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Thanks to the efforts of Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, the previous CEO of Patagonia, and the late Doug Tompkins, the co-founder of North Face, Chile has added 11 million acres of protected national parks. The Tompkins Foundation bought one million acres to form a network of 17 national parks along Patagonia that spans most of Chile. The Chilean government agreed to pledge an additional 10 million acres. This expansion will not only create five brand new national parks, it will also add acreage to their other parks.The total 11 million acres of protected land is three times larger than Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks in the US...combined! #news #chile #conservation #nationalparks #southamerica #patagonia #northface #nature #awesome #bestof
Paws for Life is the first program of its kind in California that involves inmates from a high-security prison who are serving life sentences. The program brings shelter dogs to live with the inmates on a full-time basis for a period of 12 weeks. During that time, trainers teach the inmates how to train the dogs so that they can achieve “Canine Good Citizen” certification. Everyone involved greatly benefits from this program: the dogs benefit because once they achieve certification, their chance of being adopted greatly increases. The inmates benefit because they get rehabilitative therapy from being in the dogs’ presence. The program has even positively affected other people throughout the prison who weren’t directly involved: “The calming effect of the staff, the interaction between the staff and inmates is amazing,” says prison warden John Soto. #news #prison #dogs #rehabilitation #california #secondchance #uplifting #goodnews #bestof
MASS SHOOTING AT THE MANDALAY BAY:

Police identified Stephen Paddock, 64, in his high rise hotel after unleashing 100’s of rounds onto a crowd of concert attendees. He was found dead. At least 50 people are confirmed dead and over 400 injured.
Australia is already one the most expensive countries in the world to buy cigarettes, and it's about to get even more expensive. After new legislation was cleared in the Australian parliament, a pack of cigarettes in Australia will cost $40 by the year 2020. In a move that was billed as a health measure by ministers rather than a financial one, the budget papers stated: "One of the most effective ways to discourage smoking is to increase the price of cigarettes." After previous tax increases in 2010 and 2013, the country's smoking population is currently less than 15 percent. #news #cigarettes #australia #smoking #taxes #health #bestof
Oskar Blues Brewery has teamed up with the Ball Corporation and shipped 88,800 cans of fresh water to residents devastated by flooding in the Houston area, according to the Longmont, Colorado-based brewery. Oskar Blues employees stopped canning beer and canned water for nearly 20 hours. Last week, Oskar Blues sent 4,800 cans of water to Denham Springs, LA., in anticipation of the hurricane making landfall. #news #beer #hurricaneharvey #houston #texas #flooding #naturaldisasters #oksarbluesbrewery #gooddeeds #uplifting #awesome #bestof
The former island paradise of Bikini Atoll is slowing coming back to life, 70 years after the United States dropped 23 nuclear bombs on it, including one in 1954 that was 1,100-times larger than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Scientists from Stanford University have discovered an abundance of marine life (schools of fish including tuna, sharks and snapper, and coconut crabs) apparently thriving in the crater of Bikini Atoll, which was declared a nuclear wasteland after the bombings, with its 167 inhabitants moved to other islands. Even though plant, animal and ocean life are showing strong signs of recovery, humans are still unable to live and work on the atoll. Said Steve Palumbi, a professor in marine sciences at Stanford University, “The fact there is life there and the life there is trying to come back from the most violent thing we’ve ever done to it is pretty hopeful.” #news #science #sea #marinelife #nuclear #stanford #pacific #island #nature #amazing #bestof
Scotland is leading the way in the fight against “period poverty” by giving more than 1,000 women and girls on low incomes free sanitary products for six months. The pilot project will focus on seven regeneration areas in Aberdeen. The project, if taken forward, will make Scotland the first country in the world to provide free feminine sanitary products to low-income women and girls. A similar project was established in New York City, but Scotland's is the first country-level plan of its kind. Said Dave Simmers, the pilot's project leader, “The cost of sanitary products are pricey at the best of times and can be exorbitant for many women." #news #women #womenissues #scotland #lowincome #poverty #periodpoverty #femininehygiene #awesome #bestof
This past April seven wolf cubs were born at the Zoologico los Coyotes in Mexico City to a she-wolf named Pearl. The cubs are known as Mexican wolves (Canis lupus baileyi), a small, rare subspecies of the gray wolf. Originally inhabiting the southwestern US and central and northern Mexico, the wolves' numbers started to dwindle at the start of the 20th century as populations of deer and elk declined and the canines turned to cattle for food and ranchers began to kill them off. Since roughly the mid-1900s, Mexican wolves have been an endangered species in both countries. The hope is that these seven cubs — five males and two females — will be healthy enough to eventually be released into the wild to help create more wolves. Next month wildlife experts from the United States and Mexico will compare notes on the populations of these wolves in each country and decide if the seven new cubs can be released. #news #wolves #endangeredspeciies #mexico #cubs #canines #wildanimals #bestof
The French government has announced that parents in France will be legally obliged to vaccinate their children starting in 2018. The World Health Organization has warned of major measles outbreaks spreading across Europe despite the availability of a safe, effective vaccine. French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe stated it was “unacceptable” that children are "still dying of measles.” The announcement follows a similar initiative in Italy, which recently banned non-vaccinated children from attending any state schools. #news #france #vaccinations #anti-vaxxers #europe #medicine #health #disease #children #bestof
Retired mechanic Adi Astl took it upon himself to build a small flight of stairs after several neighbors stumbled down the steep path to a community garden in Tom Riley Park, in Etobicoke, Ontario. The project only ended up costing $550, far less than $65,000-$150,000 price tag the city had estimated for the job. “I thought they were talking about an escalator,” Astl told CTV News Channel. Astl says he hired a homeless person to help him and built the eight steps in a matter of hours. The city is now threatening to tear down the stairs because they were not built to regulation standards. City bylaw officers have taped off the stairs while officials make a decision on what to do with it. However, Astl has not been charged with any sort of violation. #news #canada #parks #stairs #localgovernment #bureaucracy #politics #awesome #bestof
This past April seven wolf cubs were born at the Zoologico los Coyotes in Mexico City to a she-wolf named Pearl. The cubs are known as Mexican wolves (Canis lupus baileyi), a small, rare subspecies of the gray wolf. Originally inhabiting the southwestern US and central and northern Mexico, the wolves' numbers started to dwindle at the start of the 20th century as populations of deer and elk declined and the canines turned to cattle for food and ranchers began to kill them off. Since roughly the mid-1900s, Mexican wolves have been an endangered species in both countries. The hope is that these seven cubs — five males and two females — will be healthy enough to eventually be released into the wild to help create more wolves. Next month wildlife experts from the United States and Mexico will compare notes on the populations of these wolves in each country and decide if the seven new cubs can be released. #news #wolves #endangeredspeciies #mexico #cubs #canines #wildanimals #bestof
The ensuing tax revenue from the $1.3 billion industry in Colorado is helping students pay for college. In Pueblo County, every graduating high school student will qualify for a scholarship funded by pot tax revenue that can be used at local colleges. “I don’t think without this scholarship I could continue my education without taking out loans and worrying about how to pay it back,” Colorado State University freshman Janet Calzadillas stated. Said Pueblo County commissioner Sal Pace, “A couple years ago, these are dollars that would have been going to the black market, drug cartels. Now money that’s used to fund drug cartels is now being used to fund college scholarships.” #news #colorado #marijuana #college #scholarships #taxes #bestof