First US neighborhood microgrid, solar panels above irrigation canals, nations take action to save oceans
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Today in Squirrel News we take a look at the first US neighborhood microgrid which could be a potential model for communities, the benefits of installing solar panels above irrigation canals, and a unified move by more than 100 nations to save oceans.
First US neighborhood microgrid to provide back-up power to Black neighborhood
The project is set to become the country’s first neighborhood-scale microgrid. Deemed as a potential model for communities, it will enable residents and hospitals to access power during outages.
Source: Canary Media
Trial scheme will pay householders to delay electricity use
Under a new scheme to help reduce energy bills and create a zero carbon power supply system, thousands of homes could soon be paid to halve their electricity usage for a couple of hours daily when the UK’s power demand is high.
Source: The Guardian
More than 100 nations take action to save oceans from human harm
Representatives from more than 100 countries have committed to measures aimed at preserving the ocean from human harm, including stepping up the fight against illegal fishing, cutting plastic pollution and better protecting international waters.
Source: The Guardian
Startup to build seaweed plant to cut emissions from cattle
A Swedish startup is taking its next step after a trial showed that feeding cows with seaweed reduces methane emissions by the animals by over 80%. The venture plans to sustainably grow seaweed supplements in a full-scale factory powered by renewable energy.
Source: Bloomberg Quint
California begins covering irrigation canals with solar panels
The solar panels will save billions of gallons of water every year and generate a massive amount of solar energy in Central California, according to a study.
Scientists use human heart cells to power robotic fish
Harvard University researchers are building a heart from scratch. Their goal is to help save kids by replacing a malformed heart with an artificial one.
Source: The Independent
UN to transform Gaza Valley from sewage dump to nature reserve
The badly polluted Gaza Valley is getting a facelift thanks to a United Nations project. The organization is aiming to turn the area into a vibrant nature reserve. Economic centres will also be put up to create more jobs.
Australian firm recycles old batteries into fertiliser
An Australian company is producing food for crops out of alkaline batteries using a new method which takes micro-nutrients like Zinc. This enables plants to produce chlorophyll which is essential in creating their own food.
Innovative program links Chicago Teens to Therapy, Mentors
The ‘Choose to Change’ program expands its service with the help of Chicago Public Schools (CPS). CPS is investing $7.5 million to give more youth access to trauma-informed therapy and mentorship.
Source: Next City
Expo 2020: The Netherlands pavilion generates own water to grow food
The innovation featured at the Expo 2020 in Dubai brings together energy, water and food. The creators built a system to harvest energy from the sun and water out of air.