Saving prairies by selling them, three leverage points for climate protection, Hawaii starts free preschools
Photo: Mary Hammel / Unsplash (CC0)
In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we have conservationists selling US grasslands to save them, three leverage points governments can use to fast-track decarbonisation and Hawaii’s plan to make preschool free for all 3-4-year-olds.
Conservationists preserve prairies by selling them – with a condition
Oregon ranchers are buying prairie grasslands from conservationists with the contractual agreement to never develop the land, leaving the ecosystem pristine and intact.
Source: Reasons to be cheerful
Three ‘super-leverage points’ to save the climate
A new report details three ways governments can speed up decarbonisation, including bans on internal combustion vehicle sales, the use of green ammonia and alternative sources of protein.
Hawaii makes preschool available for all pre-K children in the State
The island state plans to publicly fund preschool for an additional 9,200 children, in a bid to help all 3-4 year-olds have access to these programmes.
Source: The Associated Press
Finnish free period product pilot programme a success
A test-free period product programme, involving nearly 800 students, has been deemed a success in Helsinki. 6-9th graders, who got free products were less likely to skip class, the programme found.
A nasal study may lead to Covid-19-stopping products
Research from Stanford and UC-San Francisco may help pharmaceutical companies develop a nasal spray that can prevent Covid-19 and other SARS viruses.
World’s first hydrogen-electric plane has successful test flight
This 19-seater plane, developed by ZeroAvia, utilizes a hydrogen-electric engine, which is a carbon-zero fuel source. The company plans to develop a ‘true carbon zero’ plane by 2050.
Source: Fast Company
Airborne wind energy is finally ready for lift-off
After 15 years of trial-and-error conceptual development, airborne wind energy finally looks set to take its seat at the net-zero table.
Source: Energy Monitor
An Indian startup cleaning rivers and producing vegan leather
Every year, the Ganges river gets clogged with discarded flowers. Now a Kanpur-based startup called Phool is cleaning the river and recycling the flowers into vegan leather.
All-woman Somali news outlet helps spread stories of the marginalized
Bilan, Somalia’s first all-female news outlet is working to change the African countries media landscape, through stories on HIV and the effect of climate change on women.
Source: Christian Science Monitor
Reciprocal water agreement scheme protects Bolivia rainforests
A Bolivian programme that gives financial incentives to farmers who protect water-producing forests, has been found to help preserve 3.4 million hectares of rainforest. Now similar schemes are spreading to Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Mexico.