Swedish agency to combat fake news, tequila fish saved from extinction, supermarket tackling domestic abuse
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News we look at a new government agency tackling disinformation in Sweden, an endangered Mexican fish that has been saved from extinction, and a Brazilian company protecting its female employees from domestic violence
New Swedish government agency to combat disinformation
The Swedish Psychological Defense Agency aims to defend open democratic society by identifying and responding to misleading information.
Efforts to save near-extinct Mexican tequila fish successful
The tiny tequila splitfin disappeared from the wild in 2003, but thanks to a joint effort between a British zoo and a university in Mexico there are now more than 10.000 individuals including 1500 in the wild.
Brazilian retailer’s hotline for employees saves them from abusive relationships
The largest Brazilian retailer set up the “Women’s Channel” hotline in 2017 and has sinced helped to extract nearly 700 female employees from abusive relationships.
Reasons to Be Cheerful
Milan’s “Hubs” prevent food waste and help families in need
The city enacted a food waste policy in 2015 including the Hubs – supermarkets stocked with local surplus food and donations that poor families can buy with a prepaid card.
Climate fund to help indigenous people protect world’s forests
The fund aims to connect donors with forest groups focused on curbing climate change and conserving biodiversity, and to provide the groups with technical and organisational support.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
‘Use the sniff test’: UK supermarket chain to scrap ‘use-by’ dates from milk packaging
Morrisons supermarket hopes to stop hundreds of millions of pints being wasted as charities call for other retailers to remove date labels from their products.
Innovative kite harnesses wind power, reducing sea shipping emissions
The ‘Seawing’ is a 1000sqm parafoil which could reduce fuel consumption and emissions from cargo ships by up to 40 per cent.
Cheap solar homes help lift people out of poverty in India and Philippines
An award-winning model of “plug-and-play” modular houses aims to empower and facilitate growth opportunities for people without homes in Southeast Asia.
How a drag TV show inspired LGBTQ+ Kenyans to find freedom
Inspired by the hit US show “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, a Nairobi group are using catwalk events to combat stigma and abuse against LGBT people.
Preaching truth to power: the São Paulo priest standing up to Bolsonaro
Priest Júlio Lancellotti is a relentless, outspoken champion of homeless people – a cause that makes him very unpopular with Brazil’s authorities.