A professor from the University of Arkansas has discovered the oldest known bald cypress tree in the world in a North Carolina swamp. The tree is at least 2,624 years old and was dating using nondestructive core samples. The ancient tree is a part of a larger intact ecosystem spanning nearly 65 miles of the Black River and scientists say that older trees may still be out there, waiting to be found. The ancient bald cypress trees that have been tested have given scientists an additional 900 years of climate data in the southeast. They show records of both flooding and drought during colonial and pre-colonial times that have not been seen in modern times. New report finds that 96 percent of our national parks have air quality issues Nearly all countries agree to reduce plastic waste—except for the United States Nearly every country in the world, except for the United States, has agreed upon a legally binding framework to reduce pollution from plastic waste. According to the agreement, countries have committed to monitoring and tracking plastic waste once it leaves their borders. Each country will have to determine how they will comply with the agreement and experts say that even the United States and the few other countries that refused to sign may be impacted when their waste is shipped to countries that have agreed to the deal. The agreement will also likely lead to customs agents keeping an eye out for other waste that enters their countries, like electronic and hazardous waste. Rare tree discovered in North Carolina swamp A report released this week by the National Parks Conservation Association found that 96 percent of the country’s national parks have hazardous air quality issues. In 88 percent of the parks, the report found that air quality is hazardous enough to impact sensitive species. Some of the most popular parks in the country like Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Mojave national preserve recorded up to two months with dangerous ozone levels last year. In most of the parks, dangerous levels happened in the summer months and corresponded with peak times for visitors. In addition to harming the sensitive species in the parks, bad air quality can negatively impact humans by damaging lungs, exaggerating inflammation and weakening immune systems. Environmentalists worry that the problem will only get worse under the Trump administration, which has overseen an 85 percent drop in pollution enforcement by the EPA.
President Martin Vizcarra, speaking earlier on Thursday from a public event to pay tribute to 120 doctors who have died from COVID-19, blamed the recent spike in infections on an uptick in social and sporting events and a lax attitude by the public.”There has been too much confidence on the part of the population,” Vizcarra said.”Let’s learn from history, correct mistakes and now we are united despite the discrepancies in some of the decisions that are made,” he added.Vizcarra on Wednesday banned family gatherings, reinstated a blanket Sunday curfew and extended lockdowns to five more regions of the country as figures revealed a 75% surge in infections among children and adolescents.The first case of coronavirus appeared in Peru, the world’s second-largest copper producer, on March 6 and a week later the government imposed a strict quarantine, halting almost all production activity. Its economy is expected to contract this year by 12% under the weight of the pandemic, according to central bank projections. Peru surpassed half a million coronavirus cases and has the highest fatality rate in Latin America, according to health ministry data on Thursday, as the government struggles to contain a recent surge of infections.There have been 507,996 confirmed cases and 25,648 related deaths, vice health minister Luis Suarez said at a news conference.The Andean country has the highest coronavirus death rate in Latin America at 78.6 per 100,000 people, a Reuters tally shows, surpassing hard-hit regional neighbors Chile and Brazil. Topics :
The Nigeria Football Federation have confirmed that Sunday Oliseh has been appointed as the Super Eagles’ boss.The former Nigeria midfielder and captain, who played 63 times for the team, has been named the head-coach, following the sacking of Stephen Keshi.Oliseh met with NFF officials on Tuesday, where an executive committee approved his appointment, however, details of his contract haven’t been made clear.”It’s a great honour to be coach of this great nation,” said Oliseh at the unveiling ceremony in Abuja.”I’m not coming as a messiah. I’m coming as a man who wants to serve his country and give 150%.”Gone are the days when we had individual players who can win games on their own. But we have potential,” he said. He also laid down the law to players of Nigerian origin on his requirements before they can feature for his team.”No player outside of first division in Nigeria or elsewhere will play for the Super Eagles. We will work together with the technical committee because if we fail, they fail,” he concluded.The ex-Nigeria international will now hope to inspire an immediate improvement in the Eagles’ fortunes, starting with a win against Tanzania in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in September.The new boss played for Nigeria from 1993-2002, where he won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994 and Olympic gold in 1996.The 40-year-old played for top European teams before retiring, including Ajax Amsterdam, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports