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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about how a community of islanders is helping to preserve an endangered coconut in the Seychelles, a school programme that provides education as well as access to basic health care, food and economic opportunity to children and parents alike, and a 3D printed affordable housing neighbourhood in California, USA.
Nuts for coco de mer: islanders rally to save world’s biggest seed
The rare palm that bears this botanical icon grows wild on just two islands in Seychelles. Now locals are helping to save it in a new planting scheme.
US school educates and provides for children and parents alike
The Briya Public Charter School in Fort Totton not only educates children as well as their parents, but provides access to food, health care and language classes.
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First net-zero 3D printed neighbourhood to be built in California
The company Mighty Buildings is combining 3D printed technology with robotics and automation to build 15 net zero emissions homes in Coachella Valley, US.
UK initiates largest ocean monitoring system in the world
The Blue Belt programme will monitor marine and protect wildlife across 4 million square kilometres of the world’s oceans.
French company develops pump that replicates human heart
CorWave developed a system inspired by marine animal movements that mimics natural blood flow and reduces some of the risks of conventional artificial hearts.
17 year old develops suture that detects infections through change of colour
Dasia Taylor tailor-made her invention for those with limited access to health care, in order to reduce the rate of infections throughout the world.
Small yet powerful wind turbine could preserve wildlife
The Powerpod, designed by Halcium, is said to be equally or even more powerful than its solar counterpart, whilst also being comparatively less costly and installable on regular houses.
Young women initiate campaign tackling sexual harassment on US public transport
The public transport organisation BART is joining forces with its female passengers and multiple non-profits to ensure their safety during transit.
Bystander intervention training set to tackle hate crimes in New York
Hollaback!, a New York non-profit, educates interested citizens on its “5 Ds” programme to increase non-violent support by bystanders in violent situations.
Wildlife charities raise £8m to boost nature schemes across England and Wales
Efforts to reverse decline include transforming a former golf course and rewilding a village as part of a campaign to protect 30% of land and sea in England and Wales by 2030.
Best served chilled: green tech keeps the cool on India’s dairy farms – photo essay
Photographer Prashanth Vishwanathan captured a network of community dairies helping off-grid farmers in Maharashtra keep milk fresh as temperatures rise.