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Why Ships are Slowing Down to Save the Puget Sound Orca

Sea vessels moving through a busy channel of Washington’s San Juan Islands have been slowing down to reduce noise to protect the orca population. A two-month trial led by Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has encouraged cruise ships, ferries and other commercial vessels to slow their speed to 11 knots from the typical 13 to 18 knots. “Just by listening to the ocean, it becomes quite clear that ships are dominating the landscape,” said Scott Veirs, a marine biologist with Beam Reach. Fortunately, many industrial participants such as Washington State Ferries and Holland America Line have been eager to get involved with the two-month study, slowing their boats to help the conservation...

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This Incredible Woman Went from Homeless to Harvard Grad

Norma Heath is not the average Harvard graduate. This 51-year-old was definitely no high school valedictorian. She wasn’t born with a silver spoon, either. In fact, Norma spent more than 12 years living on the streets. Now, however, she’s the proud owner of a degree in psychology from one of the country’s most prestigious universities. To help put that accomplishment in perspective, you should know that: Only 5.4 percent of students that apply to Harvard get in A year at Harvard costs $63,025 In a recent interview with WCVB-TV,  Norma said that she owed her success to two things:...

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France Moves to Ban Fossil-Fuel Cars

Environmental Minister Nicolas Hulot announced that by 2040, France plans to end the sale of vehicles powered by fossil fuels as part of its commitment to the Paris Agreement. The announcement was made one day before the Group of Twenty (G20) summit began and one day after Volvo announced that by 2019 all of its vehicles will be either electric or hybrids. “One of the symbolic acts of the plan is that France, which previously had made the promise to divide its greenhouse gas emissions by four by 2050, has decided to become carbon neutral by 2050 following the U.S....

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Exposed: Bali Tourists Fed Dog Meat Disguised as Chicken

Animal advocacy organization Animals Australia has discovered that tourists in Bali have been fed dog meat believing it to be chicken satay. Video evidence shows dogs kidnapped, tied up, and caged — sometimes for days at a time without food and water — before they are brutally slaughtered. An undercover investigator for Animals Australia spent months documenting Bali’s dog meat industry, witnessing the stealing and killing of the innocent pups. “I focused on my camera work, but it was gut-wrenching to hear these dogs screaming and wailing in terror and sorrow,” the investigator told ABC. While dog meat is...

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Amber’s Donkey: Mute Girl Speaks for the First Time to Rescue Animal

It was 2010 and Shocks, a donkey currently living at the Donkey Sanctuary’s Assisted Therapy Centre, was recused from a farm in Galway, Ireland. He was found with a rope tied so tightly around his neck that he suffered from open wounds and lacerations. Today he lives a free, happy life helping those with emotional, cognitive and physical challenges. Around the same time Shocks was rescued, Tracy Austwick gave birth to twin girls, born prematurely at just 26 weeks old. One of the babies, Amber, was rushed into surgery for an emergency tracheostomy within minutes of her birth. Her parents were immensely grateful that the surgery saved her life, but...

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Truck Tires Recycled into Most Gorgeous Shoes and Purses Ever

Twenty-three-year-old Mabel Stuglo launched the sustainable and humanitarian EcoShoe Project in Ghana in 2013, performing environmental and socio-economic feats by collecting disposed-of car tires, fabric remnants, and other found materials and transforming them into wearable works of art. The business employs disabled artisans who other companies won’t hire, trains them, and sets them on the path to financially independence. Mabel was inspired to build a business utilizing disabled employees after noticing that disabled people were treated unfairly and considered  a burden to their families. Tragically, they are often perceived as having nothing to contribute to society. But in reality, they can blossom...

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#20PercentCounts Campaign Launched for Equal Pay Day, Targeting Gender Pay Gap

This year, April 4 is Equal Pay Day, which is the day that marks how far into 2017 women needed to work to earn what men were paid in 2016. To highlight the day, LeanIn.Org has launched the #20PercentCounts campaign, bringing together over 80 businesses to bring greater awareness to the gender pay gap. In the United States, a woman is paid an average of 20 percent less than her male counterpart. For women of color, the gap is even larger (for example, Hispanic women are estimated to be paid 46 percent less). Several large companies have teamed up with LeanIn.Org to offer...

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Actor Colin Farrell Helps Raise Awareness for Special Needs Kids and Adults

At the annual The Power of Possibilities event, held by special-needs focused nonprofit Gatepath, guest speaker Colin Farrell opened up about his experiences — and got deeply personal. Farrell, the parent of a child with special needs, described what it felt like to be told his now 13-year-old son would never be able to walk: “I learned early on that you can’t let others put limitations on your child,” Farrell said. “Your child will decide what his or her limitations will be. Think about how important a child’s first steps are in their development. When my son took his...

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