Community solar for all, healthy urban planning, Mexican gray wolves start to recover

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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, DC begins providing solar panels for low-income households, pedestrian infrastructure can improve health and Mexican gray wolf numbers grow again.

DC plans to extend solar power generation to low-income households

In a bid to fully transition to sustainable energy, the US government plans to increase solar power production by 700%. As part of this program, Washington DC is helping low-income households generate their own energy.

Source: ContextNews

Pedestrian infrastructure key to better health outcomes

A study using Google street view’s technology is helping scientists and city planners better understand the impact of sidewalks, or the lack thereof, on the physical and psychological health of residents.

Source: Bloomberg

Recycled glass used as sand to help restore coastline

In Louisiana, pulverized glass is recycled into a sand-replacement that can be used in more sustainable construction and to help restore the region’s coastlines.

Source: Reasons to be cheerful

Eli Lilly caps insulin costs to just $35 a month

With about 8.4 million people in the US diagnosed with diabetes, insulin costs have been a serious financial burden for many. Now a price cap will help those who struggled financially to get their medication.

Source: NBC News

Washington State University aims to bring more pharmacists to rural areas

Residents of rural Washington State often have trouble finding a working pharmacy near them, due to labor shortages. Now, a new program aims to attract pharmacology graduates to help service these areas.

Source: KUOW

Online program to limit child sexual abuse launched in multiple countries

A treatment program called ‘Prevent It’ has been developed to provide cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals who exhibit sexual urges towards children. It has been translated into a variety of EU languages ​​and will be launched across the continent.

Source: Eurekalert

NGO works to help recently released prisoners with housing and employment

Barred Business, launched by two Atlanta women, aims to help people who have just exited prison with housing, care and employment opportunities.

Source: 19th News

How prisons can become more sustainable

Prisons produce a lot of excess carbon. Both social justice and greener policies could come together to help convert the prisons and jails into something more sustainable.

Source: Atmos

Community program helps prevent flooding in a Maharashtra village

The residents of Kondgaon-Sakharpa, who were often beset by frequent, destructive floods, have banded together to form the Kajli River Conservation Committee. They work with technicians and conservationists to raise the banks of the river. Now they have been without a flood in two years.

Source: Mongabay India

Mexican Gray Wolves make a recovery in the US

Once highly endangered, Mexican gray wolf numbers are now growing again, after a successful reintroduction over twenty years ago. While not out of danger yet, the population has doubled over the last six years.

Source: Yale E360

A “silent café” where one has to order in sign language

Disabled people struggled with stigmatization across Africa, so activists have developed a number of programs to educate the population. One is a “silent café,” run by the deaf and the other a VR game designed to simulate the experience of autism.

Source: BBC

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