Planet SOS: Amazon fires fears rainforest will become desert
Last month, the number of wildfires in the Amazon tripled compared with the previous year.
Wildfires are still burning in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, which is often referred to as the “green lungs” of the planet.
The fires have prompted a warning from some scientists that escalating deforestation could eventually turn the rainforest into a dry savanna.
Despite a ban on fires for land-clearing, the Amazon is burning at a rate not seen in almost a decade.
Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports from Chapada dos Guimaraes in the state of Mato Grosso.
Man charged after over $25,000 of cocaine seized in New Tecumseth: OPP
A 35-year-old man has been charged after cocaine with a street value of over $25,000 was seized on Thursday, Nottawasaga OPP say.
A warrant was executed at home in New Tecumseth on Thursday, police say.
In addition to cocaine, officers say weapons and cash were also seized.
The suspect was charged with drug trafficking and weapons-related offences, OPP say.
The accused will appear in court in Bradford on Oct. 17, police add.
Sanjay Shah Is Beyond Meat’s Global Operations Head
Beyond Meat Inc. (BYND), the meatless burger and sausage maker, announced the appointment of Sanjay Shah as Chief Operating Officer.
Shah will assume the responsibility for Beyond Meat’s global operations and production, effective September 18.
“It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome Sanjay Shah to Beyond Meat as our Chief Operating Officer. Sanjay brings a wealth of experience in scaling and operating very high growth businesses, none more important in our consideration than Amazon, where Sanjay managed a majority percentage of North American fulfillment over the course of his career,” said Ethan Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Meat.
Before joining Beyond Meat, hah served as Senior Vice President of Energy Operations at Tesla, where he was responsible for the worldwide Energy business and led the North America Sales/Services/Delivery for Automotive.
From January 2011 to May 2018, Shah held a variety of leadership roles at Amazon, including as Vice President of North American Fulfillment Centers.
Car Repair Shops Love Gullible Millennials
Millennials and Generation Zs, or people aged between 18 to 34 year, pay more for car repairs, according to a new survey.
The average American spent $1,986 over the past five years on vehicle repairs and maintenance, according to a survey by Ally Financial conducted by Harris Poll.
However, among millennials and Generation Zs, which is 18 to 34 year olds, that average was rose to $2,334. People 55 and older spent $1,654 on average, 35- to 44-year-olds spent $1,978 and 45- to 54-year-olds spent $2,135.
According to the report, youngsters had to spend more on car repairs because they are more likely to own older cars ad well as they are more likely to have longer commutes to jobs than their older counterparts.
“Many Americans rely on their cars to get to work, and losing access to your vehicle can be a major disruption and huge source of stress -particularly if you can’t cover the repair cost,” said Mark Manzo, president of insurance at Ally Financial. “The financial strain can be even more daunting for young people who are early in their careers and may be paying down student loan debt as well.
The report also says that two-thirds of 18- to 24-year-olds lack any emergency savings.
‘We’re Running Out of Time’: Images of the Global Climate Strike
A little more than a year after 16-year-old Greta Thunberg began her lone school strike outside Swedish parliament, protesters poured into the streets of cities all over the globe on Friday to emphasize the urgency of acting to address the climate crisis. The strikes are timed to send a message to world leaders who are scheduled to meet in New York on Monday for the United Nations Climate Summit. The strike is anticipated to be the largest global action on climate in the planet’s history. Thunberg, who sailed to the U.S. earlier this month, is leading the New York strike.
Images have been pouring out of social media showing massive crowds, from Paris to Islamabad, Dublin to Boston, New York to Cape Town:
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Google Announces 18 New Deals Towards Clean Energy
Google announced a batch of renewable energy deals totaling 1.6 GW through 18 acquisitions spread across three continents.
The deals are intended to “spur the construction of more than $2 billion in new energy infrastructure,” the company said. Google said the deals will increase its worldwide portfolio of wind and solar agreements by more than 40 percent, to 5.5 GW. Google’s projects will be built across the U.S., Europe and in Chile.
“We’re not buying power from existing wind and solar farms, but instead are making long-term purchase commitments that result in the development of new projects,” said CEO Sundar Pichai.
In the U.S., Google will purchase solar energy from a 155 MW project in North Carolina, 75 MW in South Carolina and 490 MW in Texas. The company says these deals are “more than doubling the capacity of our global solar portfolio to date.”
“Up to now, most of our renewable energy purchases in the U.S. have been wind-driven, but the declining cost of solar (down more than 80% in the past decade) has made harnessing the sun increasingly cost-effective,” Pichai said.
Meanwhile, Amazon on Thursday announced its plans to go 100% renewable energy by 2030.