Florida Rep. Randy Fine has denied he threatened to get the state funding pulled or that he ever spoke about firing the West Melbourne city attorney.
— Read on www.floridatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/04/23/randy-fine-threatened-special-olympics-city-funding-over-personal-spat/7416445001/
Churches in Jerusalem are up in arms against Jewish “radicals” who are settling in the Christian Quarter and threatening a fragile religious balance in the ancient Holy City. The churches have voiced alarm about the trend, as well as acts of vandalism and anti-Christian aggression, arguing the problem extends beyond the ancient heart of Jerusalem.
— Read on www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/jerusalem-s-christian-churches-resist-israeli-settlers/ar-AAWcCYg
The health secretary is considering letting an inquiry access a database of young people already treated.
Source: Sajid Javid to review gender treatment for children – BBC News
But the expansion of farmland has come at the expense of millions of hectares of forest, grassland and wetlands, and the increasing exposure to wind and rain has led to erosion. In the 1950s, the soil was so rich “a pair of chopsticks would sprout in it,” locals said. Now the organic matter in the soil has fallen by as much as 75%, and in some areas, the black soil layer is decreasing by 1 to 2 millimeters a year.
Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences estimate that soybean production will fall by 40% to 60% and corn would barely grow in the region if — in the most extreme scenario — all its black soil is stripped away, no matter how much fertilizer is used.
Against the backdrop of climate change, global trade disputes and, now, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Beijing has intensified its focus on food security, including efforts to protect the country’s most precious soil. By 2025, China plans to improve the organic matter in nearly 6.7 million hectares of black soil by 10%. It’s a good start, but would still be well below the levels enjoyed in the 1950s.
Source: The rich, black soil that fed a growing China is washing away | The Japan Times