Solar energy from space, Stockholm city without gas cars, better care through shared biographies
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we explore the potential of space-based solar power, discover how Stockholm plans to ban gas cars from its city centre, and learn about a creative platform that’s transforming caregiving through biographies.
Solar power beamed from space could help meet the world’s growing energy needs
Beaming green solar energy from space is no longer science fiction; it’s becoming a reality as countries race to harness this virtually limitless power source, potentially transforming the energy landscape.
Global solar power tipping point achieved, study shows
Solar power is on the cusp of dominating the global energy mix. Its path to prominence suggests a cleaner energy future, but addressing barriers like funding in low-income countries remains crucial to achieving zero-carbon power systems.
Source: Science Alert
Stockholm to ban most gas and diesel vehicles from city center
Gas and diesel vehicles will be history in most of Stockholm’s city center by the end of 2024 as the city pioneers a low-emission zone to combat air pollution. The move ensures that only electric and Euro 6 standard vehicles will navigate the urban core.
Source: Reasons to be Cheerful
Gym offers inclusive play spaces for neurodivergent children
We Rock the Spectrum, a U.S. gym franchise, is tackling the challenges parents of autistic children encounter when searching for inclusive play spaces by not only catering to neurodivergent children but also providing jobs for disabled adults.
Source: Next City
How tech helps law enforcement solve gun-related crimes in the U.S.
Gun violence investigations often hit dead ends, but the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) in the U.S. is bridging the gap. This technology links cases, helping law enforcement solve crimes and save lives.
How activists ended prison phone fees in Connecticut
Connecticut’s historic decision in 2021 to eliminate prison phone charges, making calls free for inmates, was a remarkable victory. It is now a model for prison phone fee reform in the U.S., gaining attention and momentum in states like California.
Source: Mother Jones
Reviving Kingston Harbour: a model cleanup for the world
For years, waste has flowed into Jamaica’s Kingston Harbour, causing extensive pollution. Now, a cleanup project sets an example with a community-based solution in partnership with Dutch technology, potentially inspiring similar projects in coastal cities around the world.
Source: The Guardian
Bengaluru chef converts beer byproduct into sustainable food
A Bengaluru chef is combating food waste from the city’s microbreweries by converting ‘spent grain’ into flour and other sustainable products, saving 1,200 kilograms of this grain from being discarded last year.
Source: The Better India
Creative platform transforms caregiving through patient biographies
When Jay Newton-Small’s father moved into assisted living with Alzheimer’s, she realised that caregivers needed more than paperwork to understand patients’ lives. Her solution, MemoryWell, fosters empathy and enhances care by sharing patients’ life stories with caregivers.
Source: Reasons to be Cheerful