Daily Digest 8/2 – Good News Friday: NYC Jail Admissions Down 50%, Ethiopia Plants 350M Trees In 12 Hours


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NYC jail admissions down almost 50% since 2014 in major achievement for criminal justice reform (Jen H.)

New Yorkers landed in jail in fiscal year 2019, from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, fewer than 40,000 times, according to the statistics compiled by the Mayor’s Office for Criminal Justice. That’s about a 20% decline compared with the prior fiscal year. The figures represent the number of times people were sent to jail in New York City, whether for a day or longer, not the number of people who were jailed.

Mathematical model identifies acoustic signal preceding seismic shake (Sparky1)

By analyzing the signals in the lab, scientists are beginning to understand what exactly they mean and how they can be used to predict an impending rupture.

First US National Park to Offer Heavy-Duty Wheelchairs for Disabled Visitors to Enjoy the Scenery (Jen H.)

“Here at Sleeping Bear Dunes, about half the park is designated wilderness so in those areas we can’t do a lot of maintenance or changes [to increase accessibility,]” group board chairman Kerry Kelly told CNN. “So the better option is to have a vehicle that can take the person into these areas so they can experience the trail as it is without having to make major modifications.”

Ethiopia plants more than 350 million trees in 12 hours (Sparky1)

Monday’s challenge had encouraged citizens in Africa’s second most populous nation to plant 200 million trees in one day. In 2017, India set the world record when around 1.5 million volunteers planted 66 million in 12 hours.

Ethiopia’s goal for the whole season is even bigger than that; the national tree planting campaign aims to plant 4 billion trees during “the rainy season” — between May and October — according to a May tweet by Ahmed.

As India’s tiger numbers rise, Modi has gone on safari with Bear Grylls (Sparky1)

This represents a 33% increase compared to the last survey in 2014, according to a statement from the NTCA, and continues population growth that has been observed since 2006.

Fewer than 4,000 tigers remain on Earth, according to the World Wildlife Fund says. Most live in reservations in India, where killing a tiger can result in jail time.

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