In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about the US first government-approved drug injection sites in New York City, how community committees provide flood prevention initiatives in the Netherlands, and Josephine Baker becoming the first Black woman to be buried in the pantheon.
First supervised consumption site for illegal drugs in US
New York City now has the first government-approved drug consumption sites for illegal drugs offering addiction treatment and other health care measures to prevent overdoses and other diseases.
New Zealand to enshrine protections for pill testing in ‘world first’
Advocates say the law, which will come into force next week, is the first to take drug checking out of a legal grey zone and protect the practice.
Medieval community flood monitoring in the Netherlands
As European states are increasingly hit by flooding, a medieval approach of involving communities in the supervision of tax payers money to prevent floods is being replicated worldwide.
Honduras is en route to elect its first female president
As the ruling party conceded defeat, Xiomara Castro’s Libre Party will appoint her to be Honduras first female president, also succeeding her husband who ruled the country from 2006 to 2009.
Joesphine Baker receives French Pantheon induction as first Black woman
The civil rights activist and entertainer was inducted into the French Pantheon on Thursday, receiving the country’s highest honor amongst the nation’s heroes.
‘Wood wide web’ of world’s underground funghi to be mapped
450 quadrillion kilometers of funghi stretch below the world’s surface and harness carbon emissions. The Society for the Protection of Underground Networks will be the first to map the world’s fungal network.
Migrants trained to document journeys to foster conversation on migration
Migrants as Messengers uses peer-to-peer messaging by training volunteers in terms of theatre, journalism, photography and video production to change the narrative on migration.
All-female team protects biodiversity in India’s Western Ghats
Women from local villages in Kerala teamed up with botanists to preserve and replant the unique flora in order to create a sanctuary for plants.
See-through pyramid provides hot water in low-income countries
The easily buildable black collector absorbs the sun and provides up to 75 liters per day, enough for a two person household.
Inmates provide vocational training to peers to reduce recidivism in US
The North Idaho Correctional Institution provides programmes to train inmates for real-world jobs, including managing complex CNC wood-cutting machines.