wheatland.ipub.us http://wheatland.ipub.us en-US http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss socportals@mediacolo.com North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds in the last 50 years — another sign that we#039;re in the middle of a 6th mass extinction Nearly 3 billion birds have disappeared across the US and Canada since 1970. A new study found that there has been a 29% decline in bird populations over the last 48 years. The scientists point to agriculture practices, pesticides, and habitat loss as the primary culprits for these declines. The finding is another data point in an ominous trend that suggests the Earth is in the middle of a 6th mass extinction. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. There are 2.9 billion (yes, that's billion with a B) fewer birds on the North American continent today than there were 50 years ago. In a study published today in the journal Science, researchers report that hundreds of North American bird populations — from songbirds like meadowlarks to backyard favorites like sparrows — are thinning. Overall, the  analysis suggests, we've seen a 29% decline. "We expected to see continuing declines of threatened species. But for the first time, the results also showed pervasive losses among common birds across all habitats, including backyard birds," Kenneth Rosenberg, the lead author of the study, said in a press release. Rosenberg, a scientist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and American Bird Conservancy, told Business Insider that entire bird species aren't going extinct yet, but the animals' total population numbers are taking a hard hit.  "We make the analogy to the passenger pigeon — once one of the most numerous birds on the planet," he said of his team's paper. "No one thought that bird could go extinct, but it did. It provides a poignant reminder that even abundant species can go extinct rapidly." The bird losses described in the study are part of a larger trend: The Earth appears to be in the middle of a mass extinction — the sixth time in history that animal and plant species are disappearing in enormous numbers. A recent report from the United Nations found that between 500,000 and 1 million plant and animals species face imminent extinction. Rosenberg said the new findings are "absolutely part of the sixth mass extinction trend." Common bird species were among the hardest hit For the new study, Rosenberg and his colleagues looked at data sets showing net changes in the numbers of birds across 529 species in the continental United States and Canada. They also examined weather radar data that tracked bird migration patterns over the past decade. They found that 90% of the birds that are disappearing belong to 12 families, including sparrows, warblers, finches, and swallows. These common and abundant species play important ecological roles — they help control insect population numbers and spread plant seeds. Grassland birds like sparrows and meadowlarks experienced the greatest total population loss since 1970, according to the data. More than 700 million breeding birds disappeared across 31 grassland species. The report also found 37% of shorebird species — like sandpipers and plovers — have experienced a consistent, steep population loss. The number of North American birds migrating in the spring has also declined, dropping 14% in the past decade alone, the researchers found. Michael Parr, a co-author of the study and the president of the American Bird Conservancy, told Business Insider that the overall bird loss represents a biodiversity crisis on par with the "insect apocalypse." According to a study published in February, 40% of the world's insect species are in decline. Read More: Last year, 40% of honey-bee colonies in the US died. But bees aren't the only insects disappearing in unprecedented numbers. "The global biodiversity crisis has come to America's backyard here. When people picture losses, they think orangutans and elephants — creatures that aren't here," Parr said. "Sure, this is not as dramatic as the potential loss of the Bald Eagle, but it's something that's more insidious. Most people won't notice that most of their backyard birds have gone, slowly but surely, over the last 50-year period." However, the authors found a few bird groups that have seen population increases over the last five decades, including waterfowl like ducks, geese, and swans, as well as raptors like the Bald Eagle. These particular birds have benefited from endangered-species legislation in the US and Canada and from wetland restoration work across the continent, the researchers said. Shrinking bird populations are a sign of the 6th mass extinction Since the 1500s, human activity has killed off 680 mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian, and fish species. As much as half of the total number of animal individuals