For some, it’s just a phase after school; for others, it’s a commitment to save the environment and our dwindling resources. Either way, a growing number of teenagers are getting involved in preserving threatened habitats or endangered rainforests. The Kenyan environmental organization Ecofinder, for instance, attracts several international volunteers who pitch in to improve living conditions around Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria. Global warming, a growing population and deforestation along the lake’s shores have all had a strong impact on the region. Global Ideas accompanies two young volunteers as they work together with the local population. … [Read more...] about How young people are fighting climate change
Organizations fighting climate change
'For many years I was sceptical of nuclear power,' Miss Lights announced. 'Surrounded by anti-nuclear activists, I had allowed fear of radiation, nuclear waste and weapons of mass destruction to creep into my subconscious... I realised I had been duped into anti-science sentiment all this time.' … [Read more...] about What irony! The spokeswoman who quit Extinction Rebellion to fight for the NUCLEAR industry says: ‘Once I understood the facts, I did change my mind’
“With great success came great money and outsiders,” explains James Conaway, a journalist and author who has been covering Napa since the 1980s. He describes the valley of 30 years ago as egalitarian and idealistic, a mixed agricultural community that raised wine alongside livestock and fruit trees. “Now it’s monoculture with a vengeance. Hundreds of miles of steel trellising holding up the vines from one end of the valley to the next. It has an industrial sheen.” … [Read more...] about Is Napa growing too much wine? Residents seek to preserve treasured land
These days air pollution comes largely from diesel engines. It can be best seen when fumes get trapped and a dull orange-grey smog develops. Technically, it is produced by sunlight reacting with nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the atmosphere. When sunlight hits these chemicals, they form airborne particles and the result is ground-level ozone or smog. Overall, diesel cars emit less hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and lead pollution than petrol cars, but produce more noxious gases and significantly more minute particles. A 2011 test by government to measure emissions from vehicles in everyday use concluded that, while petrol emissions had improved by 96%, "emissions of NOx [nitrogen oxide] from diesel cars and light goods vehicles have not decreased for the past 15-20 years. … [Read more...] about UK air pollution: why are we only now waking up to this public health crisis?
'I am your wife': Husband searching for his partner in Oregon wildfire asked badly burned woman for help - but didn't realize it was her, as it's revealed their son, 13, died clutching his dog A husband desperately searching for his family in an Oregon wildfire has told how he was unable to recognize his wife because she was so badly burned, as it's revealed their 13-year-old son died while clutching his pet dog. … [Read more...] about Cops arrest four for arson – including man who LIVE STREAMED fire he is accused of starting – as death toll from wildfires climbs to 29 and Oregon officials warn of ‘mass fatality event’