Restoring and returning land to locals, virtual reality empathy machine, airport pig patrol
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about a 71-year-old conservationist performing “capitalist jiujitsu” for the planet, a machine which uses virtual reality to stop domestic abusers from reoffending, and a pig patrol helping keep Europe’s busiest airport safe.
Conservationist buys and protects millions of acres before returning it to locals
71-year-old Kristine Tompkins has so far spent over $345 million buying land across Chile and Argentina, restoring grasslands, forests, and waterways – in a move she calls “capitalist jiujitsu”.
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Virtual reality “empathy machine” aims to stop domestic abusers from reoffending
The machine helps harmdoers see situations from their victim’s perspective, using total immersion technology.
Climate tech startups raise record amount of funding in 2021
Environment-focused startups have raised over $32 billion so far this year, which is over five times the amount of funding received by the sector five years ago.
Black Americans and women are securing more seats on top company boards
Over the course of the last year, Black people made record-breaking gains by securing seats on boards of S&P 500 companies, with women also making huge strides.
Sales of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid cares soar in Europe
Demand for petrol and diesel vehicles has dropped, with almost one in five vehicles sold in the EU being an electric model.
The Ocean Cleanup project’s latest endeavour is ridding the sea of plastic
The firm’s latest system has collected a fresh batch of rubbish from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which will now be safely sorted and recycled.
Brussels is planting vegetable gardens on supermarket roofs
The Lagum Projects aims to determine whether or not urban gardens are as sustainable as they seem.
Austria’s Klimaticket lets you travel anywhere by train for €3
The initiative aims to boost the popularity of environmentally-friendly methods of transport, offering seamless travel across all modes of public transport.
An 11-year-old is on a mission to clean up the Seine River
Using magnets and grappling hooks, Raphael is fishing metal waste out of the famous Parisian river.
Irish baron turns 750-acre estate into an oasis of wild flora and fauna
Environmentalist, 21st Baron of Dunsany and death metal connoisseur Randal Plunkett has shunned pristine lawns and livestock in favour of rewilding his hereditary estate.
Pig patrol keeps Europe’s busiest airport safe
Pigs are working hard at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport by keeping geese away from farmland in between the runways.