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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about how the US has succeeded in tackling its overfishing problem, Mongolia’s pledge to invest 1% of its GDP in tree planting, and the Japanese Typhoon Science and Technology Research Center’s attempts to store the energy of super typhoons.
Fish stocks in 43 US states have rebuilt themselves over the last two decades
The science-driven approach monitors existing fish stocks whilst allocating percentages to fishers, who then in turn profit from an increase in the overall availability of fish.
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Mongolia commits to planting one billion trees
The Mongolian government will allocate 1% of its GDP into measures tackling climate change, including the country’s desertification and land degradation.
Japanese research centre to utilise energy of super typhoons
The scientists are confident that their work won’t just mitigate the typhoon’s effects, but also use cooling measures in the eye of the storm to make harness its energy.
Reforms in US banking help marginalised communities access own bank accounts
With 17% of Black and 16% of hispanic households having no access to a regular bank account, the US Postal Service will now act as an intermediary to facilitate financial transactions.
OECD agrees on global minimum corporate tax rate
136 member states of the OECD passed a verdict announcing a 15% minimum tax rate for companies worldwide.
Google and YouTube to demonetise false climate change claims
As part of ongoing efforts to combat misinformation on the platforms, company officials stated that the monetisation of videos containing content on climate change denial is now prohibited.
India refurbishes ancient stepwells to tackle water crisis
Non-profit Gram Bharati Samiti set out to restore the formerly abandoned age-old landmarks to collect and store water for rural communities.
First digital and fully automated tram premieres in Hamburg
The tram designed by Deutsche Bahn and Siemens is to service all of Hamburg, whilst significantly increasing energy efficiency and reducing operating costs.
Female Egyptian band vocalises country’s struggle with misogyny
The duo ElBouma held workshops with women who suffered from trauma, and now raise awareness on child marriage and FGM through music.
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Computer games could improve mental health
Free computer game Apart of Me has been designed to help young people deal with grief, whilst Mind Light helps children cope with anxiety – and therapists have started recommending both.