Rare two-headed snake found in Florida
Florida’s latest salvo in the Bingo game that is 2020 is a two-headed snake.Images of the snake were posted to the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s Facebook page.“A rare two-headed southern black racer was recently found at a residence in Palm Harbor by Kay Rogers and family,” reads the post.FWC said the split heads on a single body is known as bicephaly, and it occurs while the snake is developing as an embryo “when two monozygotic twins failed to separate, leaving the heads conjoined onto a single body.”The snake is now in the care of FWC staff.“Two-headed snakes are unlikely to su...
‘Zero-deforestation’ paper giant APRIL justifies clearing of Sumatran peatland
JAKARTA — Activists have slammed one of the world’s biggest pulp and paper companies for clearing peatland in Indonesia despite its zero-deforestation pledge. They say Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL) should have restored the previously burned area instead of cultivating it.The peat clearing, allegedly done by APRIL mill operator and subsidiary PT Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper (RAPP), was first reported by villagers in Indonesia’s Riau province, on the island of Sumatra, to NGOs operating in the region in July 2020.One of those NGOs, Jikalahari, launched an investigati...
Trinidad & Tobago team reports ‘minimal to no risk’ of an oil spill from stranded Venezuelan tanker
The FSO (Floating Storage and Offloading Unit) Nabarima, the vessel in danger of sinking and creating a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Paria. Screenshot taken from a video uploaded by Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, the Trinidad and Tobago-based non-governmental organisation that raised the alarm about the situation.This article was originally published on Cari-Bois News. An edited and updated version is republished here as part of a content sharing agreement with Global Voices.The first non-Venezuelan-led assessment of the status of the FSO Nabarima, a Venezuelan oil tanker sinking in the Gu...
Coke dropping half its drink brands
Coca-Cola on Thursday said it is dropping half its drink brands, most of them sold outside the United States.All told, the 200 brands slated to be discontinued account for only about 1% of the company’s profits. They consume too much attention and resources, Coke leaders said.Meanwhile, the Atlanta-based beverage giant reported continued financial pain from the pandemic. The company’s chief executive said that’s easing, but warned “the world is in a fragile state.”Coca-Cola previously announced eliminations of Tab, the company’s first diet soda, as well as Zico coconut water, Odwalla juices, C...
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Trinidad says idle Venezuela oil vessel not a threat. Environmentalists are not convinced
The government of Trinidad and Tobago said Thursday that a floating oil-storage vessel with nearly 55 million gallons of Venezuelan crude oil off its coast is not taking on water and shows no sign of capsizing and creating an environmental disaster off the coast of South America.Trinidad Energy Minister Franklin Khan also confirmed reports that Venezuela had started to transfer the crude oil onboard the FSO Nabarima to a tanker via a barge. Khan said while the process of emptying the 1.3 million barrels of oil from the Nabarima is safe, they are concerned about the inordinate amount of time — ...
Commentary: The case for giving everyone a job
We are in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.In less than a year, COVID-19 — and the Trump administration’s lack of leadership — has killed more than 217,000 Americans and left more than 7 million infected. Today, one in 10 Americans is unemployed, and many more are underemployed or at risk of being furloughed or fired.Federal weekly unemployment benefits have expired and people cannot pay their bills. With the expiration of the federal eviction moratorium, 23 million people risk losing their homes. On top of all this, the West Coast is still on fire and the worst effects of ...
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Paper giant APRIL linked to Borneo forest clearing despite zero-deforestation vow
JAKARTA — Pulp and paper giant Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL) has allegedly violated its own sustainability commitment by purchasing wood from a company clearing rainforest in Indonesian Borneo, according to a new report.APRIL is one of the world’s biggest producers of pulpwood, from which paper and related products are made. Since 2015 it has committed to not harvesting wood pulp from natural and peat forests.But the new report by a coalition of environmental NGOs alleges that APRIL has been sourcing some of its wood pulp from PT Adindo Hutani Lestari (AHL), a c...
An international flying squirrel trafficking ring has been busted in Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A group of poachers set 10,000 traps and captured about 3,600 wild flying squirrels in Florida before putting them on an exotic pet pipeline that sent the animals to Asia.That’s according to Florida wildlife officials who announced Monday that seven people have been arrested after a 19-month investigation.The total retail value of the squirrels on the international pet market is believed to be over $1 million, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.The investigation was launched in January 2019 after a tipster made a complaint to the commission about...
La Niña: Is California heading into another drought?
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Federal scientists say that La Niña — the phenomenon where Pacific Ocean waters off South America are cooler than normal — is underway this winter.A commonly held assumption among many Californians is that La Niña means a dry winter is coming, and in years when the opposite occurs, El Niño, a wet winter is considered more likely.So brown lawns and water rationing are just around the corner, right?Not necessarily. Looking at historical records, there isn’t a clear pattern. In the Bay Area, La Niña years have been drier than normal only about half the time.Since 1954, there ha...
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Woman who survived cancer, a house fire, and husband's accident now uses cleaning to help others
PHILADELPHIA — Betty Dorsey knows all about overcoming obstacles. She’s gotten through breast cancer, her husband’s truck accident and resulting unemployment, and a house fire. Who knew all those hardships would eventually lead her to start her own business and become an author and mentor?The Chichester, Pa., resident has just published “Ready, Set, Go! Action Plan to a Clutter Free and Healthy Home Environment,” a guide she created in collaboration with the Chester Housing Authority. She became acquainted with the Authority in 2008, when she applied for and moved into CHA’s Housing Choice Vou...
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