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Weekly Environmental Updates
April 22nd marked the 47th annual celebration of the environmental movement known as Earth Day. Started as a grassroots movement to support the newly-created Environmental Protection Agency in 1970, Earth Day has evolved into a global event supported by numerous environmental groups who issue calls for action to protect our natural resources. This year the Earth Day Network partnered with organizers of the March for Science to organize a rally in Washington D.C. to address concerns with the current administration's stance on science and the environment.
Engaging with the natural environment leads to greater feelings of well being, according to a new study conducted by Oregon State University. In addition, the degree to which people felt that their natural surroundings were being managed well was the most statistically significant predictor of life satisfaction. Other metrics measured included time spent outdoors, access to wild resources, and community activities.
A large scale solar project being built on top of a strip mine in Eastern Kentucky will provide jobs for displaced coal miners upon completion. The area suffered significant unemployment when coal supplies dwindled and automation and environmental regulations went into effect. Officials point out that the project is the first of its kind in Appalachia.
Everything's coming up tulips in festivals around the world. Holland, Canada, and various cities in the U.S. are bursting with the colorful perennials. For a short list of some of the best festivals, click on the above link.
A hot stream of flowing gas that lit up the night sky in Canada has been declared a new type of natural phenomena not previously documented. The big purple light that resembles an aurora was tested by the European Space Agency (ESA) with field instruments that measured its heat. ESA, which named the light "Steve", says the observation was spotted in pictures featured on a Facebook group.
Getting hit by an asteroid may inspire fear, but being crushed by the rock is not what will likely kill you if it happens. Violent winds that knock you into a hard surface and/or shock waves that rupture your internal organs are much more likely to do you in if the sizzling heat doesn't kill you first, says a new study. No need to stay up nights worrying, though. Experts say the chances of a serious asteroid impact are "really low".
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