Rewilding the seas, ex-inmates employed as probation officers, 250 million trees in India
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about conservation initiatives to breed and rewild the species of the oceans, former prisoners working as probation officers, and the people of Uttar Pradesh increasing the forest coverage to over 15% in 5 years.
Is it time to begin rewilding the seas?
From giant clams to zebra shark, marine biologists want to replace lost and vanishing species at sea but face unique obstacles – not least rampant overfishing.
Former inmates partially run probation system in US
The approach to involve communities and especially former inmates into crime prevention has reduced reconviction rates by a third and will be reproduced in 10 other cities.
People of Uttar Pradesh plant 250 million saplings in India
India’s most populous state saw millions of people assist in planting the saplings, pursuing its goal of 15% forest coverage in the next five years.
Indigenous woman to lead Chile’s new constitutional body
Elisa Loncon, an activist for the Mapuche rights and university professor, was elected to lead the delegates of the constitutional body in drafting the country’s new constitution.
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Pop-up ‘coronabikes’ test German love of order
Mobile Covid testing units offering results in 15 minutes are among a host of rapid tests that play a crucial role in keeping rates down.
European Commission drafts proposal to introduce kerosene tax for aviation
The EU-wide minimum tax would be part of the “Fit for 55”-climate package to reach its ambitious climate change targets. However, the proposal contains several exemptions and is far from being implemented.
French companies move towards reshoring production
In an attempt to heal its pandemic-ridden economy, more and more French companies bring back production into the country.
Sustainable vegan spider silk could replace single use plastics
The plant-based product mimics one of nature’s strongest materials by assembling plant proteins. It is entirely biodegradable and will be commercialised by Xampla, a company from the University of Cambridge.
Saiga antelope population more than doubles in less than two years
Thanks to local and international conservation initiatives, anti-poaching teams and satellite monitoring, the rare antelope’s numbers have risen from 334,000 to 842,000 in Kazakhstan.
Meet Little Amal, the puppet girl refugee about to walk 8,000km
Later this month, in one of the most ambitious live artworks ever staged, a giant puppet will trek from the Syria-Turkey border to Manchester, in a moving-theatre show of solidarity with asylum seekers.