that once shared the planet with us are already gone. At least 10% of insect species and more than 33% of all marine mammals and reef-forming coral are threatened, the UN report found. Declines in common birds are not just restricted to North America, Rosenberg said: "When you step back, it's really a global phenomenon." A 2018 study revealed that one-third of France's farmland bird populations had disappeared in the previous three decades. Data from Bird Life International, a global partnership of bird-conservation organizations, shows that Europe as a whole has lost 300 million farmland birds since 1980. "Birds are literally the canaries in the coal mine," Parr said. "Their disappearance is telling us there's a problem in nature." These declines are likely linked to habitat loss According to Rosenberg, the biggest factor driving these declines is habitat loss and degradation. A lot of these birds' breeding and nesting grounds are being transformed into fallow fields due to expanding agricultural development, the authors wrote. "Grassland birds are some of hardest hit, along with birds like the red-winged blackbird that prefer farmland and rural landscapes," Rosenberg said. "It's no question that the intensification of agriculture, as farmers squeeze out grassy margins and trees to make room for acres of corn, is impacting birds." Other risk factors for birds include predators like cats; collisions with glass, buildings, and other structures; and the possible toxicity of the insects that they eat.  The pervasive use of pesticides like neonicotinoids in the US has likely contributed to bird losses as well, Parr added. "We don't have categorical proof, but it'd be very surprising if the billions of pounds of insect poison being spread across the landscape wasn't connected to the decline of insect-eating birds," he said.SEE ALSO: 18 signs we're in the middle of a 6th mass extinction Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: The most expensive racing pigeon sold for $1.4 million in China. Here's why people drop millions on these prized birds. http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2955912-north-america-has-lost-nearly-3-billion-birds-last-50-years Thu, 19 2019 18:00:00 GMT http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2955912-north-america-has-lost-nearly-3-billion-birds-last-50-years Lufkin police release dash cam video of deadly pursuit The Lufkin Police Department has identified the Houston-area bank robbery suspect who was killed Thursday night after police say he led officers on a chase. According to LPD, around 11:30 a.m. LeEdward Hopkins, 43, of Houston and another man identified as Tony Mitchell, 42, of Houston, robbed First State Bank of Louise at gunpoint. The men fled the bank with an "undisclosed amount" of cash. DPS received information that Hopkins was in the Lukin area, headed north on Loop 287 in a Dodge Challenger R/T. Police say officers attempted to stop a vehicle on Loop 287 at Old Moffett Road at about 7:10 p.m. Hopkins drove onto U.S. 59 toward Nacogdoches. Police say speeds reached over 130 mph. Once Hopkins reached the Woodland Hills Golf Course and veered off the road and came to stop in a tree line near the 12th hole. The car's engine block caught fire, but it had been thrown from the vehicle. Hopkins was killed on impact. An "undisclosed amount" of cash was recovered from the vehicle, along with a loaded pistol. Mitchell was not in the vehicle with Hopkins at the time of the crash. Mitchell remains at large. {{file|t=91ISp_1568415283}} http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2943688-lufkin-police-release-dash-cam-video-deadly-pursuit Fri, 13 2019 22:54:54 GMT http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2943688-lufkin-police-release-dash-cam-video-deadly-pursuit My wife and I are saving half of our $160,000 income so we can leave our corporate jobs in 5 years. Here#039;s what we spend in a typical week. Daniella Flores and her wife Alexandra live in St. Louis, Missouri, and both work in information technology. They save between 40% and 50% of their pretax income every month, in part so they can afford to leave their corporate jobs in the next five years and pursue their side hustles full time. For Business Insider's "Real Money" series, Flores tracked their spending during a typical week. During the week, they spent $347 on groceries, pet care, meals out, and a charitable donation. Want to share a week of your spending? Email yourmoney@businessinsider.com. My wife and I both work in IT and make a combined annual pretax income of about $160,000. We're based in St. Ann, Missouri, a municipality in the St. Louis area. We also work on other things besides our full-time jobs, such as my blog and my wife's guitar-flipping business. We make an extra $2,000 to $4,000 a month with these side hustles, before taxes. My wife and I have 