Three-month paid leave, millions of trees to protect salmon, free bus travel for under-22s in Scotland
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, a digital bank offers three months of paid leave on top of flexible work arrangements, millions of trees are supposed to save wild salmon from global warming, and Scotland expands its free bus travel scheme to reduce car use.
Monzo allows employees to take three-month paid leave
Digital bank Monzo will allow its staff to take three months of paid leave as part of a growing trend amongst businesses to make their working practices more flexible in a post-Covid world.
Scotland to plant millions of trees to save wild salmon from heat stress
Scotland is on a mission to save its wild salmon population affected by rising temperatures.The River Dee Board and Trust and fisheries are planting millions of trees along rivers to provide a cooling effect for the species.
Scotland offers free bus travel to under-22s to lower car use
Scotland just implemented a scheme to encourage the use of public transport instead of cars. The green move will bring the number of people eligible for free bus travel to 2.3 million.
Egypt gives greenlight to massive waste-to-hydrogen plant
Egypt is well on its way to achieving green energy ambitions. A new massive hydrogen hub will process four million tonnes of organic waste and non-recyclable plastic every year. That will result in 300,000 tonnes of green hydrogen annually.
Scientists developing single test to detect risk of four cancers in women
Experts may be able to predict the risk of developing ovarian, breast, womb and cervical cancers using cells from a routine smear test.
Lowest level ever: UK sees drop in CO2 emissions of new cars
Electric vehicles push CO2 emissions down in the UK. The country saw its lowest emission level ever, according to new data. Sales of electric cars are expected to further rise this year.
South Africa creates own version of Moderna dose to boost vaccination rates
Over a year since the rollout of Covid vaccines the uptake in South Africa remains low. Now scientists look to increase vaccination rates by creating a copy of the Moderna dose.
‘We need politicians and experts’: how Chile is putting the climate crisis first
President-elect of Chile, Gabriel Boric, brings a renowned climate scientist, Maisa Rojas, into government as parts of the country’s plans for a greener future. Rojas says there’s a huge potential for Chile to become a leader in combatting climate change.
Indigenous women at the forefront in fight versus climate change
Indigenous skills meet science in an initiative that seeks to protect coral reefs. A group of women from Melanesia is empowering locals by equipping them with skills in marine science. This allows local women to help monitor endangered reefs.
A delivery app by migrants for migrants
A delivery app in Ecuador emerges as employment remains elusive to Venezuelan migrants. The tech startup serves as a social enterprise to bring migrants together.
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