Medellin becomes eco-city, mooncakes destigmatize mental health issues, London’s bicycle library
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about Medellin set to become Latin America’s first sustainable city, how the sale of mooncakes shows acceptance of mental health problems in China, and how a pop-up bicycle library in London gets more people pedalling.
Medellin reinvents itself as Latin America’s first eco-city
Previously considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world, the Colombian city has transformed itself into a model of urban planning and innovation.
How mooncakes help to destigmatize mental health problems in Shanghai
With the approaching Mid-Autumn Festival in China, a Shanghai mental health center’s fast-selling mooncakes change the public perception of mental health problems.
Reasons to be cheerful
London’s bicycle library helps overcome barriers to cycling
In one of London’s poorest boroughs, a cycle hub loans bicycles and provides advice to novice riders for free in an effort to encourage more people to cycle and create a sustainable neighbourhood.
This nightclub aims to harness energy from the dance floor
To mark the forthcoming climate summit, COP26, the arts venue and events company, SWG3 plans to harness energy from body heat to meet its energy requirements.
Innovative wooden flooring converts footsteps into electricity
Swiss scientists have developed a proof-of-concept ‘nanogenerator’ that generates electricity when walked upon.
World’s first fully electric, crewless ship to set sail in Norway
An autonomous, zero-emission cargo ship designed by a Norwegian company will set sail before the end of 2021.
Solar-powered fridge to the rescue of vaccine cold chain problems
The fridges powered by insolation can last for up to two weeks without electricity, even in sweltering external temperatures up to 43C.
Reasons to be cheerful
Children’s internet code for a safe cyberspace
The introduction of a new internet code in the UK is supposed to provide secure internet access to children.
Experimental coating helps seed survive in dry conditions
A seed coating made from biodegradable waste products could be a solution for seeds to survive and germinate in arid climate zones.
Digital farmers’ market supports healthy food culture
Open Food Network bridges the gap between farmers and consumers, while fostering a more cooperative way to buy and sell food.
A family’s way of giving back to the community
Lily’s Pad, a special playground for seriously ill children, is a tribute to the community that helped a family fight their daughter’s cancer.