13 years between us — I just turned 30 and she is 43. We are working towards structuring our life away from the corporate grind, building up passive streams of income and working on our side businesses to become financially free without a reason to need our corporate jobs anymore. We don't have any kids but we do have five cats, two dogs, and a couple of tarantulas (OK, we have eight ... we aren't tarantula hoarders, I swear). One of our dogs, Penny, is elderly and going blind, while two of our cats are special needs, so our vet bills end up being a bit higher than most other people's. If all goes as planned in the next five years, we'll be able to leave our corporate jobs. We won't stop working completely — we'll just be working on what matters to us. There is one thing we will miss when we leave our jobs, though, and that is the more affordable health insurance and the nice retirement match! We save almost half of our pretax income in our 401(k)s, IRAs, a taxable investment account, and a high-yield savings account. Our typical monthly spending comes out to around $3,000, with our largest expenses being out-of-pocket healthcare costs (our health insurance premium is taken out pretax), our mortgage, and food. We try to save almost half our pretax income every month (40%-50%) between our 401(k) contributions, IRA contributions, contributions to stocks in a brokerage account, and putting money into our high-yield savings account for some goals, such as an upcoming move and purchase of land.  We have been able to pay off a little more than $32,000 in debt in the past two years alone since we started to get serious about our finances and what we want out of this life together. In that $32,000 was my student loan debt, part of our auto loan, credit-card debt, and medical debt.  Currently our only debt remaining is around $17,000 for our auto loan. We have a mortgage on our house that my wife bought before we met, but we plan on selling soon and relocating to the west coast. When we move we plan on having a hefty down payment, but will also have house payments that will hopefully be around what we pay now. We didn't have any bills due this week, but spent $347 total on everything else. Even though this week was a little more hectic for us when compared to other weeks, it was still a good one. We didn't have any bills due this week. Most of our stuff gets taken out on autopay at the beginning of the month and then again in the middle of the month. Because of the running around we did this week, we ended up spending a little more on discretionary items than usual, but life happens. Our budget and spending aren't perfect but we do what works for us. Completely depriving ourselves of what we like to do just because it costs money doesn't work for us, so we spend a little more here and there but always stay mindful of what we are spending.  We are fortunate to be able to save as much as we do and still be able to spend some money on what we enjoy. Finance is something you have to stay on top of and periodically revisit to improve your strategies. It's all personal. Here is what we spent the last week of August (the week before I turned 30!): On Sunday we went to a winery and stopped at Ted Drewes for sundaes. Today we planned to go to Defiance, Missouri, to check out a winery for my 30th birthday next weekend. I already had a place in mind before I came across this other winery and wanted to see what the hype was about before planning anything. The morning consisted of homemade breakfast and a run in the rain (the rain part was not planned).  Before we headed out to Defiance, we had to stop by the pharmacy first. My wife gets horrible migraines and her new medicine just came in. The total price for her new med after insurance and a coupon from the doctor was $19.97. Pro tip: Always ask your doctor if they have any coupons for meds they are recommending. Chances are, they do and those coupons definitely help lower the cost a bit. After CVS we headed out to Defiance Ridge Winery where we spent $40.27 on lunch, mimosas, and wine. It was still sort of rainy and oddly cold for August, but it was still beautiful. We didn't sit out on the decks but the inside area still was half open where we could view the rolling hills. And we made a new woodland creature friend: a swan. We will take it for a gloomy, rainy Missouri day. On our way home we stopped at our favorite ice cream place in St. Louis, Ted Drewes, and spent $12.28. That is a lot for ice cream, but really it's frozen custard and we got specialty sundaes. It was 100% worth it. Since our lunch and ice cream date was pretty late in the day, we didn't get or make any dinner. I still feel full from that meal.  Sunday had much more spending than usual as I wanted to scope out the winery, food, and really wanted ice cream. All in all, it was a good day. On Monday we stocked up on groceries for the week. I get the luxury of working from home 50% of my weeks, but I had to go in today. My normal work from home days are Wednesday and Friday.  