Climate litigation on the rise, Botswana’s Elephant Express, carbon-negative methane

Today in Squirrel news, more and more climate change victims are turning to courts to seek restitution, Botswana uses buses to keep the peace between humans and its elephant population, and a UK company develops a method to remove carbon from bio-methane.

Across the globe, those harmed by climate change turn to courts

Climate litigation is on the rise, as is the activism that goes along with – which some experts say can be just as important

Source: Ensia

Indigenous community wins decades-long battle to safeguard land

An Indigenous community in Ecuador has finally obtained national protections for part of its territory after decades of fighting off deforestation and pollution in its mega-diverse rainforests.

Source: The Planetary Press

Buses for peacebuilding between elephants and humans in Botswana

Competition over space and natural resources has been the cause of conflict between humans and elephants in eastern Botswana. Now, a bus service helps locals commute without disturbing the savanna animals, greatly reducing the risk to human lives in the process.

Source: BBC

A new method to decarbonise bio-methane from human waste

Modern water processing produces large quantities of biogas, that have a variety of industrial uses. Now, a UK-based company has developed a way to turn these gases into carbon-negative hydrogen.

Source: TechCrunch

European countries’ methods to tackle historical water shortages

Amidst the constant heatwaves and increasing yearly temperatures, European countries have been tackling the never-before-seen droughts through various measures.

Source: Euronews

To minimise flood and drought damage, we need to understand water’s needs

Epic flooding has killed hundreds of people across the world in the last year. Intense droughts are parching landscapes and wilting crops. As these water extremes hit more people where they live, we must understand it.

Source: Ensia

PFAS chemicals appearing in tap water, and how to get them out

Removing ‘forever chemicals, scientists are working hard to better understand per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances – or PFAS – and develop technologies to minimize harm from these extraordinarily durable pollutants.

Source: Ensia

Are dams actually green?

Hydropower and the dams that generate it are often classified as sustainable, together with solar and wind power. Yet their negative environmental impact is often overlooked. This podcast offers some insight into possible solutions and innovations for the future.

Source: Mongabay India

U.S. babywear company designs dissolvable baby shoes

Woolybubs, an American footwear company, has created infant shoes that can be broken down in boiling water once the wearer no longer uses them, in an effort to provide more environmentally-conscious products.

Source: Dezeen

Ambulances for plants, meet India’s ecological emergency service

An ambulance speeds through the streets, but it does’t have blue lights or any kind of siren. And instead of medical equipment, it is stocked with gardening tools, fertilizers and ladders.

Source: The Planetary Press

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