In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about a safe haven for dolphins and whales that are released from captivity, a buddy system for homeless people via phone, and the christened US Navy ship named after the slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk.
First North American whale sanctuary en route to open in 2023
Subsequent to Canada passing the act to ban holding whales and dolphins in captivity, the sanctuary will provide a safe haven for the animals.
Support system via phone changes lives of homeless people in US
Miracle Friends brings together homeless people with housed volunteers. They can call or text their friend whenever in need, creating an atmosphere of trust as well as accountability.
Reasons to be cheerful
U.S. Navy names ship after assassinated gay rights activist Harvey Milk
The veteran was dishonorably discharged because of his sexual orientation before becoming the first openly gay elected official in California.
Startup uses green hydrogen to power houses with half a toilet’s water flushing
The German company uses ion exchange electrolysers turning clean energy into hydrogen gas. Their invention is being used in more than 100 projects in 33 countries.
Japan captures and recycles carbon to turn it into concrete
Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage captures emissions and stores them underground using a pipeline. The facility was able to store 300.000 tonnes in one year.
Sensors can determine the freshness of food to reduce waste
The QR code displayed on food labels is blue when fresh, turns purple when edible and red when bad, providing more precise information compared to the best-before-date.
Generators mimic seaweed movements to harness wave power
A collaboration of Chinese and US universities developed an underwater generator that sways with the movement of the waves.
Rwanda expands its e-mobility via locally made e-motorbikes
Ampersand develops e-motorcycles and charging stations in Kigali. The startup believes that the drivers’ income can be doubled by saving on maintenance and fuel.
“Land Fund” helps Black people buy inner city farmland in Detroit
The Land Fund uses donations from community members whilst helping with technicalities throughout the bureaucratic process in order to help Black people become land owners.
Formerly incarcerated help the newly released deal with health issues in US
NC FIT pairs a newly released person with a peer in order to connect them with health resources, as well as basic needs to prevent the person from reoffending.
North Carolina Health News
Ancient indigenous solutions could capture carbon and prevent wildfires
Whilst indigenous people from the Amazon already used biochar to improve their crops, Australia’s indigenous already used controlled burning to prevent the fuelling of wildfires. Both techniques are now being revived.