By Ethan Sacks
Pitbull is not just standing by rapping as the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico intensifies. The music superstar is sending his private jet to the U.S. territory to help ferry cancer patients to the mainland for chemo treatments.
The 3.4 million residents of the country are in dire need of the help after Hurricane Maria devastated the island late last week. The Pentagon reported that 1.5 million of them are without access to drinking water.
So the 36-year-old “Give Me Everything” rapper stepped up.
News of Pitbull’s generosity emerged Tuesday night when Puerto Rico Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez took to Twitter to express her gratitude.
“Thank you @pitbull for lending your private plane to move cancer patients from PR to USA so that they can get chemo,” she tweeted.
The Cuban-American music superstar, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez, responded in kind.
“Thanks God we’re blessed to help. Just doing my part,” he told the New York Daily News in a statement.
Dozens of cats and dogs were flown to San Diego for adoption, freeing up space in Texas shelters.
By Nina Golgowski
It was wheels up for around 80 orphan dogs and cats this week as they were flown from overcrowded shelters in storm-hit Houston to new lives in California.
Dozens of animal crates packed the cabin of a donated San Diego-bound Southwest Airlines flight on Tuesday, thanks to volunteers with the airline and various animal rescue groups.
The approximate 1,400-mile trek opened up room in Texas animal shelters needed for pets whose owners have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey, according to California’s Helen Woodward Animal Center, which helped organize the move to their facility in Rancho Santa Fe. The animals taking the flight to San Diego were all already in animal shelters prior to the storm, the center said on Facebook.
“There are shelters that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey, without electricity, without supplies,” said the center’s president and CEO Mike Arms, who worked in partnership with Texas rescue group, Operation Pets Alive!
“Operation Pets Alive! has taken in an overwhelming number of orphan dogs and cats who had inhabited those shelters before the storm and were suddenly facing euthanasia simply because they had no place to go,” he said in a release.
Adorable photos and video shared online by volunteers showed armfuls of puppies and kittens preparing to board crates that were strapped down onto chairs, leading to little yelps above the roar of the plane’s engine.
The Helen Woodward Center previously partnered with Southwest Airlines in 2012 to move 60 dogs and cats on a donated charter plane out of New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy. The duo also helped evacuate animals from areas affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, according to the center’s website.
Jennifer Shorey, the center’s director of operations, emphasized the importance of such efforts.
“You look at all of those faces and know that their stay at the shelter was meant to be temporary,” she told Fox 5 San Diego. “It was supposed to lead them to forever homes, but when something as devastating as a hurricane hits, so much has to be left behind.”
San Diego wasn’t the only place that received many of Houston’s four-legged evacuees.
Charity group Wings of Rescue also flew 180 dogs and cats from Texas to Waukegan, Illinois this week in hopes of finding them new homes, Chicago-station WGN-TV reported. The group is planning more flights for hundreds of animals in Florida as Hurricane Irma barrels towards its coast.
Many animal shelters around the country have been participating in similar efforts since Harvey hit. Those wanting to help animals affected by the storms are encouraged to adopt or temporarily foster pets, which frees up more room in local shelters for animals left newly homeless or separated from their owners.
By Tom Lawson
10 June, 2017
Favourable weather conditions during a spell one day last week helped the UK’s renewable energy sector set a new record for sustainable power production
Renewable sources of energy briefly met 50.7 per cent of the UK’s electricity needs, reported the National Grid – the organisation responsible for power supply management around the UK – at lunchtime on Wednesday.
Clear skies and strong winds had created ideal weather conditions for solar and wind energy production. Backed up by other renewable sources including wood pellet burning and hydropower, renewable output reached a record 19.3GW at midday, enough to meet more than half of the 35.4GW power demand.
For the first time ever wind nuclear and solar were all generating more than gas and coal combined
Adding nuclear into the equation, low-carbon power sources were generating 73.9 per cent of the country’s electricity.
“For the first time ever this lunchtime wind, nuclear and solar were all generating more than both gas and coal combined,” tweeted the National Grid.
The news comes three weeks after Britain had its first coal-free day since fossil fuel use began during the Industrial Revolution.
By Lucy Purdy
7 July, 2017
France is set to ban the sale of any car that uses petrol or diesel fuel by 2040. The country’s ecology minister called it a “revolution”
France is set to end sales of all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of proposals to meet its targets under the Paris climate agreement, the government there has announced.
Ecology minister Nicolas Hulot announced the planned ban on fossil fuel vehicles, saying that France planned to become carbon neutral by 2050. He described it as a “veritable revolution” and said the decision was a question of public health policy and “a way to fight against air pollution”.
His announcement comes a day after Volvo said it would only make fully electric or hybrid cars from 2019 onwards.
Hybrid cars currently make up approximately 3.5 per cent of the French market, with pure electric vehicles accounting for just 1.2 per cent.
Leaders in the Netherlands and Norway previously said they wanted to get rid of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2025. Germany and India announced similar targets before 2030.
By Tom Lawson
21 July, 2017
Solar energy is helping to save lives in Syria by providing a more reliable power supply
A hospital in Syria can run for up to 24 hours on renewable power, thanks to the installation of 480 solar panels.
Six years of civil war has destroyed many of the country’s hospital buildings and decimated the electricity infrastructure. As a result, the vital medical services that remain are reliant on diesel power, which puts them at the mercy of fuel shortages and price spikes.
The solar project was desperately needed. Many patients have died from simple power outages
“Incubators, respirators and other life-saving equipment need stable access to power,” said Dr Anas Al Kassem, chairman of Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM), who set up the Syria Solar project. “Many patients have died from simple power outages. The solar project was desperately needed. I am overjoyed that the project is running at full capacity and saving lives.”
The hospital’s new power system was fully operational from early June after ten weeks spent installing and testing it. The project is expected to save an average of 7,000 litres of diesel per month, amounting to 20-30 per cent of the hospital’s monthly energy costs.
As a result of the project’s initial success, another five hospitals could soon get panels, say those at UOSSM.