In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about an online game that addresses world issues, massive reforestation plans in China, and how a law professor is turning the lives of slum children through education.
The online game that helps imagine many possible futures
Survive the Century, a new online game, is designed to enable players to create or destroy a promising future based on the decisions they make.
China scales up tree plantation
In a bid to combat climate change and increase its overall forest coverage, China plans to plant 36,000 square kilometres of trees annually during the next five years.
Law professor helps to change lives of slum children
Dr. Lalita Sharma from Indore, who runs ‘Abha Kunj’, educates around 500 children from the ghettos annually.
The Better India
Dubai is transplanting and growing salt-loving superfoods
In an effort to achieve food security in a country with limited freshwater, the ICBA has introduced non-traditional crops such as quinoa to desert farming.
National Trust to give staff siestas in summer
Staff and volunteers in the south of England to get more Mediterranean hours because of climate change.
Clean energy from road traffic in Istanbul
Wind turbines, known as ENLIL, harness air currents created by moving vehicles to produce energy as well as track the temperature, humidity, carbon footprint and earthquake activity of the surrounding area.
Wood alternative from kombucha brewing waste
Made from Kombucha cellulose, Pyrus, the winner of this year’s national James Dyson Award, imitates rare wood.
Silk weaving and agroforestry help sustain ecology in Assam
Under a new initiative, families across the northeastern state of India are weaving and restoring forests to boost their incomes.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Farmers in Burkina Faso grow crops without soil
In a continent with harsh climatic conditions, Africa sees a growing popularity of hydroponic farming, that uses minimal water and organic materials like clay balls and coconut fiber.
New Asian American bakeries sell bicultural confectionery
The concoction of European and American pastries with traditional Asian ingredients dispel culinary misconceptions while educating patrons.
All-women’s Islamic choir breaks gender taboos in Egypt
The members of Al Hur, Egypt’s first all-female Muslim recitation choir, are challenging deep-rooted taboos about women singing in public.