Beijing Awarded 2022 Winter Olympics Despite No Snow and Toxic Air Pollution

By Cole Mellino, EcoWatch – A recent AP investigation revealed that Rio de Janeiro’s waterways in which Olympic athletes will compete next summer are so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games. Many athletes have already fallen ill who are training on or in the water, and many more are sure to become sick as athletes take part in qualifying events in the water beginning this weekend. The city’s atrocious water quality persists despite the fact that Brazilian officials vowed to clean up the city’s waterways ahead of the games. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach told reporters this week that “some cleaning measures have begun already and others will be applied just before and during the Games,” according to Voice of America. So, there is still hope for water quality to improve for athletes. But addressing the waste management system of a city...

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Australia’s ‘Sunshine State’ Gets Rare Dumping of Snow During Record Cold Snap

By Cole Mellino, EcoWatch – July means winter “down under” in Australia. And winter they are getting. “Icy blasts of wind have led to an unusual blanket of heavy snowfall across Queensland—which typically calls itself the “sunshine state” — during some of the coldest winter weather in decades,” reports The Telegraph. While it’s not uncommon for parts of eastern Australia, including Queensland and New South Wales, to see snowflakes or minor accumulation, there hasn’t been snow or cold like this in a while. The last significant snowfall in this area was a little more than an inch in 2007. This time some areas saw three inches of snow and recorded their lowest temperatures in more than 40 years. “Cold fronts, caused by blasts of icy winds from Antarctica, are common during Australian winters, but this year’s has been much stronger than usual,” says The Telegraph. Queensland, which is about the same distance from the...

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Remarkable Images Show Gigantic Ice Chunks Washed Up on the Shores of Cape Cod

By Stefanie Spear, EcoWatch – You’d have to be living under a rock to not know that Massachusetts had a serious, snowy winter. According to The Weather Channel, Boston received more snow in a single storm than Anchorage, Alaska has seen all winter. Now, as the snow begins to melt, human-sized icebergs have washed up on the shores of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, located on Cape Cod. In order to help others experience these massive chunks, which are probably a “once-in-a-generation” occurrence, according to WBZ-TV chief meteorologist Eric Fisher, Cape Cod photographer Dapixara is sharing his remarkable images. According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jim Andrews, “Most likely it is formed by the bashing together of pancake ice or ice floes. The ocean is a dynamic place, and with the extreme cold in New England, it’s not uncommon to get ice near the shore,” he said. “Wind and wave will also tend to pile up the ice against the shore.”...

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