This week has been non-stop. But it culminated in a million young people across the world calling for climate action. Ahead of the international protest I spoke with two of the U.S. organizers of the Youth Climate Strike. You can read that story here.
This week I learned…
- Scientists have ‘revived’ a 28,000-year-old cell from a woolly mammoth.
- The shells of some marine animals in the Southern Ocean are starting to dissolve due to ocean acidification. (As oceans warm with climate change they get more acidic.)
- Scientists are working to confirm the existence of another species of killer whale. It may be the largest unknown animal left to be discovered.
- Instead of celebrating just four seasons, Japan has 72 “micro-seasons,” many of which last just a few days. This includes “fish emerge from ice” in February, “rotten grass becomes fireflies” in June, and “rainbows hide” in November.
By the numbers…
- $1,000: Amount the U.S. government will pay you to adopt a wild horse.
- 1: Number of Blockbuster video stores left. The last one is located in Oregon.
- $27,000: Value of the goats that went missing in Fresno, California.
- $330,000: Price tag of the electric Aston Martin James Bond will drive in the next movie.
Young people across the world strike for climate action.
What I’m reading…
- A Snowman’s Toils Under the Sun — Kevin Krajick for The Earth Institute at Columbia University’s State of the Planet blog.
- Journey to Antarctica — a series by Jeff Goodell for Rolling Stone.
- Vienna’s Unpredictable Vegetable Orchestra — Eliot Stein for the BBC.
The Canada-Norway moose dispute has been settled. Canada will be upgrading its moose to make it taller and Norway is okay with that. Although Canada conceded Norway’s moose is kinda pretty.
Meanwhile in Vermont a goat has been sworn in as the mayor of a local town.