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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about landmark legislation preventing book bans in Illinois, a groundbreaking move to halt the creation of new coal-fired power plants in India, and a campaign in Colorado to keep incarcerated persons better connected to their families free of charge.
Illinois set to be the first US state to ban book bans
The landmark legislation is being hailed as “a triumph for our democracy”, representing a counter-movement to growing efforts to restrict books across the US.
Source: AP News
India amends power policy to prevent the creation of new coal plants
The removal of the key clause from the final draft of India’s National Electricity Policy marks a win for climate activists in the country.
Colorado lawmakers push to make prison phone calls free
With daily 15-minute phone calls adding up to a bill of $438 a year, many families can’t afford to speak with incarcerated loved ones – something this bill aims to change.
Source: Denver Post
A tiny Latino-majority city is the blueprint for energy independence
Residents of Chelsea, Massachusetts put actionable data into the hands of decision makers, resulting in the creation of a town microgrid and energy resilience.
Source: Next City
Platypus returns to Australia’s oldest national park for first time in 50 years
Thanks to a years-long conservation project, the species was reintroduced on Friday following its disappearance from the area over half a century ago.
British Vogue releases its first braille edition
The May issue of the publication has also been made available in audio format to increase access for blind and partially sighted people.
Source: The Guardian
New York passes law outlawing discrimination based on weight
The city joins a growing movement across the US aiming to make a person’s size a protected trait on par with gender and race.
Source: BBC News
Honey production sweetens snow leopard conservation in Kyrgyzstan
A new program by two snow leopard conservation NGOs is helping herders diversify away from livestock toward beekeeping, agroecology, ecotourism and handicrafts.
Empty department store gains new lease of life as a high school
When toxic materials were found in their building, students at Burlington High School needed a fast solution. The answer came in the form of a disused Macy’s store.
Source: BBC News
Chile’s firefighting goats are protecting native forests from blazes
The Buena Cabra project in the southern Chilean city of Santa Juana is employing the goats as part of a trial of sustainable methods of wildfire management.