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US: California land taken from Black couple returned to heirs
30 June 2022 - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday [28 June] to return ownership of prime California beachfront property to descendants of a Black couple who built a resort for African Americans but were stripped of the land in the 1920s. The board voted 5-0 on a motion to complete the transfer of parcels in an area once known as Bruce's Beach in the fashionable city of Manhattan Beach that is now the site of the county's lifeguard training headquarters and its parking lot. (more)

Australia prioritizes reducing emissions and cheaper EVs
29 June 2022 - Australia's new government is putting climate change at the top of its legislative agenda when Parliament sits next month for the first time since the May 21 election, with bills to enshrine a cut in greenhouse gas emissions and make electric cars cheaper, a minister said on Wednesday [29 June]. (more)

Funds for climate justice flow to groups around the U.S.
29 June 2022 - Fourteen environmental justice organizations from around the United States have begun to receive money under the Justice40 initiative, a business accelerator announced Wednesday [29 June]. The Justice40 Accelerator said the groups will receive some $3 million for work ranging from solar training in Detroit, to renovating homes to better withstand extreme weather, to a community market where farmers can sell their produce. (more)

AP Photos: In Kenya, nearly a decade of mangrove restoration
28 June 2022 - The village of Gazi Bay on Kenya's coast, just 55 kilometers (34 miles) south of bustling Mombasa and tucked away from the country's well-trodden tourism circuit, has gained traction in recent years as a model for restoring and tending carbon-sucking mangrove trees that now crowd its bright green shoreline. Now entering its 10th year, the award-winning project has inspired other nations to follow suit. (more)

World's first solar-powered car is ready to hit the road
26 June 2022 - As electric vehicles become more common, there are innovators looking to improve the technology. This includes Lex Hoefsloot, CEO of Lightyear. After six years in development, the company has just released Lightyear 0, the world's first solar vehicle. Without the need for a charging station, this sleek electric vehicle can keep you on the road for seven months thanks to integrated solar panels. (more)

Former coal hub Nottingham aims to become Britain's first net zero city
25 June 2022 - The smoking towers of Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal power station loom outside the English city of Nottingham, a fitting beacon for an area long known as a hub of a once-thriving coal industry. Now local leaders are betting on a green industrial revolution, pledging to go carbon neutral by 2028 and so become the country's first city to reach net zero. (more)

African-American farming projects look to recoup historical U.S. land losses
25 June 2022 - When Black land rights activists were offered a 150-acre (60-hectare) plot in the U.S. South, they saw it as an opportunity towards righting a historical wrong. Black Americans lost 90 percent of their lands across the United States during the 20th century, government figures show, due to factors such as predatory developers and a lack of access to the legal system and expert advice. (more)

Women-led startups help family farmers feed Latin America
24 June 2022 - From Brazil to Ecuador's Amazon, women entrepreneurs are working to boost small-scale and organic farming. (more)

New global fund invests in nature to shore up climate change fight
24 June 2022 - A new international fund backed by wealthy nations aims to invest at least $500 million in protecting nature in developing countries and giving indigenous people a bigger role in conserving their environment and tackling climate change. The Climate Investment Funds (CIF), one of the world's largest multilateral climate financing instruments, launched its 'Nature, People, and Climate' (NPC) programme on Wednesday [1 June] at a major U.N. environment conference in Stockholm. (more)

5 planets take center stage as they align in the night sky
23 June 2022 - A rare, five-planet alignment will peak on June 24, allowing a spectacular viewing of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn as they line up in planetary order. Stargazers will need to have a clear view of the eastern horizon to spot the incredible phenomenon, Diana Hannikainen, observing editor of Sky and Telescope said. The best time to view the five planets is in the one hour before sunrise, she said. (more)

Rare alignment of 5 planets peaks Friday as crescent moon joins the parade
23 June 2022 - Friday morning [24 June] could be the best time to view a rare planetary alignment that has greeted early risers this month and will not happen again until 2040. Throughout June, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have lined up from left to right in the southeastern sky, in their orbital order from the sun. This event is not one to be missed as the last time these five planets aligned was back in 2004 and it won't happen again until 2040, according to BBC Science Focus. (more)

US: FDA bans Juul e-cigarettes tied to teen vaping surge
23 June 2022 - U.S. health regulators on Thursday ordered Juul to pull its electronic cigarettes from the market, the latest blow to the embattled company widely blamed for sparking a national surge in teen vaping. The action is part of a sweeping effort by the Food and Drug Administration to bring scientific scrutiny to the multibillion-dollar vaping industry after years of regulatory delays. (more)

