Alaska’s ‘Into the Wild’ bus was just airlifted away

Alaska’s ‘Into the Wild’ bus was just airlifted away

The abandoned Fairbanks bus made famous by the 2007 movie Into the Wild just got airlifted away from its spot on the side of the Teklanika River. The movie is an adaptation of John Krakaeur’s 1996 novel Into the Wild. The story chronicles real-life adventures of Christopher McCandless. After hitchhiking to Alaska, McCandless stumbled upon … Read more Alaska’s ‘Into the Wild’ bus was just airlifted away

How Soul Fire Farm brings social justice to American agriculture

How Soul Fire Farm brings social justice to American agriculture

In 2010, Leah Penniman co-founded Soul Fire Farm on an 80-acre plot in Petersburg, New York, with a three-tenet mission: create equity in land ownership, reverse the damage caused by industrial agriculture, and distribute fresh produce to people living under food apartheid. The farm is run by Afro-Indigenous people using ancient farming techniques, and equipped … Read more How Soul Fire Farm brings social justice to American agriculture

Scientists want to replace polluting power plants with battery storage

Scientists want to replace polluting power plants with battery storage

Last week’s Climate Win focused on Environmental Justice, a movement that addresses environmental hazards and how they disproportionately affect disadvantaged communities. We have more on that this week, with a dose of good news, with our look at “peaker plants.” Across the US more than 1,000 part-time power plants, or peaker plants, are used only … Read more Scientists want to replace polluting power plants with battery storage

Key West celebrates LGBTQ community with permanent rainbow crosswalks

Key West celebrates LGBTQ community with permanent rainbow crosswalks

Every June, colorful artwork and rainbow crosswalks have filled open spaces throughout Key West, FL. Due to ongoing construction, previous artwork has been a temporary feature, but this year Key West unveiled colorful crosswalks that will now have a permanent home. New rainbow crosswalks made from preformed thermoplastic and enhanced with propane torches for durability … Read more Key West celebrates LGBTQ community with permanent rainbow crosswalks

In ‘Taste the Nation,’ Padma Lakshmi lets Black and Brown people define American cuisine

In ‘Taste the Nation,’ Padma Lakshmi lets Black and Brown people define American cuisine

Food is never just sustenance. Food tethers us to our ancestors; it tracks political upheaval. It guides communities through mourning, sustains them during activism and resistance. Food is comfort, joy, family, and connection — put another way, food is life. That is the message at the core of Padma Lakshmi’s latest endeavor, Taste the Nation. … Read more In ‘Taste the Nation,’ Padma Lakshmi lets Black and Brown people define American cuisine

This double-decker plane seat design could be the future of air travel

This double-decker plane seat design could be the future of air travel

Airplanes might soon get the British bus treatment. To increase comfort and social distance, an ingenious design called Zephyr Seat, featuring double-decker lie-flat seats, is being considered by major airlines. The design, the brainchild of designer Jeffrey O’Neill of Zephyr Aerospace, would allow Economy Plus Class passengers to lie flat or sit upright with their … Read more This double-decker plane seat design could be the future of air travel

Cambodia is asking tourists for a $3,000 coronavirus deposit upon arrival

Cambodia is asking tourists for a $3,000 coronavirus deposit upon arrival

Many countries are doing whatever they can to encourage tourists to book a flight this summer. Cambodia, while not exactly discouraging tourism, is attaching a pretty hefty price tag to an already expensive vacation. The Cambodian government recently announced that incoming visitors will be charged a $3,000 coronavirus deposit, as well as proof of health … Read more Cambodia is asking tourists for a $3,000 coronavirus deposit upon arrival

Juneteenth proves that reform is always slow and often complicated

Juneteenth proves that reform is always slow and often complicated

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger stepped onto the balcony of the Ashton Villa in Galveston, Texas, and read aloud from General Order No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” This declaration, as the tale … Read more Juneteenth proves that reform is always slow and often complicated

A new coronavirus spike in Beijing caused the cancellation of over 1,200 flights

A new coronavirus spike in Beijing caused the cancellation of over 1,200 flights

A recent outbreak of the coronavirus in Beijing, China, shows just how quickly a resurgence can happen, and how swiftly measures must be put into place to contain it. After 57 days without a locally transmitted case in the Chinese capital, a new spike in cases was recorded with a total of 158 infections reported … Read more A new coronavirus spike in Beijing caused the cancellation of over 1,200 flights