Green spaces reduce urban crime, historic decline in poverty in India, wild horses return to eastern Spain

In today’s edition of Squirrel News, green spaces reduce crime in cities, poverty in India has declined drastically during the last 15 years, and lynx, wild horses, and vultures return to eastern Spain thanks to a recent rewilding project.

How green spaces in cities reduce crime and violence

It is well known that trees and green spaces have numerous positive effects. A new study now also shows that green spaces in cities lead to less crime.

Source: Indy Week

Historic change’: Number of poor people in India has decreased drastically

The number of poor people in India fell by about 415 million between 2005-06 and 2019-21. According to the UN, the ‘historic change” demonstrates that the Sustainable Development Goal target of reducing global poverty at least by half is achievable.

Source: The Economic Times

First women’s football league in Sierra Leone

The country’s first-ever professional women’s football team has launched its first game in Makeni, starting a season that will see twelve clubs participate.

Source: Africa News

A ‘game-changer’ for millions: Americans can now buy hearing aids over the counter

In the US, adults with mild to moderate hearing loss will be able to buy hearing aids over the counter for the first time. Until now, they had to get a doctor’s prescription and a custom fitting which cost at least $4,000 on average.

Source: CNN

Initiative in Colorado provides possibility of renters having stakes in their buildings

A new ballot initiative could see affordable housing renters in Colorado having equity from the buildings redirected back to them. The ground-breaking model has never been attempted at this scale before.

Source: Next City

Investment in wind and solar to outpace oil and gas drilling for the first time ever

According to an analyst, global investment in wind and solar energy is set to outpace oil and gas drilling for the first time this year. It’s a milestone in the worldwide transition to clean energy that comes in spite of the heavy energy crisis.

Source: Climate Wire

How Covid vaccine technology could help defeat cancer

Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci team behind one of the most successful Covid vaccines, yet they are barely known outside Germany. In an interview with the BBC, they explain how mRNA technology could be repurposed in order to attack cancer cells instead of invading coronaviruses.

Source: BBC

Op-Ed: Why guaranteed income is more important than just having money each month

A spate of guaranteed income programs across America are demonstrating their potential to improve the livelihoods of their communities beyond just a paycheck.

Source: Next City

Group of comics in India challenging the Caste system

In the face of harsh segregation and societal divides, these Indian stand-up comics are challenging the Caste system through their jokes.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Lynx, wild horses, and vultures return to eastern Spain in latest rewilding project

Rewilding Europe’s 10th project ‘has the potential to benefit both nature and people in one of the continent’s least populated areas.

Source: The Guardian

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