A Warm Place in Chicago
Volunteer, Candice Payne used her personal credit card to get hotel rooms for homeless people during a record-setting freeze in Chicago. Then, other volunteers joined in and followed her lead.
Nashville Opens Free 24 Hour Mental Health Clinic
Designed to streamline assessments of mental health patients in crisis, this clinic is open to the public who can come in any time. You can read the Nashville Public Radio post or watch the video below of the grand opening.
Having worked in the mental health and crisis fields, I know how important it is for people in crisis to have easier access to services. The Nashville program sounds to be compassionate and well thought out. If you don’t have time to watch the whole video, at least listen to the first few minutes.
Lawmakers Aim to make Animal Abuse a Felony in US
Representatives Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan — a democrat and a republican, respectively — are introducing the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act a new bill that will make animal cruelty a felony in the United States. Let’s hope it passes. Click here for details in Green Matters.
Solar Batteries on the Way
A research group in Sweden has developed a storage system that uses a special molecule in liquid form to store solar power. They hope the system will be available for commercial use within the next ten years. Here’s how it works:
“First, the liquid captures energy from sunlight in a solar thermal collector on the roof of a building. Then it is stored at room temperature, leading to minimal energy losses. When the energy is needed, it can be drawn through the catalyst so that the liquid heats up. The warmth could then be utilized in, for example, domestic heating systems, after which the liquid can be sent back up to the roof to collect more energy – all completely free of emissions, and without damaging the molecule.”
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