In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about cloning the world’s most historic trees to reforest the earth, the COP26 Glasgow climate pact with the goal to limit global warming to 1.5C and an American exchange programme connecting high schoolers from diverse backgrounds.
Cloning ancient trees to combat climate change
The Archangel ancient tree archive studies the genetics of old giant sequoias and redwoods before cloning them and replanting those most resistant to climate change.
COP26 ends in climate agreement despite India watering down coal resolution
Glasgow climate pact to limit heating to 1.5C adopted despite last-minute intervention by India to water down language on phasing out the dirtiest fossil fuel.
A single injection reverses paralysis in mice
The treatment utilises “dancing molecules”, which when injected into the mouse body, enhance communication between cells and help to regenerate tissue in the injured spinal cord.
Solar-powered mobile home built by Dutch students
22 Dutch students built Stella Vita, a zero-emissions vehicle powered entirely by solar panels on its roof and drove 1,800 miles with this self-sustaining house on wheels.
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Startup plans to remodel old planes into electric ones by 2026
Wright Electrics plans to reconstruct existing planes into electric ones, speeding up the certification process to start flying zero emissions aircraft faster.
Cyclists monitor air pollution with handlebar mounted device
The device monitors pollution levels and transmits data to a global air quality map which can be accessed by cyclists planning their route.
LA public transport can detect early earthquake signs
Originally based on a smartphone app, the ShakeAlert technology will be deployed for bus and train facilities in LA to alert people of incoming earthquakes and provide an opportunity to mitigate serious damage.
A solar garden: cultivating food and solar energy
Jack’s solar garden, a Colorado-based farm, has installed solar panels above their growing crops, simultaneously growing food and generating green power.
Giant sponge cities to manage floods
Yu Kongjian is pioneering ancient Chinese farming traditions by designing cities to behave like giant sponges, which are able to soak up rainfall and adapt to flooding.
Community-led upgrade to a Nairobi slum could be a model for Africa
Mukuru, one of Kenya’s largest informal settlements, has cleaned up its act with improved water, roads and sanitation.
US exchange programme connects teenagers across state-lines
A pilot exchange programme sends students to regions in America that contrast geographically and demographically to their hometown, hoping to unite a divided country.