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In this issue of Squirrel News, we cover the app that hooks up investors with tree planters to tackle deforestation, the platform that allows refugees to teach students their native language and the robotic sloths that monitor environmental changes, as well as many more exciting solutions.
‘It’s a match!’: The tinder for trees promoting reforestation
Over 110 organisations spanning across 40 countries have signed up to the TerraMatch platform, aiming to connect those who can plant trees with investors to counteract deforestation.
Platform gives opportunity to students to be taught by refugees across borders
The platform allows refugees and asylum seekers to access work and earn money, as well as share their language skills and culture with students.
World’s largest liquid air battery will store renewable energy
Construction has begun on the energy storage plant in Manchester, which will reduce carbon emissions from fossil-fuel power plants by storing renewable energy.
Sky commits to net zero carbon production by 2030
The broadcaster has 24 million customers across seven countries, and is the leading entertainment company in Europe. It is also the first to commit to carbon neutral production.
Out of date milk proteins re-engineered into sustainable fibres
Every year around 128 million tons are wasted, but spoilt milk proteins can be spun into fibres that are useful in fashion, medical and packaging industries.
Flowers pollinated by blowing bubbles
Researchers in Japan have developed the solution, aiming to aid the pollination of crops as wild insect populations and commercial honeybees suffer.
UK startup turning waste coffee grounds into biofuel
The world’s coffee habit produces around 6 million tons of waste coffee grounds yearly, which Bio-Beans seeks to tackle by turning byproducts into biofuels.
British firms recognise slavery links and promise compensation
The insurance company Lloyds and pub chain Green King pledged investment in projects supporting black and ethnic minority communities.
In India, a revival spice project seeks to boost popularity of traditional spices
Globalisation has led to a shift from traditional spices, but the revival project encourages farmers and urban gardeners to learn to grow their own spices.
Robotic sloth helps to monitor environmental changes
The ‘Slothbot’ could track endangered species and changes to their environments, as well as aid precision agriculture by spotting bugs or diseases.