But my lucky wife got to work from home today. She had a much-anticipated meeting with our lawyer about changing her name and got a sandwich for lunch on the way home. At my work, they had a potluck scheduled for the employees who participated in the Pride Fest float so I had a delicious free lunch of veggies, even though I forgot to bring a dish.  When I left work, we planned to go up to the hospital to see my grandpa. He fell a couple weeks ago and did a number on his head and broke his back. He is 84 and usually bounces back, but this time is different. My mom texted me as we were on the way that he was getting transferred to an assisted living facility for rehab so she advised we come the next day. We took a trip to the grocery store instead and spent $59.47 for a week — maybe even a week and a half — worth of food, including dinner for that night.  Since we became vegetarians in March 2019, our grocery bills have actually gone down. Instead of meat, we buy FieldRoast vegan meat and eat a lot of beans and high-protein veggies. We are also super obsessed with Kodiak Power Waffles. And the grocery store had cotton candy grapes! They only pop up in St. Louis stores around this time of year and it is an exciting occurrence when these are actually in stock. After dinner it was vegging out in front of "13 Reasons Why" on Netflix and a four-mile run before we completely wound down for bed. The only purchase we made on Tuesday was filling up the car with gas. I worked from home today due to a number of early morning meetings that just kind of bled into the day.  My wife came home for lunch and we had spinach wraps — and then again for dinner. After work I went for a run since the weather we have been getting in St. Louis this late in August has been so beautiful. Then we went to go see my grandpa at the assisted living facility. He was tired so we didn't stay long after hanging with my mom there for a bit. Then we went by the hospital to see my friend who just had surgery. I can't wait until everyone is healthy again! The only spending we did today was for gas in the RAV4, which was $28.77. We bought dog food on Wednesday, and ate all of our own meals at home. The meals were all at home again today. Breakfast was power waffles and sunflower butter, spinach wraps for lunch again, and FieldRoast burgers and caesar salad for dinner. I worked from home so it was another day of cuddling with our cats. After work we had to get crickets for the tarantulas (yes, you read that right) and dog food. Crickets were $1.98 and dog food (weight control for our elderly dog) was $38.99. Luckily we are spending less on pet care this month thanks to no vet bills and already having stocked up on flea meds. Our pet costs vary from month to month, but if there's ever a large unexpected expense, like emergency trips to the vet, we have money set aside especially for that. Our lab Penny is 14 and has a bad hip and leg. She is also going blind, so some days she is her old chipper self and others she just gets really tired, but she's hanging in there.  After we got home we played with the dogs outside, I worked on a post on my blog, and we wound down for bed.  Thursday was an unplanned no-spend day. Today we both brought our lunches to work. It was kind of a jam-packed day. I had back-to-back meetings most of the day along with an evening training I had to lead once I got home. My wife made nachos for dinner — yum!  Afterwards, we were going to check out a live reading for a podcast called Adult Bed Time Stories. My wife's gynecologist was reading for it. When we got to the comic book shop for the event, there was no parking … for blocks. After driving around and wasting about 15 minutes, we gave up. It was a bummer since we had already paid for the event prior to today but oh well — $15 for each person is hardly losing money. Plus, we at least supported her in some way with buying the tickets even though we did not end up going.  At least we ended up having a no-spend day without even planning one! Friday was our highest spending day of the week and included dinner and a charitable donation. Today is the last day of work for the both of us for the next 10 days! We took the entire next week off and the following Monday for FinCon and other things. Plus, it's my birthday in two days so a lot of excitement is going on in my head (but a lot of anxiety too). Work was rough today as I rushed to get everything done before being out for 10 days. I also finished a request form to the legal team to approve for some projects I want to do with my blog.  