Top US spots for Black life quality, compostable clothing, ‘first gay imam’

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Takeaways from areas where black people live to be nearly 100 years old

A team of researchers are making more room for positive perspectives. They mapped out areas where Black American residents enjoy a high life expectancy and examined the factors contributing to the positive outcome.

Source: Word in Black

Composting clothes as way out of further environmental damage

The fashion industry accounts for 10% of annual global carbon emissions and the figure is expected to shoot up to 50% by 2030, says UNEP. Some clothing brands now use materials that consumers may compost in their own backyards.

Source: Nexus Media News

‘I’m hoping there will be more queer imams’

Muhsin Hendricks, the ‘world’s first gay imam’ wants to help LGBTQ+ Muslims in South Africa reconcile their sexuality with their faith.

Source: The Guardian

Denver’s popular rebate program made more residents hop on e-bikes

Denver tackles car use, a major source of air pollution, by offering a rebate program. As it turned out a hit, this initiative could help the city meet its goal of net zero emissions by 2040.

Source: Fast Company

Companies offer incentives to employees who use green transportation

Firms are encouraging workers to ditch cars when commuting to work. According to Deloitte, there is a growing pressure from stakeholders, including employees, to take action on climate change.

Source: Reasons to be Cheerful

Operation Soteria: a new approach to investigating rape

What can be done to improve rape conviction rates in Britain? Alexandra Topping reports on the police forces trialling a way of investigating rape and sexual assault cases.

Source: The Guardian

Scandinavian prison system models worth adopting

The abysmal condition of prison facilities affects both the incarcerated people and officers in charge. Outside of Philadelphia, a correctional institution is applying lessons learned from Scandinavian counterparts.

Source: The Conversation

World’s largest ocean reserve off Hawaii has spillover benefits nearby, study finds

Yellowfin and bigeye tuna catches rise outside 1.5m sq km marine protected area, proving value of no-catch zone, researchers say. The data could reinforce a global ambition to safeguard 30% of the oceans by 2030.

Source: The Guardian

Amidst dangers of Taliban rule, these Afghans champion women’s education

After horrific incidents have made the reality of their situation painfully evident, these locals are doing what they can to push back and build a stable education platform for women and girls in Afghanistan.

Source: The New Humanitarian

First wild bison born in UK for millennia after surprise pregnancy

A rewilding project in England’s Kent County welcomed a baby bison in a win for wild habitat restoration that could serve as a blueprint for other organizations.

Source: The Guardian

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