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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re looking at the biggest pro-democracy protests in Russia for decades, Indigenous leaders filing a claim in the International Criminal Court accusing the Brazilian president of crimes against humanity, and Germany’s new bill to prohibit the mass slaughter of male chicks from 2022.
Tens of thousands take to the streets of Russia for pro-democracy protests
Demonstrations were held over the weekend in hundreds of towns and cities, with protestors rallying in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Source: BBC News
Brazilian Indigenous chiefs sue Bolsonaro for unprecedented environmental damage
The actions of Chief Raoni Metuktire and Chief Almir Narayamoga Surui result in a groundbreaking moment for the protection of Indigenous lands against deforestation, mining, and oil extraction.
Source: France 24
Germany is to ban “chick shredding” from 2022
In a global first, the mass slaughter of day-old male chicks will be prohibited, with farmers required to use technology to determine the sex of the animal before it hatches.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Egypt toughens its laws surrounding female genital mutilation
As part of efforts to stamp out the practice, jail terms of up to 20 years will be introduced for perpetrators.
Source: Thomson Reuters News Foundation
A pregnancy test for women with sight loss has been developed
When used, bumps appear on one side of the test – with a second set appearing on the other side if the result is positive.
Source: Sky News
Electric vehicles close to “tipping point” of mass adoption
Sales increase 43% globally in 2020 as plunging battery costs mean the cars will soon be the cheapest vehicles to buy.
Source: The Guardian
Unwanted Christmas trees are helping to rebuild storm-ravaged sand dunes in Texas
The trees are saved from landfill by reusing them to construct new dune barriers, tackling coastal erosion in a very green way.
New model aims to make climate change predictions as accurate as weather forecasts
Armed with more accurate predictions, climate forecasters can present this data to local policymakers and city planners, helping communities adapt in advance.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor
The city of Edmonton is building in rather than out to protect green spaces
Instead of expanding the city to cover new land, officials are making better use of currently underutilised spaces.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful
An “Exercises In Empathy” course amongst prisoners is promoting social change
By reading relevant literature as part of a book club, inmates at Soledad State Prison in California are banding together to support those in need of help.
River restoration causes ancient fish to return to Delaware
The removal of a dam and implementation of the Clean Water Act has resulted in a flurry of shad returning to Brandywine Creek.