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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re looking at an underground device creating energy from people’s movement in Freetown, an ATM dispensing bioethanol for sustainable cooking stoves in Kenya, and the saker falcon being bred and safely tattooed in order to drive away poachers in Bulgaria.
Underground device illuminates Sierra Leone’s streets
Jeremiah Thoronka’s device creates kinetic energy through the people walking the streets. The pilot project has energised 150 households and 15 schools whilst improving safety in the areas and reducing deforestation.
Clean bioethanol is being dispensed from ATMs in Kenya
“Koko points” dispense affordable, smokeless bioethanol, which causes less pollution and provides power for an entire lunch for only 25 cents, replacing carbon-heavy charcoal as the fuel of choice.
Training for police officers reduces juvenile detention rates in US
The programme initiated in Tippecanoe County teaches police officers how to safely deal with juvenile offenders whilst offering anger management and mental health care.
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The scheme getting Kenya’s girls back to school
In rural Isiolo county, more than 7,000 girls have dropped out or never been to school. Now, over a thousand girls, many of them young mothers, are catching up in the classroom.
First affordable Hepatitis C drug developed in Malaysia
The Malaysian government partnered with non-profit Drugs for Neglected Diseases to develop ravidasvir, targeted at low-income, marginalised communities to combat the disease.
11,000 electric charging stations to be installed in Brussels by 2035
The Belgian capital aims to significantly increase its electromobility following the guidelines of the European Commission to ban the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2035.
US states buy hotels to provide housing for victims of wildfires
California and Oregon are buying hotels to provide affordable housing to low-income households hit by wildfires.
Firefighters use AI and geotechnology to predict and prevent wildfires in US
Computer modelling is helping Californian firefighters to position bulldozers, shovels and fire engines early in order to prevent regional fires from spreading.
Prison gardens help inmates prepare for future employment in US
The sustainable gardening programme “Lettuce Grow” not only provides healthy nutrition and job opportunities to inmates, but has also lowered the participant recidivism rate to 4%.
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Breeding success: how tattoos and aviaries are helping save the saker falcon
In Bulgaria and southern Siberia, conservationists are finding innovative ways to halt decades of decline for the endangered species.