Warmth from disused coal mines, first Irish town to ban single-use coffee cups, sponges soaking up microplastics
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, UK’s disused coal mines find new life as renewable energy sources, the town of Killarney in Ireland pioneers a move against single-use coffee cups, and scientists develop sponges that can combat microplastics.
Abandoned coal mines are now heating UK homes
Once-forgotten coal mines are offering a solution to the UK’s renewable energy needs. Abandoned mining sites now provide green energy by utilising warm underground water to heat homes and businesses.
‘It was a plague’: Killarney becomes first Irish town to ban single-use coffee cups
A blanket ‘bring or buy’ reusable scheme has been introduced in the town, which was getting through 23,000 cups a week.
Source: The Guardian
Sponges that combat microplastics unveiled by scientists
Scientists have developed biodegradable sponges made from starch and gelatin that capture up to 90 percent of microplastics in water. These sponges have versatile uses, from wastewater treatment plants to home washing machines.
Source: Smithsonian Magazine
California extends in-state tuition to Mexicans living near the border
California is offering in-state tuition rates to low-income Mexican residents living near the border who want to attend community colleges in the state. The pilot programme will launch next year.
Source: ABC News
‘We won’t serve it’: leading UK chefs join campaign to cast farmed salmon off menu
Ethical concerns over sustainability and welfare have seen venues offering new choices to ubiquitous ‘chicken of the sea’.
Source: The Guardian
Arizona teens fight fentanyl crisis with peer-driven campaign
As fentanyl overdoses devastate Arizona’s youth, students are taking the lead in demystifying this deadly synthetic opioid. Through the ‘No Second Chance’ campaign, they are educating their generation about the risks associated with the drug.
Source: The 74
Wildcats thriving in groundbreaking conservation project
This summer, wildcats were released for the first time in the UK, and they are now thriving in the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands, marking a significant step forward in conservation efforts to protect this endangered species.
Empowering adaptive athletes: Fort Collins running club embrace inclusivity
Whether it’s guiding blind runners or supporting those with physical challenges, Northern Colorado’s Fort Collins Run Club is leading a grassroots effort to welcome adaptive runners, demonstrating that running is for everyone, regardless of ability.
Source: Colorado Sun
Adaptive tech expands wilderness trail access for people with disabilities
In response to the need for more inclusive access to wilderness trails, a non-profit is taking a step by introducing an all-terrain downhill wheelchair. This innovation ensures that those with severe mobility limitations can experience the thrill of trail rides.
How one unique initiative is redefining fatherhood, childcare in Nigeria
In rural Nigeria, cultural norms had hindered fathers’ involvement in child care and maternal health. But through father-to-father support groups, men are now championing proper child nutrition and child-rearing practices.
Source: Reasons to be Cheerful