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In today’s Squirrel News edition, we explore Canada’s $10/day childcare system, the eco-friendly makeover of school buses in Baltimore as part of a nationwide movement, and innovative approaches to building public parks, even with limited budgets.
Amidst America’s childcare crisis, Canada’s ‘$10 a Day’ system offers blueprint
Canada’s national child care system, fueled by innovative funding and local autonomy, provides a roadmap for affordable, accessible child care and empowers families nationwide.
Source: The Hechinger Report
Baltimore’s school buses go electric
Baltimore is set to launch a groundbreaking pilot programme featuring 25 electric school buses, turning the wheels toward cleaner air, quieter streets, and a brighter future for students.
How cities can redefine urban green spaces on a tight budget
Amidst rising urban green space costs, cities like Hayward, California, have cracked the code to create stunning public parks without breaking the bank.
Dense micro-forests are taking roots in France
In Paris, a reforestation approach is transforming concrete spaces into thriving, self-sufficient forests, addressing urban issues from heat reduction to promoting greater biodiversity.
Source: Reasons to be Cheerful
Denver’s $1,000/month experiment cut homelessness, study shows
A social experiment in Denver provided direct cash assistance to hundreds of residents. The results, though preliminary, show reduced homelessness, improved mental health, and increased access to stable living conditions.
Source: Business Insider
Feeding seaweed to cows reduces methane emissions, report reveals
A Swedish report highlights the potential of cow feed additives like seaweed and the chemical 3-nitrooxypropanol (3-NOP) to significantly reduce methane emissions from cattle.
Source: The Guardian
Wind-powered ships chart a cleaner future for global shipping
The global shipping industry is accountable for roughly 3% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. But more and more ships are harnessing wind power to navigate waters.
Source: The New York Times
Colorado programme offers mental health support for farmers, ranchers
In Colorado, farmers and ranchers face a mental health crisis often shrouded in stigma. The Coffee Break Project, a unique initiative, provides a promising solution to the mental health challenges of this resilient yet underserved community.
Source: The Colorado Sun
Tallinn’s urban mobility transformation is a blueprint for sustainable transport
Cars, once synonymous with status in the post-Soviet era, are yielding ground to the rising popularity of bikes, buses, and trams, thanks to Tallinn’s commitment to sustainable and accessible mobility.
Grassroots initiative shows how to coexist with the forest giants
In a village in Indonesia, human-elephant conflicts were endangering both locals and Sumatran elephants. However, a decade-long effort led by villagers has turned this community into a model for peaceful coexistence.