In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re looking at rural communities setting up their own high-speed internet, the New Zealand parliament’s increasing Indigenous representation, and a steady rise in an almost extinct lynx population.
Rural cooperatives build broadband networks for their communities
Since broadband internet has become increasingly important for rural areas, co-operatives step up to provide high-speed internet to their communities.
New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern appoints country’s first female Māori foreign minister
New Zealand appointed its first Indigenous female foreign minister on Monday to represent what’s shaping up to be one of the most diverse parliaments in the world.
Iberian lynx claws its way back from brink of extinction
A 20-year project to reintroduce the species across the peninsula has seen their numbers rise to 855.
A publicly accessible bank will preserve hundreds of the most at-risk coral species
The Biobank is an ambitious scheme to house 800 corals in a purpose-built facility in Port Douglas.
An AI disaster map is able to map floods, fires and earthquakes in real-time
PetaBencana.id will help emergency workers and residents better respond to crises.
Thomson Reuters News Foundation
Arab women find tech jobs during pandemic
As the pandemic shifts work online, many women across the Middle East and North Africa are discovering new career opportunities.
Boulder’s severe weather sheltering programme is helping the homeless stay warm this winter
Colorado’s homelessness solutions strategy is finding ways to continue providing refuge despite the ongoing pandemic.
Men across Sub-Saharan Africa are acting as allies for women’s equality
Across the continent, over the course of the past 20 years, there has been an exciting expansion of creative, evidence-based approaches that engage men as part of the solution.
Creative community-based policies in Bhutan reveal the benefits of planted forests
An innovative community-based forest management policy has resolved a long-simmering land-use conflict between migratory yak herders and sedentary residents in a remote area of Bhutan.
The Planetary Press
US schools are moving students outdoors in order to combat the spread of COVID-19
The idea allows children to continue their education in a safe environment, whilst also engaging with nature.