In spite of the challenges Ukraine has faced defending itself from Russian, a Ukrainian energy company has finished the construction of the first 114 megawatts (MW) of a 500 MW wind farm. For details on this story, click HERE.
EPA Proposes Restricting “Forever Chemicals” in Drinking Water
The US Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to limit hazardous chemical, polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), aka “forever chemicals” in drinking water. These chemicals are used in non-stick surfaces and being resistant to oil and water are hard to break down. This is something my region of coastal North Carolina has been fighting for years. Here’s more from AXIOS.
People Live Longer in Countries with Gender Equality
A study of 156 countries showed a correlation between gender equality and longevity for both women and men. The biggest connection showed up in the area of education. While this may not be a surprise, it’s good to have the published research. NPR has details HERE.
An Indian Mining Community is Switching from Coal to Forest Fruits and Flowers
The state of Chhattisgarh in India is moving away from opening new coal mines and toward supporing the harvest of forest goods like tamarind, cashew nuts, flowers, and medicinal seeds. Sushma Netam, who oversees the state program has reported an increase in fmaily incomes since setting a minimum price prompts middlemen and traders to pay a fair price. You can read more about this green economy at Good Good Good.
EPA Finally Bans Pesticide Linked to Neuroligical Problems in Children
After years of pressure, the US Environmental Protection Agency is following the scienc to ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos which has been linked to neurological problems in children. The chemical will be banned from food crops, but has not yet been banned for use on golf courses. For details, see US News and World Report.
97 Year Old Encourages Others to Join her in Saving Butterflies
Just a few years ago, Gwen Erickson, 97, of Minnesota started raising and releasing endangered monarch butterflies. She collects the eggs to let them go through metamorphosis in relative safety for a better survival rate. Read more and see her getting a butterfly kiss here in this article from Postbulletin.com.
Cat Helps Rescuers Find 83 Year Old Woman
Piran, a black cat whose 83 year old guardian went missing was meowing persistently by a gate to a cornfield. When rescuers searched the field, they found where the woman had fallen into a ravine. Here’s the video:
Here’s more of the story from the Good News Network.