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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, the UN outlines a path to end AIDS by 2030, free financial counseling transforms lives in Tulsa, and a farm in Portugal reimagines sustainable farming practices.
UN: ‘end to AIDS’ possible by 2030
Despite nearly 40 million people worldwide living with HIV, the United Nations is confident there is a path to the end of AIDS by 2030. The agency calls for global political commitment to prevention and non-discriminatory legislation.
Texas tackles record heatwaves with innovative cooling solutions
As Texas grapples with record-breaking temperatures, cities are proactively combating the heat through urban cooling strategies, including green roofs, cool pavement coating, and air conditioning for the vulnerable.
Free financial counseling transforming lives in Tulsa
The Financial Empowerment Center in Tulsa offers free counseling, helping residents navigate money management complexities and achieve their financial goals.
Source: Reasons to be Cheerful
Peer respite programmes: a novel approach to mental health crises
For individuals who face recurrent mental health crises, peer respite programs such as Rhonda’s House provide a compassionate alternative to traditional facilities by offering a homelike environment.
Source: KFF Health News
California’s high-speed train to run on 100% renewable energy
Despite extensive delays and increasing costs, California’s High-Speed Rail project presents a breakthrough in transportation – the first train system to be entirely powered by solar energy.
Used furniture donations boost Bristol school budget
Four Acres Academy saves on budget and reduces carbon emissions through used office furniture donations, redirecting funds towards student facilities.
Nonprofit groups in Nigeria help combat cataract-induced blindness
Amidst the widespread cataract-induced blindness plaguing Kano, Nigeria, nonprofit organizations are stepping in to offer free surgeries.
Source: Nigeria Info Lagos
Closing Philly’s digital divide through free Wi-Fi network
Philly Community Wireless aims to bridge the digital divide in Philadelphia with its community-owned Wi-Fi mesh network focusing on areas of high inequality.
Source: Kensington Voice
A 15 minute city for friendship
Amid the escalating loneliness epidemic, urban planners propose the ’15-minute city’ model that ensures all essentials, including friends, are within a small, easily reachable radius.
Reimagining farm life: Trees retire and pigs take maternity leave
At a farm Portugal, a unique blend of ancient Montado system and regenerative grazing allows trees to ‘retire’ and pigs to take maternity leave, paving the way for sustainable and ethical farming practices.