I haven't thought about what my next steps will be with those possible new projects if the company I work for doesn't end up approving my proposal … but I will figure it out. After work we went to visit my grandpa with my family and then grabbed some dinner on the way home. We ate shrimp and grouper at a restaurant called Gulf Shores. After margaritas and tip, the bill came out to $60. I also sent $50 to Kara at BravelyGo for her #savetheamazon fundraiser. We try to budget $50 (but end up spending more sometimes) for giving each month. What is happening in the Amazon rainforest right now is just devastating.  There are many charities out there that we could have given to, but Kara at BravelyGo found a local Bolivian woman who is on the ground helping provide equipment, food, and water to the firefighters and was taking donations. She shares on her Instagram how exactly those donations are used and we thought that was exactly who needed this money. On Saturday we made time for a favorite ritual — brunch. We woke up this morning and went to our normal Saturday breakfast spot. The last few weeks were hectic with my grandpa's accident and other things going on that we didn't have the time or energy last night or this morning to eat at home (plus, we didn't have any good breakfast food left). We spent $28.11 on two coffees and two omelets, plus tax, which isn't too bad. Breakfast is a big deal to us and we love The Shack in Creve Coeur. It is our Saturday ritual and we are very grateful that we are able to fit that into our budget.  After breakfast we picked up a newspaper to bring to my grandpa ($4.33). He is doing much better today and it was such a relief to see him progressing. We all sat outside and chilled, taking in the good weather and conversation. A couple of hours later we went home, went on our runs, and I did more work for the blog and got some more stuff together for FinCon.  Tonight's dinner was baked potatoes filled with broccoli. We did an evening hike afterwards and came back to cuddle with our fur babies before bed.  What a randomly perfect Saturday. Read more from our Real Money series: I'm a money coach and mom of 2 who's paying off $179,000 of debt by 40. Here's what my family spends during a typical week. I'm a dad and a business owner in my 30s with a 6-figure income — here's how I spent my money during a recent week My husband and I live in Seattle and save almost half our income so we don't have to work by 40. Here's what we spend in a typical week. I retired at 52 with a $3 million net worth — here's what a week of my spending looks like More savings and retirement coverage How to retire early How to save more money Are CDs a good investment? When to save money in high-yield savings http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2942516-my-wife-and-i-are-saving-half-our-160000-income-so-we-can-le Fri, 13 2019 15:30:00 GMT http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2942516-my-wife-and-i-are-saving-half-our-160000-income-so-we-can-le Austria plants 300 trees in a football stadium In Austria, a real football stadium has gone back to nature. Three hundred trees have been planted on the pitch in the town of Klagenfurt to highlight the fragility of our natural world. The creator, Klaus Littmann, was inspired by looking at a 1972 dystopian painting that depicts a stadium crowd gazing on a woodland scene. Michelle Miller reports. http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2928270-austria-plants-300-trees-football-stadium Sat, 07 2019 12:15:32 GMT http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2928270-austria-plants-300-trees-football-stadium Herd of endangered deer venture into public view to feast on fresh grass after rain storms This was the moment a herd of endangered deer emerged from a forest to graze on the fresh grass. The family of eld's deer scampered out of the woodland in Uthai Thani, Thailand, after heavy rain in recent days from Storm Podul. The lush green grass is believed to have tempted the shy creatures into the open to for a feast - making for a rare sighting of the reclusive deer. Footage from yesterday (September 5) morning shows herd of 15 eld's deer, including calves and the adults, walking across the grass to the amazement of park staff. Nanthasak Wattnapanichsaid: "People always come here and wait to try and see the deer, but they hardly appear. However, this time they came out by themselves. "The staff told me that the heavy rain had affected the ground, making it softer and greener, so they deer out to graze on the grass.'' In Thailand, there are two breeds of eld's deer - the Burmese brow-antlered deer, or Thamin, and the Thai brow-antlered deer, also known as Siamensis. Both are endangered species. There are believed to be around 1,000 Thamin left in the wild and fewer than 100 Siamensis. http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2925810-herd-endangered-deer-venture-public-view-feast-fresh-grass-a Fri, 06 2019 07:21:02 GMT