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1. Australia to plant 1 billion trees to help meet climate targets

SYDNEY - Australia aims to plant a billion trees by 2050 as part of a new forestry plan the government says will help the country meet its Paris Agreement climate targets. A sod-turning spree on that scale would contribute to the removal of 18 million tonnes of greenhouse gas per year by 2030 in a country currently producing in excess of 500 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent per year. Australia has the seventh-largest forested area in the world covering 17 per cent of its land area, according to the government's 2018 State of the Forests report.


2. Perth's first ocean rubbish bin is sucking plenty of plastic out of the sea

Perth surfers Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski garnered international attention in 2015 for their Seabin prototype, which was created after they became frustrated at the amount of rubbish floating in the ocean. The device is about the same size as a standard rubbish bin and is able to trap 20 kilograms of rubbish at a time. "Today we picked up lots of organic leaf waste, a cable tie, two cigarette butts, the top of a fruit juice container, nearly a dozen poly balls, two small plastic wrappers, a dozen bits of micro-plastic, fishing line and plastic curls."


3. Replenishing the world’s forests would suck enough CO2 from the atmosphere to cancel out a decade of human emissions, according to an ambitious new study. Scientists have established there is room for an additional 1.2 trillion trees to grow in parks, woods and abandoned land across the planet.

Dr Crowther said undervaluing trees means scientists have also been massively underestimating the potential for forests to combat climate change. "There's 400 gigatons now, in the 3 trillion trees, and if you were to scale that up by another trillion trees that's in the order of hundreds of gigatons captured from the atmosphere - at least 10 years of anthropogenic emissions completely wiped out," he said. Dr Crowther discussed his findings at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington DC. Full restoration of all sites identified is clearly unrealistic, but tree planting is increasingly being recognised as a critical activity to preserve life on Earth.


4. Inmate saves baby from locked SUV using his car theft skills

A group of deputies and some unlikely good Samaritans rushed to help save a 1-year-old locked in an SUV in New Port Richey, Florida. One inmate used a clothes hanger to unlock the door within minutes. Sheriff Chris Nocco admits it was a unique situation, allowing an inmate to use his skill set to break into a car for the right reasons.


5. Man looking to trade in car gives it to nursing student instead.

KGTV reported that Kayla Cooper was at a used car dealership in El Cajon, California, and was trying to get a lower down payment to get a car. According to KGTV, the nursing student was borrowing cars from family and friends to get to work. "It's a whole car. How can someone be so generous to give their car away?".


6. Penn State THON 2019 raises $10,621,683.76 to fight childhood cancer

The anticipated moment at the conclusion of THON is finally here. 93, even after phasing out a former fundraising tactic involving canning. Stick with the Collegian for more reactions from the BJC after THON 2019.


7. Milwaukee Bus Driver Honored For Helping Homeless Man Get Food And Shelter

A Milwaukee bus driver is being praised for the way she helped a homeless passenger get some needed assistance. In October, bus driver Natalie Barnes started talking with a passenger named Richard, who told her he has been homeless for a week, since the place where he had been living was condemned. "At some point in our lives, everybody needs help," Barnes said in a Milwaukee County Transit System blog post.


8. New research could help dogs with a common cancer get better treatment and help save lives.

The availability of such a test would help to ensure that dogs affected by this type of cancer receive the right treatment, and would reduce the number of dogs who unnecessarily receive treatment that is not beneficial. The results of the research could promote the trials of new anti-tumour spread drugs in dogs affected by mast cell tumours predicted to spread. "The findings of the research study is the result of many years work and are important because so many dogs are affected by cutaneous mast cell tumours," said Dr Mike Starkey. "The Animal Health Trust is the only charity with a dedicated canine cancer research group in the UK. Significantly, anything we learn about a cancer in dogs may help understanding of the corresponding cancer in humans."


