Manchester viaduct becomes urban oasis, Kenya’s solar panel boom, Mr. Trash Wheel cleans up Baltimore
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about Manchester’s plan to transform a disused Victorian viaduct into a public green space, a huge increase in affordable and effective solar panel solutions in Kenya, and a googly-eyed contraption cleaning up Baltimore’s waterways.
Manchester launches plan for a New York-style High Line
Following the example set by other major cities, Manchester will transform a disused coal viaduct into an urban oasis for the public to enjoy.
Source: Positive News
Solar power is experiencing a boom in Kenya
A huge increase in the number of low-cost, off-grid solar power solutions – such as panels and charging stations – suggests that the African country is embracing green energy.
Source: Deutsche Welle
European Parliament supports ban on caged animal farming
Animals rights activists are celebrating after that European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour to end the practice.
UK sets out to ban elephant captivity in zoos are safari parks
The Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill – which has received strong support and is expected to pass later this year – seeks to protect captive animals from unnatural treatment.
Cities in the US are trailblazing transit services into the wilderness
Transit planners are improving city-countryside connections as an increasing number of city residents look to spend time in nature.
Source: Next City
Guinea declares Ebola outbreak over
Health authorities were able to swiftly contain the resurgence of the virus using lessons learned during the 2014-16 outbreak, preventing the virus from spreading across borders.
Source: The Inkline
Vinyl record manufacturers are going green
With sales of vinyl records increasing by 30% in 2020 alone, the music industry is looking to more sustainable production methods.
Source: BBC News
Football coach gives refugees hope in Lesbos
Sports scientist Evangelos Spanos founded Cosmos F.C., with the intention of providing a support network for the island’s growing refugee community.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Les Hijabeuses: the female footballers tackling France’s on-pitch hijab ban
Young female players excluded from matches because of their religious dress are finding a way to play on and encourage other hijab-wearing women into the sport.
Source: The Guardian
Mr. Trash Wheel is gobbling up litter in Baltimore’s waterways
The interceptor helps to stop rubbish as it floats down waterways, helping to clean up the city’s waterfront and gaining thousands of Twitter followers in the process.