Heavy Winds Knock Over Christmas Tree in Front of White House, but It’s Back Upright

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Christmas Tree in front of the White House fell down Tuesday afternoon amid high winter winds. The tree, a 40-foot Norway spruce from West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest, had been planted just two weeks ago on the White House Ellipse, an area known as President’s Park. According to the … Read more

States Recycle and Donate Food Headed to Landfills

[ad_1] ELMSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — When Sean Rafferty got his start in the grocery business, anything that wasn’t sold got tossed out. But on a recent day, Rafferty, the store manager for ShopRite of Elmsford-Greenburgh in New York, was preparing boxes of bread, donuts, fresh produce and dairy products to be picked up by a … Read more

Fires in Brazil Threaten Jaguars, Houses and Plants in the World’s Largest Tropical Wetlands

[ad_1] POCONE, BRAZIL (AP) — Firefighters in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands earlier this month celebrated the end of the fire season on Facebook, saying in a Nov. 7 post that “it is a relief for everyone who lives in the region.” In the first two weeks of November, fires fueled by unusually dry and hot weather … Read more

Climate Change Is Hastening the Demise of Pacific Northwest Forests

[ad_1] SHERWOOD, Ore. (AP) — Deep inside a forest in Oregon’s Willamette Valley stands a dead “Tree of Life.” Its foliage, normally soft and green, is tough and brown or missing altogether. Nonetheless, the tree’s reddish bark, swooping branches and thick, conical base identify it as the Pacific Northwest’s iconic western red cedar. Christine Buhl, … Read more