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South Africa's "Black Mermaid" is Changing Narratives About Who Belongs in the Water
Zandile Ndhlovu is on a mission to change the perception of the sea as a ‘white space’. She is South Africa’s first black African freediving instructor and has launched the Black Mermaid Foundation to tackle what she sees as the main barriers to entry for Black South Africans. These include narratives around why one should not be in the sea, inherited historical trauma, and lack of money and resources. Through her foundation, she takes small groups of children from Soweto to spend a day at the ocean.
This Community Hero Was Just Surprised With $1 Million
Vince Pierce is a community advocate who was shot in the neck and now uses a wheelchair, and now leads Open Doors, a nonprofit working on gun violence prevention and disability justice. Vince's journey has inspired everyone he has worked with, and is a testament to the power of resilience and perseverance. Recently, to honor Vince and the incredible work he does, GMA surprised him with $1 million, to help him continue the important work he does.
This Island Nation Has a Unique Plan to Help Protect Its Waters
The Pacific island nation of Niue is pioneering an innovative approach to protect its extensive waters, aiming to raise over $18 million by selling sponsorship units. For $148, sponsors can protect 1 square kilometer of ocean for 20 years, safeguarding it from illegal fishing and plastic waste. With a deep connection to the sea and a desire to ensure a sustainable future, Niueans are leading the way in ocean conservation, emphasizing the need to protect their waters from threats posed by climate change, pollution, and overfishing.
Thousands of Dolphins in California Came Together to Form a Breathtaking "Mega-Pod"
A breathtaking moment unfolded in Monterey Bay, California, when a photographer aboard a whale watching boat captured stunning aerial footage of a massive pod of dolphins. Evan Brodsky, with Monterey Bay Whale Watch, documented this extraordinary event, describing it as a "mega-pod." The footage showcases thousands of long-beaked common dolphins joyfully swimming and splashing, turning the ocean into a mesmerizing spectacle of nature's beauty.
The World's Oldest Man-Made Wooden Structures Were Just Discovered in Zambia
The world's oldest man-made wooden structures, dating back half a million years, have been discovered in Zambia, predating the evolution of Homo sapiens. The well-preserved wood at the archaeological site of Kalambo Falls was shaped and joined together by early humans, challenging the notion that they were strictly nomadic and suggesting they created structures for settlement. This find sheds new light on the resourcefulness and innovation of our early ancestors, emphasizing their intelligence and ability to transform their surroundings.
A Total Solar Eclipse is Coming Next Year - And NASA Wants Your Help to Track It
Citizen scientists can now contribute to heliophysics research by using NASA's new app, SunSketcher 2024, during the upcoming total solar eclipse in April 2024. This free app allows observers to capture images of the sun just before and after the eclipse, which will be used to record the phenomenon known as Baily's Beads. These collective observations will be compiled into an "hour-long megamovie" to enhance our understanding of the sun's shape and provide insights into its interior flows and gravitational theories.
Meet the Inspirational 6-Year-Old Donor Giving Her Baby Brother New Hope
A six-year-old girl named Freya has been hailed as inspirational after donating bone marrow to her baby brother, Jakob, who has a rare genetic disorder. Despite being given a 30% chance of surviving the transplant procedure, 18-month-old Jakob is now at home and recovering. His family hopes that the transplant will strengthen his immunity, making him less reliant on blood transfusions. Freya's selfless act of donating bone marrow showcases the incredible bond between siblings and the power of love and determination in overcoming challenges.
Simone Biles Just Broke Another Record by Securing a 6th World Championships Appearance
Simone Biles, the gymnastics sensation, has once again proven her incredible talent by securing her spot in the upcoming World Championships with the top all-around score at a U.S. qualifying competition. This achievement marks her sixth appearance on a World Championships squad, making her the only U.S. woman to achieve such a feat. It's a remarkable comeback and a testament to her dedication and resilience in the world of gymnastics.
In Pictures: A Solar Storm Sparked a Stanning Display of Northern Lights Around the World
Get ready to be amazed by the beauty of the skies! A powerful solar storm on September 18 and 19 created stunning aurora displays visible in various parts of the world. This solar storm was triggered by a massive solar filament that ejected super-hot plasma toward Earth, causing a geomagnetic storm. Enthusiasts and photographers captured vivid images of the auroras, with some describing the display as among the best they've ever seen.
Bhutan Just Announced a Milestone Increase in Its Snow Leopard Population
The National Snow Leopard Survey 2022-2023 in Bhutan, supported by the Bhutan For Life project and WWF-Bhutan, has revealed the presence of 134 snow leopards, marking a 39.5% increase from the previous survey in 2016. The survey covered more than 9,000 square kilometers of snow leopard habitat. Bhutan's conservation efforts to restore snow leopard habitat and combat poaching have had a positive impact, highlighting the country as a stronghold for these creatures that play a crucial role in their mountain habitat.
How Carbon Farming is Fighting Climate Change and Reducing Food Insecurity
In California's Pauma Valley, Solidarity Farm is pioneering regenerative farming practices that improve soil health and maximize carbon sequestration. By adopting no-till farming, planting perennials, and using low-tech solutions, the farm has tripled the amount of carbon in the soil since 2018, helping offset the emissions of 80 American households annually. This sustainable approach not only enhances crop yield but also reduces water usage, making it a powerful tool in addressing climate change and promoting food justice in the community.