Seven solutions to the housing crisis, first solar canals in the US, cheap street fix saving lives
Photo: Phil Hearing / Unsplash (CC0)
In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re exploring innovative solutions to the UK’s housing crisis, Arizona’s first solar-powered canal project, and how ‘daylighting’ at intersections is enhancing pedestrian safety in US cities.
Seven solutions to the UK’s housing crisis
Addressing the UK’s escalating housing crisis, experts propose a range of solutions, from revitalising empty homes to regulating Airbnb rentals and encouraging communal living.
Source: Positive News
First solar-powered canal project underway in Arizona, a U.S. first
Arizona sets a pioneering example in renewable energy by initiating the construction of the first solar-covered canal in the United States, a project designed to generate clean energy while significantly reducing water evaporation in the drought-stricken state.
Tech giants join forces in initiative to combat online child abuse
Major tech companies, including Google and Meta, unite under the ‘Lantern’ programme, a cross-platform effort designed to identify and prevent child abuse online by sharing crucial data and intelligence.
Source: The Verge
UK millionaires ask government to tax wealth for public services funding
A group of British multimillionaires calls for increased taxes on the super-rich to improve public services.This highlights a potential solution for enhancing national investment and easing the burden on the working class.
Source: The Guardian
Australia sets January deadline to ban disposable vape imports
In a move to combat rising nicotine addiction among teenagers, Australia announces a ban on the import of disposable vapes, alongside stricter laws against their manufacture and supply.
A simple, cost-effective solution to enhance pedestrian safety
Cities across the US are increasingly adopting ‘daylighting’ at intersections, a strategy proven to improve visibility and reduce pedestrian accidents.
Spain bets on green hydrogen
Spain is strategically advancing its role in renewable energy, particularly in green hydrogen production, positioning itself as a key player in Europe.
Kenya innovates in e-waste management
Addressing the global challenge of electronic waste, Kenyans are pioneering recycling methods for electronic products amidst an annual production of 50 million tonnes.
New Jersey launches inclusive emergency shelter model
Addressing the critical need for disability-friendly emergency shelters, a New Jersey organisation develops a simulation model to enhance accessibility and safety for disabled individuals during disasters.
Source: Yes Magazine
Ocean guardian Sylvia Earle champions ‘Hope Spots’
Renowned marine scientist Sylvia Earle leads a global effort to protect critical ocean areas, known as ‘Hope Spots’, to safeguard marine life and ecosystems.
Source: Reasons to be Cheerful