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Crowdfunding Campaign Saves Pristine Wilderness In Canada's Princess Louisa Inlet

Crowdfunding Campaign Saves Pristine Wilderness In Canada's Princess Louisa Inlet

Princess Louisa Inlet, a fjord located 60 miles from Vancouver, Canada, is a spectacular stretch of remote wilderness. Accessible only by boat or plane, the 3.7-mile-long (6 kilometers) area is popular with outdoor enthusiasts who flock to admire the 120-foot high Chatterbox Falls or to hike the numerous trails to other scenic features. Its dense forests are home to a wide variety of wildlife, including grizzly bears, mountain goats, and eagles. Now, thanks to an unprecedented crowdfunding campaign, the pristine land will be preserved forever for future generations to enjoy.

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Marathon Swimmer Sarah Thomas Makes History With Four Concurrent English Channel Crossings

Marathon Swimmer Sarah Thomas Makes History With Four Concurrent English Channel Crossings

Swimming across the English Channel — the 21-mile-long body of water separating southern England from northern France — is no easy feat. In addition to the strong ocean currents, swimmers also have to endure temperatures that can range from a chilly 64 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius) to a near-freezing 42 degrees Fahrenheit (6 degrees Celsius). However, don't tell that to Sarah Thomas. The 37-year-old American recently became the first person ever to swim across the length of the treacherous stretch of water, which links the southern part of the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, not once, but four times non-stop!

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Dutch Cities Attempt To Restore Bee Population With "Insect Hotels" And "Bee Stops"

Dutch Cities Attempt To Restore Bee Population With "Insect Hotels" And "Bee Stops"

Bees are essential for the pollination of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Sadly, over the past 15 years, the global population of the industrious insects has been declining at alarming rates. Bee Informed Partnership, a collaboration of American insect experts, estimates that between April 1, 2018, and April 1, 2019, the country's managed bee population decreased by 40.7 percent. The numbers are as dire worldwide. Now, some cities in the Netherlands are coming up with innovative ideas to help stem the population decline of these all-important insects.

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Message In A Bottle Saves Stranded California Hikers

Message In A Bottle Saves Stranded California Hikers

Sending a distress message in a bottle would not typically be considered a sensible strategy. However, it miraculously worked for three hikers from Morro Bay, California, who found themselves stranded atop a 40-foot waterfall at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park on California's Central Coast.

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Can A Giant Floating Pumice Rock "Raft" Help Restore Australia's Great Barrier Reef?

Can A Giant Floating Pumice Rock "Raft" Help Restore Australia's Great Barrier Reef?

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, home to over 1,500 fish species and countless other marine animals, is in trouble. Rising ocean temperatures, attributed to climate change, have destroyed about half of its coral since 1998. On August 30, 2019, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority downgraded the ecosystem's condition from "poor" to "very poor" and warned that the window of opportunity to save it was rapidly closing. Now, some scientists are hoping that a gigantic piece of pumice stone currently floating towards Australia will aid in the recovery of the world's largest coral reef system.

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Why Friday The 13th Has A Bad Reputation

Why Friday The 13th Has A Bad Reputation

Though famous American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift may consider 13 her lucky number, millions of people worldwide do not share the sentiment. Things get even worse for the superstitious when the date, as is going to happen this week, coincides with a Friday. While no one knows for sure how Friday the 13th got its fearful reputation, experts have some theories.

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