9. Inmate saves baby from locked SUV using his car theft skills

NEW PORT RICHEY, Florida - A group of deputies and some unlikely good Samaritans rushed to help save a 1-year-old locked in an SUV in New Port Richey, Florida. One inmate used a clothes hanger to unlock the door within minutes. Sheriff Chris Nocco admits it was a unique situation, allowing an inmate to use his skill set to break into a car for the right reasons.


10. Flanders to plant 10 million tree's by the people for the people

BOS+ daagt Vlaanderen uit om de komende jaren samen niet minder dan 10 Miljoen Bomen aan te planten. Maar toen we in 2008 het plan opvatten om op 4 jaar tijd 1 miljoen nieuwe bomen te planten met en door Vlamingen, leek ook dat een onhaalbare kaart. Hoog tijd dus voor een nieuwe uitdaging, en ditmaal wordt de lat héél hoog gelegd, want BOS+ streeft nu naar 10 Miljoen Bomen, voor en door Vlamingen geplant.


11. Northampton mosque raises £1,000 in just one morning to help fund new hospital buggy

The congregation of a Northampton mosque needed just a single morning service to raise over £1,000 for the town's hospital. In just a single morning congregation on February 8, the mosque in St George's Street raised £1,044.15 to help the hospital. "Alison McCulloch of Northamptonshire Health Charitable Fund said:"Unfortunately, we can't have just an ordinary golf buggy due to the narrow corridors and tight corners in the hospital, so the buggy we need has to be made to measure for our hospital.


12. Taco Bell employee’s inspirational messages praised by customers

Kelly Stewart, a 27-year-old Taco Bell employee in upstate New York, decided to use her platform to spread encouraging messages to her customers - and they appreciate it. Stewart, who has been working at the Tex-Mex chain since last fall, began writing inspirational quotes and putting them in customers' orders in an effort to help make a positive impact on their day. Heather O'Donnell, one of Stewart's customers, told Syracuse.com that seeing the message in her order restored her faith in others.


13. Mountain lion in California tree 'rescued' by firefighters

US firefighters arrived at the property in San Bernardino after the mountain lion - or cougar - was spotted perched on a branch about 50ft high. "It is common for young mountain lions to wander outside what some would consider normal habitat in an attempt to establish their territory," said Kevin Brennan, a biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. "Leaving the lion in the tree would not have been safe for the community," Mr Fischer added in a statement posted on the San Bernardino County Fire Facebook account. Mountain lion attacks are rare, with fewer than a dozen people killed in more than a century, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials. Earlier this month, a man running on a popular park trail in the mountains of northern Colorado killed a mountain lion after it pounced on him from behind.




16. Mountain lion in California tree 'rescued' by firefighters

US firefighters arrived at the property in San Bernardino after the mountain lion - or cougar - was spotted perched on a branch about 50ft high. "Leaving the lion in the tree would not have been safe for the community," Mr Fischer added in a statement posted on the San Bernardino County Fire Facebook account. Mountain lion attacks are rare, with fewer than a dozen people killed in more than a century, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials.


17. How a stray puppy rescued from a trash pit became a movie star

Out on an unrelated call, Buhler spotted and approached what she recalled was a noticeably skittish dog emerging from the dump. Cameron is a prolific author who specializes in dog books, perhaps most notably "A Dog's Purpose," which was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly five months and was made into a 2017 movie starring Dennis Quaid. Two promising canine candidates already hadn't panned out, and a third possible Bella had been adopted out of a Los Angeles shelter the night before Miller was scheduled to meet and videotape the dog.


18. Former President Jimmy Carter on ‘kiss cam’ again at age 94

There's never been any question about who former President Jimmy Carter's valentine is. The 94-year-old Carter and his wife Rosalynn smooched again during the "Kiss cam" promotion at the Hawks-Knicks game on Valentine's Day Thursday at State Farm Arena. The Carters were honored by the Hawks for their humanitarian efforts Thursday night.