US bans all products from leading vaping company Juul
23 June 2022 - The US is banning the sale of all products sold by Juul, one of the country's top e-cigarette companies. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it did not have enough data to be sure that marketing the firm's products was 'appropriate for the protection of public health'. The agency had already barred the fruity flavours that helped make Juul a phenomenon among teenagers a few years ago. The products, which contain high concentrations of nicotine, raised alarm as use among teens exploded, with more than quarter of high schoolers using e-cigarettes in 2019, according to a federal survey. (more)

Britain's birds of prey are back from the brink of extinction - and live on webcam
22 June 2022 - Ospreys, kites, and falcons may once again become part of our everyday lives, and live streams from nests can help protect them. What began during the spring 2020 lockdown as a welcome substitute for seeing birds in real life has since turned into a national obsession -- with almost 30 live webcams on peregrine nests alone. (more)

India's Prime Minister joins mass International Day of Yoga event
21 June 2022 - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated International Day of Yoga on Tuesday by joining thousands of participants in performing yoga routines. 'Yoga brings peace for us. The peace from yoga is not only for individuals. Yoga brings peace to our society, yoga brings peace to our nations and world,' Modi said at the event. (more)

Disney workers trade costumes for yoga pants on Yoga Day
21 June 2022 - Disney workers traded their character costumes for yoga pants early Tuesday at Walt Disney World in Florida to celebrate International Yoga Day. The sunrise celebration has spread to other Disney properties around the globe since yoga enthusiasts started it at the Florida resort in 2016. More than 1,700 Disney workers spread out their yoga mats in front of Cinderella's Castle in Florida, while another 1,000 workers started their morning with yoga in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California. (more)

International Day of Yoga 2022 celebrated in Ho Chi Minh City, Quang Ninh
21 June 2022 - The 8th International Day of Yoga (June 21) was celebrated in Ho Chi Minh City and Quang Ninh province on June 21. The Indian Consulate General in coordination with HCM City's Union of Friendship Organisations held the event on Nguyen Hue pedestrian street in district 1 with the participation of nearly 1,000 people. Madan Mohan Sethi, Consul General of India in HCM City, said the event with the theme 'Yoga for Humanity' aims to promote humanity's community spirit towards a sustainable lifestyle, in harmony with the Earth in the context of resumption of activities in the post-COVID-19 pandemic period. (more)

International Yoga Day: Top Indian athletes come together on the occasion
21 June 2022 - Several top Indian sportspersons on Tuesday exhorted the people to embrace yoga to add years to life, even as functions were held at a global level to celebrate the International Day of Yoga, which has become an integral part of the country's calendar over the last many years. (more)

Summer solstice 2022: What is it and how is it celebrated?
21 June 2022 - The summer solstice is the longest day of the year -- that means it has the most hours of sunlight. In the northern hemisphere (where the UK is) in 2021 it falls on Tuesday 21 June. The summer solstice marks the end of spring and start of summer. It will end with the autumn equinox, which last year fell on 22 September. (more)

South America's unknown ancient path
20 June 2022 - Connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, a 4,000km trail created by indigenous people over millennia is now beginning to reveal its mysteries to the world. Some theories date the route to around 400 or 500 CE; others suggest it goes back as far as 10,000 years ago to Paleo-Indian hunter-gatherers. (more)

US: California may require labels on pot products to warn of mental health risks
20 June 2022 - Doctors and lawmakers in California want cannabis producers to warn consumers of this and other health risks on their packaging labels and in advertising, similar to requirements for cigarettes. Indeed, many scientific studies have linked marijuana use to an increased risk of developing psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia. (more)

Hundreds attend yoga session in Washington, DC ahead of International Yoga Day
19 June 2022 - Hundreds of people participated in a yoga session organized by the Indian Embassy at the iconic Washington Monument in Washington, DC ahead of the International Yoga Day (June 21). The participants of the event held on Saturday were from different walks of life, including the US administration, Congress, industry, diplomatic corps, media, and the Indian diaspora. (more)

Friendly fungi help forests fight climate change
19 June 2022 - A forest is home to billions of living things, some of them too small to be seen by the naked eye. Collectively, these micro-scale species contribute more to our planet than most of us could imagine. While we know that forests play a major role in countering global warming -- acting as reservoirs for carbon -- what is less well understood is how tiny organisms that dwell hidden in the soil help lock away our greenhouse gas emissions. (more)

The race to reclaim the dark skies
19 June 2022 - Although the landscape around them is undergoing change, with new houses, hotels, and developments springing up, residents of West Penwith [England] can feel safe in the knowledge that their night skies will likely be protected for generations to come. This is because in December 2021, the region became a Dark Sky Park: an international marker of exceptionally low light pollution. (more)

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