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Decades ago, Kris Hansen showed 3M that its PFAS chemicals were in people’s bodies. Her bosses halted her work. As the EPA now forces the removal of the chemicals from drinking water, she wrestles with the secrets that 3M kept from her and the world. More at ProPublica ➜

"As Tucson gets hotter and hotter, creating more shade in its most vulnerable neighborhoods is making a vital difference ...In 2020 Tucson set a lofty goal to plant one million trees by the decade’s end...More at Reasons to be Cheerful ➜

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 since 1970. It is a time to demonstrate support for environmental protection and an important reminder that we all have a role to play in protecting the planet. For Earth Day 2024 on April 22nd, EARTHDAY.ORG is reinstating its unwavering commitment to end plastics for the sake of human and planetary health, demanding a 60% reduction in the production of ALL plastics by 2040

 Credit for the Earth Day idea goes to Gaylord Nelson, an American politician from Wisconsin and leading figure in the fight against environmental degradation and social injustice. Rachel Carson, a marine biologist and best-selling author provided the spark for this movement with the 1962 publication of her book, "Silent Spring" which showed the devastating effects of modern pesticides on the natural world.

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It seems the faster we go, the more behind we get...

"Organized crime is mining sand from rivers and coasts to feed demand worldwide, ruining ecosystems and communities. Can it be stopped? ....... Every year the world uses up to 50 billion metric tons of sand, according to a United Nations Environment Program report. The only natural resource more widely consumed is water. "  More at Scientific American ➜

The removal of the Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River in Old Town, Maine shows that when dams are removed, a river and its fish can recover with surprising speed. More at Reasons to be Cheerful ➜

A community in India called Banda has been facing severe water scarcity due to climate change and overuse of resources. Now it has found a way to combat drought by implementing a system of water budgeting to minimize overuse of resources and water waste.  The villagers have reported an increase in crop yields and have been able to maintain a steady supply of water for their daily needs. More at Reasons to be Cheerful ➜

"It's that time of year again! Acorns have been popping up all over the place. This is a sign of a "mast year," which happens when trees produce an unusually high amount of nuts and fruits. Mast years are important because they provide food for animals and birds, and also help with seed dispersal". But why and how do trees do it? More at The Conversation ➜

West Bengal in India is seeing a remarkable recovery of its forests. Thanks to a successful collaboration between local communities and the government, the region has seen a significant increase in tree cover over the past few decades. The project has been so successful that the area now has more trees than it did in 1973! With the help of the local communities, the government is replanting trees, protecting wildlife, and utilizing the forests for sustainable economic growth. This inspiring example of collaboration and conservation shows the potential for positive change. More at Reasons to be Cheerful ➜

 "First, the shrimp disappeared. In late 1980s, the catch became so poor that Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation shrimper, had to take a job running a fish house in Seadrift in Calhoun County, Texas, where she grew up and still lives. Then beached, diseased 300-pound dolphins started appearing, and dead pelicans kept floating to the shores of Lavaca Bay"  More at Reasons to be Cheerful ➜

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