Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Anandita Mehta

Scientists resurrect long-extinct plants

Amidst global warming and climate change, the earth is losing many animal and plant species, with the United Nations reporting that more species are facing extinction today than ever before. Protecting these extinct species often comes in the form of protecting their environments and natural habitats, but scientists stumbled upon another way to revive extinct plant species — growing trees from seeds that are 2000 years old.

Boeing announces software updates for 737 Max

On March 27, Boeing declared that the flight control system — which has been connected to the cause of the crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed 346 people — will be updated, according to CNet.

Senator to vote against emergency declaration

On Feb. 26, the House passed a resolution opposing President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency in order to obtain funding for the construction of the border wall, CNN reported.

Ocasio-Cortez introduces Green New Deal to public

On Feb. 7, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), unveiled the first draft of the Green New Deal, according to Time Magazine.

New Yorkers protest Amazon HQ2 location

Amazon ended its yearlong search for a location for its new headquarters — the corporation opted to split its headquarters into two locations –– Long Island City, New York and Crystal City, Virginia, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Destructive floods threaten historical Italian sites

Italy faces historic flooding from a thunderstorm and hurricane system on Oct. 29 that affected the country from Sicily, an island in the southern part of the country, to the Piedmont region, in the north, according to The New York Times.

Thousands die in Indonesian earthquake

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Sept. 28, generating a massive tsunami in its wake, according to Al Jazeera. The death toll from the combined disasters reached 1,571 as of Oct. 5.

Hurricane Florence leaves path of destruction in Carolinas

Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm with maximum winds of 90 mph on Sept 14, at 7:15 a.m.

Stabbing sparks massive refugee policy protests in Germany

Protesters for and against Germany’s refugee policies clashed in the streets in the German city of Chemnitz on Sept. 1, following the stabbing of a 35-year-old German carpenter, according to Al Jazeera.

US troops prepare for deployment to Mexican border

Defense Secretary James Mattis approved Pentagon funding on April 6 for the deployment of 4,000 National Guardsmen to the U.S.-Mexico border, according to CNBC.

Hong Kong elections prove political polarization

Pro-democracy voters in Hong Kong failed to fulfill their goal of drawing power away from China’s Communist government after winning only half of the vacant legislative spots in by-elections on March 11, according to Reuters.

China abolishes 10-year presidential term limit

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced his intent to abolish the nation’s two-term limit for presidents on Sunday, Feb. 25, according to The New York Times.

Bus wreck kills 19 in Hong Kong

Hong Kong suffered its deadliest traffic-related incident since 2003 on Feb. 11, when a double-decker bus crashed and overturned in a rural area of the city, killing 19 and injuring 65, according to The New York Times.

North Korea to compete in winter Olympics

Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, announced on Jan. 17 that North and South Korea will participate together in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games as a joint team under a joint flag, according to BBC.

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