☀️ Fighting To Save A Pine Tree

AND Dog Saves Freezing 12-year-old

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Now, let your breath guide you back to the present moment, where peace and mindfulness reside.

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Here’s what to know for Wednesday:

  • Scientists are saving the ancient Wollemi Pine from extinction

  • New Zealand will ban PFAS in cosmetics in 2027

  • Massachusetts police K9 saves missing 12-year-old in freezing cold


The Blue Mountains, with their towering cliffs and lush greenery, have a magical aura that can transport you to a fairy tale world.

But amidst this enchanting landscape, there's an even more extraordinary story waiting to be toldthe story of the Wollemi Pine. These trees have been around when dinosaurs were alive, 91 million years ago!

But here's the crazy part.

For a long time, people thought these trees were gone forever. Until one day, a park ranger stumbled upon a grove of these ancient giants, and just like that, they were back on the map.

Fast forward to today, there are only about 90 Wollemi Pines left in the wild, all huddled together in that single grove west of Sydney.

No one has found any more of them anywhere else.

Dedicated conservationists have been on a mission to save these ancient wonders for the past three decades. They're planting more Wollemi Pines in different places to ensure they don't disappear again.

Their secret weapon? Translocation sites!

These trees are not easy to grow, either. They grow less than a finger's width every year. It'll be a few decades before they even reach the rainforest canopy and catch some rays.

And the Wollemi Pine is prone to diseases, and even a tiny gram of infected soil can spell doom for them. Not only that, these ancient trees are facing other threats like bushfires and climate change.

In 2019, a bushfire nearly wiped them out, leaving only a handful standing.

But people from around the world are pitching in to save these unique trees. 

They're being shipped to botanical gardens, and you can even buy them at nurseries.

So, let's cheer for these awesome trees, and hope they live for another 91 million years!

💅 New Zealand leads the way in banning PFAS chemicals from cosmetics

🍃 Poland's wind sector celebrates historic day of record-breaking production

🚁 LA fire department saves man and dog from surging river

🌟 Immunotherapy breakthrough for children with B-ALL

🐶 Puppy saved from flooded island after a 700km rescue mission

Our furry, four-legged hero is none other than a Massachusetts police K9, who went on an epic adventure to save a freezing 12-year-old kid.

K9 Biza, a female German shepherd, and her handler, Officer David Ljunggren, were part of a large search team that included state troopers and detectives.

Armed with their trusty nose, our hero followed the kid's scent for two miles!

Thanks to the incredible teamwork of the police force, the child was safely reunited with their family.

We can't help but think that our furry hero deserves hot cocoa and a cozy blanket after such an adventure.

But let's not forget the human heroes who braved the cold to bring this heartwarming story to life!

Stay warm, and keep spreading the good vibes, folks! And remember, if you ever get lost, a K9 hero with an extraordinary nose might come to your rescue. And thank goodness for that.

Joy comes in sips, not gulps

Sharon Draper

It’s the small moments.

Those make a difference in our day, and finding ways to practice gratitude—even for small things—can change your outlook.

Take the sips and experience the joy in moments you might’ve missed.

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