http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2925810-herd-endangered-deer-venture-public-view-feast-fresh-grass-a The best camping stoves you can buy A reliable camp stove is a great way to enjoy a warm meal and a hot cup of coffee when you're out in the field. It can also be must-have for purifying water and safely cooking food. The MSR PocketRocket Deluxe is our top pick because it's compact, easy to use, and has a built-in igniter. There really is nothing like a hot cup of coffee on a cold mountain morning, except maybe a hot meal on a cold mountain evening. Or some fresh fish cooked up minutes after it was pulled from the stream. Or a mug of hot cocoa sipped by the campfire as snowflakes dance beneath the winter stars. (You get the picture.) With a good camp stove, you can enjoy a bit of creature comfort even when you're a multi-day hike away from the comforts of home. In our woodland wanderings, we've used three or four stoves of our own and cooked and/or boiled water using easily a dozen stoves owned by fellow mountaineers. We've used camp stoves to cook up multiple course meals during leisurely afternoons at well-established campsites and we've used them to melt snow and ice just so we had enough water to drink in order to rehydrate after an exhausting climb. Mostly, though, like all campers, we've used them to boil water. In fact, it's worth noting that, more than any other use, a camp stove will be used to boil water, not for actual cooking. This is so both for purifying water and because so many ready-made camp meals simply require the addition of heated H2O. So along with that camp stove, make sure you also get a decent pot for boiling. Any decent stove will produce plenty of heat and will resist the elements, but beyond that, there are all sorts of differences between various brands and models that make a given unit ideal for one user but a poor choice for others. In discussing the six camp stoves on this list, we'll cover not only each option's inherent qualities but will also talk through why each model is well suited to specific activities, as well as why a given stove may be a poor choice for other scenarios. Each of these camp stoves is unique in several ways, but a few factors must be universally considered with backpacking stoves. These are weight, fuel source, and boil time, which is tantamount to considering BTU output. Beyond that, go ahead and let personal preference help inform your choice of the best camp stove. After all, you're the chef who'll be using it out there in the field. Note: These camping stoves do not include fuel tanks, as they are shown in the photos. Here are the best camp stoves you can buy: Best camp stove overall: MSR PocketRocket Deluxe Best budget camp stove: Coleman Bottle Top Propane Stove Best high-powered camp stove: Mr. Steak 1-Burner Infrared Portable Grill Best high-tech camp stove: BioLite CampStove 2 Best stove for fast boiling: Jetboil Flash Best stove for world travel: MSR Whisperlite International Updated on 09/032019 by Les Shu: Updated prices, links, and formatting. Added MSR PocketRocket Deluxe, Jetboil Flash, and MSR Whisperlite International.The best camp stove overall The MSR PocketRocket Deluxe is a compact and lightweight stove that fits inside a coffee mug but has a convenient auto igniter and simmering capability. You shouldn't need to carry an extra piece of gear to make a spark, yet, many camping stoves still rely on matches or a lighter to light the flame. Not with the MSR PocketRocket Deluxe, which has a built-in automatic piezo igniter that's cased in steel for reliability. Despite its small size and weight, the PocketRocket Deluxe is no slouch. It can boil a liter of water in less than four minutes. The burner is adjustable, so you can lower the heat for a simmer — something that's hard to achieve with a one-setting burner. There's also a built-in pressure regulator to ensure you get reliable and fast cooking until the gas canister is depleted. As long as you place the stove (with gas canister attached) on a level surface, it will support anything from a frying pan to a small cup. Like all lightweight backpacking stoves, the PocketRocket Deluxe will only run on self-sealing isobutane fuel canisters. If you're flying to a destination, simply do what I do: Since you can't bring a gas canister onto a plane or have it shipped, I stop by a local outdoors retailer after I've arrived, to pick one up (you can also get advice on where to camp, hike, and climb, if you aren't familiar with an area). I've used this stove extensively, as well as other PocketRocket variants. I like the simplicity of the design, and with the deluxe version, I now have the convenience of a push-start igniter; the igniter adds an extra 10 grams when compared to the standard PocketRocket, but it's totally worth it. What I also like is MSR's warranty: Even after years of abuse, MSR stands by its products and offers extremely