Justin Bieber effect leads to closure of Icelandic canyon

Fjarrgljfur closed off to protect it from fans after it starred in pop stars video With one music video, Justin Bieber has made a pristine Icelandic canyon famous around the world. And thats the problem. Icelandic environmental officials have had to close off Fjarrgljfur to protect it from the hordes of Bieber fans who are determined to visit the site, which is featured in the video for Ill Show You. But these Ill Show You by Justin Bieber Its just one example of the challenges to Icelands fragile environment posed by its growing popularity with international visitors. Last year 2.3 million tourists visited the North Atlantic island nation, compared with 600,000 eight years ago. The 20% annual rise in visitors …

The Chernobyl Disaster May Have Also Built a Paradise

Until the 19th century, the Pripyat River basin on the border between Ukraine and Belarus was wetland and forest. As usual, humans kind of ruined it. They burned down forest for pastureland and cut down trees for timber—or for fuel to make glass and vodka. By the middle of the 20th century, most of that industry was gone, and human-driven reforestation efforts had remade the Pripyat region anew. And then, on April 26, 1986, a nuclear power plant called Chernobyl, on the Pripyat River about 70 miles north of Kiev, blew up and caught fire, spewing radiation across the northern hemisphere. So that was a big change. The Soviets ended up evacuating 300,000 people from nearly 2,000 square miles around …

Brexit: Irish backstop could undermine EU standards, report says

Study for German Green party says backstop could let UK flout EU green and social standards It is a dastardly trap, designed to lock freedom-loving Britain into the European Unions protectionist customs union: that is the argument against the so-called backstop, cited by hardline Brexit advocates as the main reason why they have thrice voted down Theresa Mays deal with the European Union. But as the dust settles after months of chaos in Westminster, suspicions are growing on the other side of the Channel that the backstop could in fact be the very opposite: a brilliant deception device constructed by crack UK negotiators, which would allow a more reckless British prime minister to undermine the EUs green and social standards …

Cyclone Idai death toll passes 750 with more than 110,000 now in camps

Devastated areas of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi brace for the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera and malaria Cyclone Idais death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the storm, as workers try to restore electricity and water and prevent an outbreak of cholera. In Mozambique the number of dead has risen to 446, with 259 dead in Zimbabwe and at least 56 dead in Malawi. All numbers for deaths are still preliminary, said Mozambiques environment minister, Celso Correia. As flood waters recede and more bodies are discovered, the final death toll in Mozambique alone could be above the early estimate of 1,000 made by the countrys president a few …

‘It was like Woodstock’: inside the town hit by super bloom mania

An influx of visitors, eager for Instagram fodder, prompted Lake Elsinores mayor to shut down access to a flower-covered canyon The town of Lake Elsinore sits at the edge of a canyon newly bursting with color. Fields of poppies, lupins and other wildflowers spill across hillsides usually covered with brown, scrubby plants as though poured from a bucket of paint. In the last few weeks, large swaths of southern California have been transformed into a colorful canvas of flowers. This type of super bloom has happened before, but this year is especially intense an unusually wet winter following years of drought, combined with the aftermath of a brutal wildfire season, has set the stage for what many predicted has become …

Meet the street nun helping people make a living from New York’s cans

There are somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 people in the city who make their living picking up cans and bottles On a Saturday afternoon in early November, about 30 people are watching a documentary inside a shack in the heart of Bushwick, a post-industrial neighborhood in Brooklyn. They are all canners people who make a living redeeming empty cans and bottles, five cents apiece. Although they all got up before the sun and have worked in the cold for hours, no one looks like theyre about to fall asleep. All eyes on the screen. The short film, streamed from YouTube and projected on a white sheet, is about a workers cooperative in Argentina. The screening was organized by Ana Martnez …

Japan Calls On Its Citizens To Help Collect Old Electronics To Create 100% Recycled Tokyo 2020 Medals

TeamUSA The committee states on their page that they are aiming for 100% recycled content, which will be a first in the game’s history: “We will target a 100% recycling rate in the refining of gold, respecting the environment by using scrap metals in the manufacture of medals, and employing Japanese technological expertise.” TeamUSA While using some recycled materials is not an entirely new concept the committee wanted to take things a step further by involving their citizens in this environmentally friendly push, another first for the games. Citizens within Japan will be able to donate their consumer electronics directly to the cause. Shutterstock Donations for the Medal Project began in October of 2018 with a goal of 2,700 kgs …