19. NASA twins study shows year in space put U.S. astronaut’s immune system on alert

Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly's immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers said Friday. Scientists don't know if the changes were good or bad but results from a unique NASA twins study are raising new questions for doctors as the space agency aims to send people to Mars. Astronauts launch into orbit with their own germs and get exposed to their crewmates' germs and then after a week with nothing else new in the "Very sterile environment" of a space station "Your immune system is really not challenged," Linenger said.


20. ESPN feature on football coach with no arms, legs debuts

The last we heard from Rob Mendez, the football coach born without arms and legs, he was hoping to become a head coach after years as an assistant. Kristen Lappas, who produced the feature, caught wind of Mendez's story a couple of years ago while in the Bay Area for ESPN. Sitting in a coffee shop, she noticed a feature about the coach in this publication - "No arms, no legs, no problem: San Jose coach defies the odds." ESPN spent about 20 days with the coach between June and November, capturing little and big moments as Mendez molded the team into a winning one.


21. Saudi naval forces rescue sick French sailor

JEDDAH: Royal Saudi Naval Forces and the Saudi Arabian Border Guards rescued a 72-year-old French sailor after he fell ill while on a yacht in international waters. A Border Guards spokesman, Lt. Musfer Al-Quraini, said the search and rescue coordination center in Jeddah had been contacted by the French Gris-Nez Maritime Rescue Coordination Center to report that a crew member on the yacht had experienced a severe medical condition requiring evacuation. The French Gris-Nez Maritime Rescue Coordination Center thanked the JMRCC for rescuing the sailor.


22. Teacher chops off hair to match bullied student’s style

A kindergarten teacher cut her hair after one of her students was bullied for having a shorter 'do. Shannon Grimm, who teaches at Meador Elementary School, in Willis, Texas decided over winter break to change her style, according to Today. Before Grimm decided to cut her hair, her friends discouraged her, saying there were others ways of teaching students life lessons.


23. Reliance Foundation in India reaches out to families of martyrs of Pulwama terrorist attack wants to offer education and employment to their children, livelihood of the families and possible health treatment for injured

Pulwama attack: Reliance Foundation reaches out to families of jawans, wants to offer education to children - The Economic TimesLATEST NEWS Drag according to your convenience. ET NOW RADIO. ET NOW. TIMES NOW. MUMBAI: Reliance Foundation on Saturday expressed readiness to take on the responsibility of education and employment of the children of the 40 CRPF personnel who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack. Reliance Foundation 1550301971000 "The entire Reliance Parivar fully shares the outrage of 1.3 billion Indians at the barbaric terrorist attack on a CRPF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway on Thursday, in which 40 brave jawans were martyred."No evil power in this world can break India's unity or our resolve to defeat terrorism, which is an enemy of humanity," said the foundation.


24. Pit bull saves New York family from gas leak in home.

"The dog then ran and took the officers through several streets, and then led them back to the dog's residence into the backyard," Tuckahoe Police Department Lt. Lawrence Rotta told WABC. Police smelled gas coming from the home once Sadie led them back. "The dog saved the house from a potential gas explosion and gas leak," Rotta said. Costello said it was the only time since Sadie has been in her family that she's run away from home, adding that she thinks Sadie sensed Costello and her 4-year-old daughter were in danger.


25. Tennessee becomes first state in the South with hate crime law protecting transgender people

"A defendant who targets a person for a crime because that person is transgender has targeted the person because of his or her gender within the meaning" of the current state law that outlines sentence enhancements for hate crimes, Slatery wrote. The transgender flag hangs out of a coat pocket during the candlelight vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance on Haynie's Corner in Evansville, Indiana, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018.Tennessee does not have an explicit hate crime charge, though the General Assembly in 2000 added a hate crime factor to judges' sentencing rules for crimes targeting a person based on race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or gender. Stewart sought clarification from Slatery on whether transgender people would be covered after a discussion last year in a Senate committee regarding a bill filed by Sen. Sara Kyle, D-Memphis, to add gender identity and expression to Tennessee's hate crime sentencing law.