Sustainable bamboo buildings, self-charging trains, Afghanistan’s only female guide

In today’s edition of Squirrel News, bamboo provides a more sustainable alternative to standard construction materials, self-charging trains receive funding in the UK and a virtual tour through Afghanistan supports female education.

‘The Green Steel of the 21st Century’

Used in Hong Kong for ages, bamboo provides a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to standard construction materials.

Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful

UK government funding secured by self-charging trains project

A Cambridgeshire company that is launching a project to develop self-charging trains has won £5m in funding from the UK government.

Source: BBC

Submergible buoy with potential to harness the power of the ocean

This device, which floats under the water’s surface, ‘reacts to changes in sub-sea water pressure and converts the resulting motion to electricity’.

Source: CNBC

Village for homeless Salt Lakers to be self-sufficient

Salt Lake City is planning to build a tiny house village for the homeless that promotes self-sufficiency, with a view for sustainable independence.

Source: NPR

Following the Patagonia model

After the owner of the well known company Patagonia donated it to a cause, this restaurant has been acquired through a similar approach.

Source: Next City

Climate data for cities is best collected from its residents

Sensors, lab tests, monitors – despite all the technological support, the best source for climate data collection in cities is apparently its citizen scientists.

Source: Yes Magazine

Fashion with a passion, a dress to change the world

Dressember, launched by a woman with a passion to fight against human trafficking, is picking up steam worldwide.

Source: Good Good Good

Why Kudzu the strangler plant could be a city builder

An invasive plant known in Japan for strangling forests could prove an alternative use for city building.

Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful

Changes that have saved lives and improved society

From landmine clearance to better trains and traffic controls, these changes have brought about lifesaving solutions with multiple benefits to the world.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Touring Afghanistan with its only female guide

This virtual tour allows people to witness the realities faced by females in Afghanistan, and support an underground school for girls at the same time.

Source: positive news

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