In today’s edition of Squirrel News, a study found a quicker way to tutor kids in reading, a startup is rolling out solar panels on railway, and 20 public pools in the UK are set to benefit from data centre heat tech.
How ‘short-burst’ tutoring benefits kids learning to read
A study in the US state of Florida has found that short-burst tutoring works wonders for children who have just begun learning to read. This method requires a small classroom space and involves less disruption to school schedule.
Source: The Hechinger Report
Swiss startup to roll out carpet-like solar panels in world first
Sun-Ways developed a mechanism that installs removable solar panels in the spaces between railway tracks. The startup has since addressed concerns regarding risk of fires.
Innovative heat tech could save England’s swimming pools from closure
Twenty pools may be upgraded this year following the example of a public pool in Devon that uses energy from a small data centre to heat its water.
Source: The Guardian
French weather bulletins now include climate change angle
Two French TV stations are breaking away from traditional weather forecasts to add a climate angle. Forecasters have long been encouraged to consider climate change science in their reports.
Board game helps teach sustainable living to Finnish kids
The Climate Puzzle, a board game developed by a Finnish climate firm, uses emissions data to show players the impact of lifestyle choices.
Idris Elba, Mo Abudu to foster African film and TV talent
Two big names in the media industry are joining forces to promote authentic representation and diverse storytelling.
Public art investment shows transformation of a city in Indiana
Fort Wayne has bounced back from decades of job shortage and is now investing in public art. Arts and culture are a multibillion-dollar industry in Indiana alone, employing over 78,000 people.
Unique farm on top of car park proposed for Birmingham
This initiative would provide fresh locally grown food, promote sustainable agriculture and cut carbon emissions.
Source: The Guardian
Centuries later, Tokyo farms continue to thrive
More than a thousand farms are able to flourish in the bustling city of Tokyo thanks to a law allowing farmland owners to register their fields as Productive Green Areas.
Source: Reasons to be Cheerful
Mobile childcare supports parents working outdoors
In Burkina Faso, a project has made childcare accessible to parents who are working as outdoor manual labourers.