economical repair or replacement options. Compared to our previous overall pick, the Snow Peak LiteMax Titanium, the PocketRocket Deluxe is heavier. But the LiteMax Titanium is pricier, isn't as stable, and lacks MSR's warranty. Whether I'm camping in my car or on a complicated thru-hiking trip, the PocketRocket Deluxe's excellent durability and the convenience of the built-in igniter make it one item I now bring along. Outdoor Gear Lab gave the stove its Editors' Choice award, although it thought the igniter was not reliable. — James Stout Pros: Lightweight and compact, self-igniting, simmers well Cons: Not the best in high-wind without a screen The best budget camp stove The Coleman Bottle Top Propane Stove acts like a standard stovetop burner, and it's powerful, rugged, and well priced. You know how the razor companies get you by selling the handles cheap but then pricing the blade cartridges at astronomical rates? It can be like that with camp stove fuel, too. But the best field stove in the world is just a paperweight without fuel, so buy it you will, regardless of the price. With the Coleman Bottle Top Propane Stove, those canisters of propane fuel are surprisingly low-priced — you can often get a two-pack of the 16-ounce fuel cylinder for less than 10 bucks. One such tank will burn for two hours at full blast and as long as eight or nine hours on a low setting. So if you want to make campsite risotto, go for it. Oh, and the stove itself is affordable, too. Flame control is remarkably easy with this stove, just twist that large plastic knob all the way open for a roaring 10,000-BTU output or dial it back for hours of simmering. And thanks to the deep bowl shape and generous wind baffles, this stove will maintain a consistent burn in all but the most powerful gusts of wind. The burner is large and stable enough to accommodate an 8-inch pan or pot, so you really can almost treat it like a standard stovetop. I used one of these stoves for several years and still keep one on hand in case the stove in my house ever has a problem or for some sort of apocalyptic nightmare during which I still wanted to cook pasta. But you'll probably never see me bringing this stove along for another hike or climb. Why? Weight and size. This stove weighs more than two pounds, with the canister adding another three pounds or more when filled. That's heavier than some tents and sleeping pads combined. So while I highly recommend this stove for car campers or emergency preparedness, it's a poor choice for climbers or trekkers. That said, the Coleman Bottle Top Propane Stove currently enjoys a 4.6 out of 5-star rating on Amazon. If there's one thing many people singled out about their Coleman stove, it's reliability. One customer who bought her stove years before Amazon even existed, wrote, "I purchased this [stove] in 1992 and use it regularly while camping today." Anne's Travels blog says the Coleman stove is "great for a large pot" and "fuel efficient." — Steven John Pros: Low price point, long burn time, easy flame output adjustment Cons: Very heavy and bulky The best high-powered camp stove The Mr. Steak 1-Burner Infrared Portable Grill cranks out 14,000 BTUs and can heat up to an astounding 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. If you're pushing for the mountain summit of Denali or the Eiger, then it's probably best to leave the Mr. Steak 1-Burner Infrared Portable Grill back at base camp. At around 30 pounds and measuring 25 by 16 by 16 inches, this is most definitely a car camping grill. But with that size comes 165 square inches of cooking space, below which an immensely powerful ceramic infrared burner can heat up to as much as 1,000 degrees. Not that you will need that much heat most of the time, but hey, it's there for you. The Mr. Steak 1-Burner Infrared Portable Grill works with a standard one-pound propane cylinder (the squat green ones, like the ones the Coleman stove uses) and has an electronic ignition system. When you're not using the grill, you can fold its legs up for easier storage or transport, and when you are using it, you'll appreciate the cool-to-the-touch silicone cover on the handle and a latch that can hold the cover open while you're flipping burgers. An Amazon customer who owns a Mr. Steak grill says he "never would have thought [he] could personally grill steakhouse-quality steak on a lightweight, portable grill like this one," adding that it is "super easy to transport" (unless you're scaling Everest). Another customer calls the grill "the best of the best."  