Firefighters Race to Save the World’s Largest Tree as Wildfires Rage

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General Sherman, a 2,200-year-old sequoia that stands 275 feet (83 meters) & over 36 feet (11 m) in diameter, according to the National Park Service. By Yasemin Saplakoglu & Posted by Live Science © 2021 Live Science – All Rights Reserved Firefighters Race to Save the World’s Largest Tree as Wildfires Rage California firefighters have wrapped the bases of the world’s largest trees in fire-resistant aluminum blankets to protect them from a wildfire that is raging nearby, according to recent news reports. The Paradise and Colony fires, collectively called the KNP Complex Fire,…

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EPA Announces Ban on Harmful Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

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Like many other pesticides, chlorpyrifos blocks an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase causing insects to die. Unfortunately, it is also toxic to humans. By Amelia Buckley for The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News © 2021 The Optimist Daily – All Rights Reserved EPA Announces Ban on Harmful Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Even if you’ve never heard of chlorpyrifos, you’ve probably come in contact with it on your food. This common pesticide has been on the market since 1965 and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 5.1 million pounds of the chemical have…

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Plastic Crisis: India Will Ban Single-Use Plastic Items by 2022

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Items such as earbuds, balloon sticks, candy sticks, plastic plates, and cutlery, as well as wrapping or packaging films, among many others, will be banned. By Vlad Harabara for The Optimist Daily: Making Solutions the News © 2021 The Optimist Daily – All Rights Reserved Plastic Crisis: India Will Ban Single-Use Plastic Items by 2022 With growing awareness about the huge environmental threat of single-use plastics, countries around the world, like Chile and New Zealand, have ramped up their efforts against plastic pollution by strategically banning disposable plastics. Now India…

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Déjà Vu as Bauxite Company Pollutes an Iconic Jamaican River, Yet Again

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While the industry is an important earner of foreign exchange, is it worth it if it destroys the environment and people’s health and livelihoods? By Emma Lewis for Global Voices © 2021 Global Voices – All Rights Reserved Déjà Vu as Bauxite Company Pollutes an Iconic Jamaican River, Yet Again Named Xaymaca, “the land of wood and water”, by its native Tainos, not only has Jamaica been facing a major threat to its woods through deforestation, but the quality of one of the island’s major water resources, the Rio Cobre, has also been severely…

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Greed & Consumption: Why the World is Burning

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Did you know that Americans produce 25% more waste than usual between Thanksgiving & New Year’s Day, sending an additional 1 million tons a week to landfills? By Ramzy Baroud for MintPress News © 2021 MintPress News – All Rights Reserved Greed and Consumption: Why the World is Burning Rome is scorching hot. This beautiful city is becoming unbearable for other reasons, too. Though every corner of the beaming metropolis is a monument to historical grandeur, from the Colosseum in Rione Monti to the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in…

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