New Zealand bans tobacco, ‘green banks’ go national in U.S., leather created from cactus and orange peels
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, New Zealand enacts a near-total ban on tobacco products, climate-friendly infastructure is seeing more success through ‘green bank’ funding in the U.S., and two young entrepreneurs in India create leather alternatives from biowaste.
New Zealand bans cigarettes for generations to come
The country will start phasing out tobacco sales in 2023, aiming to protect future generations from the harmful effects of smoking.
Climate action-focused banks support environmental efforts into reality
The U.S. Inflation Reduction Act has ushered in a model for more climate-friendly infrastructure projects being successfully funded, through ‘green banks’.
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Scientists succeed in nuclear fusion breakthrough
Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have achieved a net-positive energy output from a nuclear fusion reaction, the first time in human history.
International Energy Agency’s forecast for renewable energy grows by 76%
Following the biggest revision in its history two years ago, the IEA has a renewable energy forecast of 76%.
Small wind farms poised to help reduce strain of energy crisis in Britain
As the energy crisis rages on, the onshore wind farm ban in Britain is facing calls to lift it and allow tiny wind farms to be created.
EU moves closer to climate-protection import tax
The proposed tax focuses on imports from third countries who do not comply with EU climate protection laws, and the EU came closer to passing it on Tuesday.
Zero-waste coffee balls created to address single-use coffee waste
A new system for single-serve coffee uses coffee balls as an alternative that produces no waste.
Friends transform biowaste into leather alternatives
These two college friends left their jobs to develop a sustainable venture that creates alternative leather from biowaste such as orange peels and coconuts.
The Better India
New York-based organisation teaching people what manhood can entail
After redefining masculinity for himself, Joe Horan started the programme Building Men to teach students what the concept may mean and look like beyond the traditional.
The Christian Science Monitor
Colombian ex-FARC soldiers looking to rebuild peacefully through agriculture
After years of fighting and horror, these ex-FARC soldiers are working to change the future of their regions through developing them socially, peacefully.
The New Humanitarian