Second skin for buildings, shark protection treaty, zero food waste in South Korea
Photo: via ecoworks
In today’s edition of Squirrel News, a Berlin startup gives new life to old buildings, a landmark treaty aims to save sharks from extinction, and South Korea shows us how to cut down on food waste.
Berlin startup gives buildings eco-friendly facelift to save energy costs
In a nod to calls for energy-efficient buildings, Ecoworks is making use of renewable resources to save about 70% to 80% of energy costs. The startup boasts of providing affordable renovations and fast construction.
Shark fin trade regulated at last in landmark decision
The ruling at a major wildlife conference finally takes major steps to address the overfishing and lack of regulation that has been pushing sharks to extinction.
Source: The Guardian
Historic COP27 deal to compensate countries vulnerable to climate disasters
The agreement reached at the climate summit in Egypt was ‘a step towards justice,’ according to the UN Secretary-General. It has been agreed that a fund will be established to assist poor nations with climate-related loss and damage.
South Korea has almost zero food waste. Here’s what the US can learn
In the US, most food waste ends up in landfills while South Korea recycles close to 100% annually, and its model could illustrates some core principles.
Source: The Guardian
Barnard College in NYC to provide abortion medication to students
Amidst a challenging period for reproductive rights in the US, a college in New York City becomes a safe haven for students. Barnard College joins educational institutions that provide abortion pills.
Wildlife crossings built with tribal knowledge drastically reduce collisions
Previously known as one of Montana’s most dangerous roads, Highway 93 was upgraded to include 42 wildlife crossings that were built based on Indigenous traditional knowledge and values.
Construction of 100 3D-printed homes in Texas underway
Icon is building a neighborhood of 3D-printed homes as an innovative response to the housing crisis. The construction company has built homes for families in extreme poverty in Mexico and Austin.
Source: New Atlas
Fellowship, grow-your-own programmes reflect increased teacher diversity
When schools forgo conventional methods of teacher training, such as the residency model, they are better able to recruit and keep excellent educators and foster diversity.
Source: The 74
African refugees get access to education, livelihood thanks to renewable energy
Access to solar-powered internet in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp gives families the option of virtually leaving the camp and pursuing jobs worldwide.
“It’s Toosdei; how was your day today?”
Dozens of Nigerians turn to Toosdei Space to alleviate daily stress. The platform also aptly does a great job of making people look forward to Tuesdays.
Source: Prime Progress
Urban farms offer a fresh perspective on managing kitchen waste and nurturing a community
Urban farms in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru show how urban spaces like homes and institutions can be used for growing organic vegetables as well as for building a community around them.