wastewater plants fail to capture.
Fully biodegradable jeans could turn the tide of the fashion industry
In an industry that is one of the most environmentally taxing, a family-owned Italian denim manufacturer has developed a new type of material that appears to be completely compostable.
Source: Reasons to be cheerful
Water sharing in rural New Mexico helps communities address ongoing drought
As a community-driven approach to water management, acequias, hand-dug and gravity-fed trenches, prove to be a solution to water shortage problems for farmers in the state.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
Growing community-based organisations help older adults live independently
From setting up a new computer to finding a ride to an appointment, Penn’s Village in Philadelphia has proved to be a reliable support system for older adults who wish to live life on their own terms.
Source: Yes! Magazine