In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re looking at a successful decades-long campaign to rehabilitate coastal waters using replanted seagrass, an initiative to rebuild Beirut in an eco-friendly way one year after the infamous blast that hit the city, and how a microclimate bubble is providing Polish children with a pollution-free space to play.
Replanted seagrass projects are reviving healthy ocean ecosystems
After two decades of the world’s largest seagrass restoration project, Virginia’s coastal waters are once again teeming with marine life.
Source: Yes! Magazine
Explosion debris upcycled for a sustainable effort at restoration in Beirut
The Rubble to Mountains project is helping to reuse demolition waste stemming from last year’s infamous port explosion in Beirut in a responsible and eco-friendly way.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful
Poland’s microclimate bubble doubles as children’s playground
The experimental ‘AirBubble’ playground uses algae to filter and clean the surrounding air, keeping users safe from air pollution.
Charging electric vehicles: Indiana to put roads to test
Indiana gears up to test out new high-tech roads that could charge electric vehicles that drive down them.
Paraguay’s small-scale farmers see a new future in yerba mate tea
A resurgence in the traditional drink is offering rural communities independence and a sustainable alternative to industrial soy and cattle farming.
Source: The Guardian
The “sightsaver” helping to eliminate a blinding disease across Africa and Asia
Dr. Agatha Aboe’s successful efforts to eliminate trachoma in Ghana will hopefully be replicated in other countries, involving infection prevention education and community outreach.
Source: Global Citizen
LGBT+ athletes breaking glass ceilings with sports endorsements
Non-heteronormative athletes are seeing a promising future in the lucrative sponsorship market in comparison to two decades ago, signalling a cultural shift in LGBT+ acceptance.
Source: NBC News
Preserving Costa Rica’s marine life with dogs and drones
Captain Pete Bethune and his team are undertaking missions to gather concrete evidence of illegal fishing through the use of drones, dogs and cameras.
Philadelphia residents organise grassroots initiative to tackle street waste
Philadelphia resident Matthew George’s ‘I Love Thy Hood’ campaign lets local residents take responsibility for curbing the problem of littering into their own hands – using distinctive orange trash cans.
Source: Next City
Buy a train ticket, plant a tree
In an effort to contribute to the Go Green movement, a train ticketing startup in the UK is pledging to plant a tree every time someone books a journey through its app or website.