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In today’s issue of Squirrel News, Gothenborg uses self-imposed bank fines to achieve its climate goals, more and more cities replace parking lots with houses, and a town in South Africa uses roadside advertising to repair potholes on crumbling roads.
Gothenburg’s drive to improve its climate and social targets through banks
Annie Hohlfält is leading a strong drive in Gothenburg to develop its positive environmental and social programmes by willingly committing to being fined by banks if the city cannot achieve its targets.
Reasons to be Cheerful
Reduced parking can lead the way to more houses
Parking takes up a considerable amount of space in cities, which is why more and more are reconsidering rules like parking requirements for businesses and homes.
Roadside advertising takes on a new face with pothole repairs being the platform
In the city with Africa’s most sophisticated road network, a private-public sector partnership is using advertising to repair potholes and mitigate the crumbling roads.
Reasons to be Cheerful
Tenants in Minneapolis are pushing back against corporate landlords
Using a payment method that utilises courts as third parties, known as ‘escrow’, these Minneapolis tenants are pushing back against private landlord companies.
Discovery with “unexpected potential” to fight prostate cancer
A recent discovery by researchers in the Netherlands Cancer Institute has found a link between circadian regulators and prostate cancer cells, possibly saving a decade of research.
Biggest carbon-capture facility in UK is now operational
Using patented carbon-capture technology to convert carbon dioxide into pharmaceutical-grade sodium bicarbonate, this facility is the largest of its kind in the UK.
Ten ways science and architecture work together to reduce climate impact
Inspired by MIT’s proposal to develop pockets of society that fight climate change, these ten technologies are ways in which we can do just that through architecture.
Wearable vest provides augmented muscle functionality for the physically disabled
Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a textile wearable vest, called Myoshirt, that acts as an intuitive support to the body’s muscles and movements.
Haley House soup kitchen tackles homelessness through a holistic approach
From affordable housing to feeding the homeless, this organisation in Boston’s South End uses job programmes and motivated individuals to positively impact the rates of homelessness in the community.
The Christian Science Monitor
In the desert of Algeria, agricultural projects are transforming the landscape
Not only providing the country with an economic edge, these agricutural projects are diversifying the ecosystems and landscapes as well as providing the country with more sustainable food sources.