Mo'ne Davis Has a Memoir Coming Next March NEW YORK (AP) — A memoir when you're still a teenager may seem premature, but not for Mo'ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a Little League World Series game. "Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name" will be released next March by HarperCollins Children's Books, the publisher told The Associated Press on Monday. The honor roll student from Philadelphia became a sensation last summer after leading the Taney Dragons to a 4-0 victory over Nashville, when she was just 13. Known for her long braids and uncommon poise, she has since appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, thrown out the first pitch at a major league World Series game and starred in a car commercial directed by Spike Lee. "When I joined an all-boys baseball team, my mom wasn't too happy," Mo'ne said in a statement issued Monday through HarperCollins. Later this month, she and her fellow Taney Dragons will help kick off the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Financial terms for the book deal were not disclosed.
Meet Rachel Parent — the teen fighting for GMO labelling in Canada Watch: Rachel Parent is a 15-year-old activist. Her goal: mandatory labelling in Canada of all genetically modified organisms, or GMOs that are found as ingredients in food. Allison Vuchnich has part one of a four-part series on GMOs and labelling. UPDATE: Rachel Parent has met with Health Minister Rona Ambrose. Standing in the grocery store aisle surrounded by processed and packaged food, examining ingredients and scanning labels: this is shopping with Rachel Parent, and it is a thorough process. “About 70 per cent of the (processed) food on all our grocery store shelves is genetically modified or has GMO ingredients in it,” Parent told Global News as she reached for a container of relish and examined its ingredient list. So for instance, glucose fructose is a derivative from corn and it’s high-fructose corn syrup basically, so there really is a 90 per cent chance that it is GMO,” she said. “Of course, I would never know unless it was labelled.” Parent is a 15-year-old activist.
ARKive - Discover the world's most endangered species Wildscreen's Arkive project was launched in 2003 and grew to become the world's biggest encyclopaedia of life on Earth. With the help of over 7,000 of the world’s best wildlife filmmakers and photographers, conservationists and scientists, Arkive.org featured multi-media fact-files for more than 16,000 endangered species. Freely accessible to everyone, over half a million people every month, from over 200 countries, used Arkive to learn and discover the wonders of the natural world. Since 2013 Wildscreen was unable to raise sufficient funds from trusts, foundations, corporates and individual donors to support the year-round costs of keeping Arkive online. Therefore, the charity had been using its reserves to keep the project online and was unable to fund any dedicated staff to maintain Arkive, let alone future-proof it, for over half a decade. Despite appeals for support, just 85 of our 5.6 million users in 2018 made a donation.
Food labels may get more complicated Voters in two states will decide if people will get to learn what is deep inside their food. On Nov. 4, citizens in Oregon and Colorado will vote on whether companies must tell buyers, on the package, when food has been genetically changed in any way. The proposed laws call for labeling those foods. GMO stands for genetically modified organism. Companies genetically modify crops or food livestock with genes from other species to give them certain qualities. People who oppose GMOs say they are not safe. Lots Of Worry Over GMOs Oregon and Colorado could become the first to pass a referendum calling for GMO labeling. So far, food companies in favor of GMOs have been successful in fighting label laws. Supporters of GMO food labels argue that people have a right to know what's in their food. Scientists largely say the fear that GMOs are dangerous is not true. No Nutrition Information? Most processed foods in the United States, like canned soup, soda and frozen meals, contain some GMOs.
Polar Bears and Climate Change Floods. Droughts. Heat waves. In fact, if our chief scientist, Dr. "Events like these will continue to increase in number and severity as the world continues to warm." What's causing climate change? What's causing climate change? Greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere act like a blanket that keeps the earth warm. Other factors such as deforestation have added to the problem. Do scientists agree about climate change? The laws of physics dictate that the world will grow warmer and warmer as greenhouse gas concentrations rise. Are scientists still debating climate change? The important point to remember is that natural fluctuations in the climate system will continue with global warming, but the baseline will climb higher and higher. And once we cross those thresholds, it will be bad news not only for polar bears—but countless other species, including humans. How are polar bears affected by climate change? What can be done? Humans have caused this problem, humans can fix it.
Ingenious 19-year-old Develops Plan to Clean up Oceans in 5 Years Image Credit / boyanslat.com By: Amanda Froelich, True Activist. With millions of tons of garbage dumped into the oceans annually and repeat incidence of oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, it’s the Ocean which has taken the brunt of unsustainable methods from man. In effect, it’s estimated almost 100,000 marine animals are killed due to debris entanglement and continually rising pollution. To a degree, individual lessening of consumerism and utilizing sustainable methods to re-use and eliminate waste is very beneficial. Slat’s idea consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. Economically, the Ocean Array Project also rises to the top due to its sustainable construct; it’s completely self-supportive, by receiving energy from the sun, currents, and waves. To find out more about the project and to contribute, click here. Sources: Boyan Slat Inhabitat Trending on the Web
Boyan Slat “Human history is basically a list of things that couldn't be done, and then were done.” Boyan Slat (Delft, 1994) combines environmentalism, creativity and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. Currently working on oceanic plastic pollution, he believes current prevention measures will have to be supplemented by active removal of plastics in order to succeed. “It will be very hard to convince everyone in the world to handle their plastics responsibly, but what we humans are very good in, is inventing technical solutions to our problems. Besides leading The Ocean Cleanup, Boyan is an Aerospace Engineering student at the Delft University of Technology, and is an avid photographer and diver. At age 14, he was awarded the Best Idea of South-Holland award, and a Guinness World Record.
Young humpback whale freed from crab fishing lines SAN JOSE, Calif. — The passengers on the Point Sur Clipper had spent the morning of April 27 whale watching in Monterey Bay. At first, they didn’t notice anything wrong when they spotted the humpback. But unlike the other whales, the 25-foot-long young adult stuck near the surface. It didn’t dive down to feast on the blooms of krill that attract humpbacks to the bay. “It wouldn’t fluke up,” said Nancy Black, a marine biologist on board the ship that day. She was referring to the tail flip that humpbacks display before diving to feed. Black called the U.S. Passing Through Tricky Waters Centuries of whaling had nearly killed off the whale population. Most crab pots are removed from the water in the winter, after the largest crabs are taken, said Pete Kalvass, a marine biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Humpback Gets GPS Tracking Tag Black called the Coast Guard that Sunday. By now the seas were churning. Fearing for their safety, the crew turned back.