And having owned one, I can attest to both customers' comments. — Steven John Pros: Amazing heat output, large cook surface, electric ignition system Cons: Expensive, not suitable for hauling on foot The best high-tech camp stove The BioLite CampStove 2 can cook your meal and charge your phone and GoPro camera at the same time thanks to an ingenious built-in generator fueled by heat. When you're out there in the wilderness, you shouldn't be staring at your phone; you should be looking at the stars, the mountains, or the valleys and such. That said, keeping a charged phone is important for safety — and for selfies. Keeping a rechargeable flashlight fully powered is always a good idea, and those GoPro camera batteries always seem to need recharging, don't they? Maintaining battery life in all those devices when in the field means carrying battery packs, using a solar charger, or firing up something you're probably traveling with: your stove. The BioLite CampStove 2 is a wood-burning stove that has a built-in generator capable of producing 3 watts of electricity while the fire is hot. That's enough power to charge small devices, illuminate a Biolite lamp, or to charge the unit's internal battery for later use when the fire isn't burning. Besides providing power, it's also a damn good stove. With a decent fire built up, the BioLite CampStove 2 can bring a liter of water to boil in less than five minutes and produces plentiful heat for cooking. In fact, there are compact fans inside the burn chamber that you can set at four different speeds to increase or decrease the intensity of the heat. That's right: This is a wood-burning, electricity-producing stove that effectively has adjustable heat settings. How badass is that? A reviewer from GearChase put the BioLite CampStove 2 through the motions and found it easy to cook "with fuel found easily around a campsite" thanks to the high heat output. He also found the "build quality very durable." The Insider Picks team is a fan of BioLite's gear, having tested a few of the products and visited its design studio. Check out our review of the BioLite FirePit. — Steven John Pros: Charges small devices, built-in fans regulate heat, works with myriad accessories Cons: Getting initial fire burning can be frustrating The best stove for fast boiling The Jetboil Flash gets a lot of water really hot, really fast. If you primarily rely on your stove to make hot drinks and rehydrate meals, this is the stove for you. When I get back from a long day on the trail, I want the most food in the shortest amount of time. This means pouring hot water onto couscous or a dehydrated meal. If it's the mornings, then it's coffee posthaste. For these moments, I rely on the Jetboil Flash. Using a cleverly-designed pot that's attached to a large burner — it looks (and sound) like a jet engine — the Flash can boil 16 ounces of water in less than two minutes. It is so fast that the first time I used it, it began boiling over while I was still prepping my meal. This is a product designed with backpackers in mind. The whole thing packs down into the provided pot and even has space for a small fuel canister. Not only does this mean it takes up very little space, it also makes it hard to lose or forget a part of the stove. If you want to sear, sauté, and simmer, the Jetboil Flash isn't for you. Although there are accessories that will let you use a frying pan, this is really a stove for heating your water fast, which is all most backpackers need. — James Stout Pros: Boils water quickly, contains all the parts inside the pot, push-button ignition Cons: Can be hard to clean, can't be used with other pots or pans easily The best stove for world travel The Whisperlite International from MSR can go anywhere and burn almost anything. If you're traveling to remote locations, this is the reliable and rebuildable stove to take with you. Isobutane is great for cooking fast with a steady flame and comes packaged in convenient canisters. Unfortunately, you can't fly with it, which could be an issue if you're going to some remote area where there isn't a camping store nearby. In this type of situation, the MSR Whisperlite International is a better alternative. Not only can the stove burn white gas, kerosene, or unleaded gas, it is also incredibly robust. I own a Whisperlite that I've entirely rebuilt (under the supervision of a qualified technician, so don't worry if you come camping with me) and could easily fix in the field, even on long expeditions. MSR not only offers refurbishment of their stoves, they also include many of the tools and spare parts in the package, meaning that you could be taking the Whisperlite International on adventures for years to come. This reliability combines with MSR's clever "shaker jet" design, which prevents the fuel jet from getting clogged by using a needle inside the jet — cleaning it out when the stove is shaken. All of this makes the Whisperlite International the go-to choice for big expeditions. With some practice, you'll be able to quickly light the Whisperlite International (you do need to bring a lighter). Advanced users can regulate the flame enough to simmer water if required. I'll admit that most of my uses have been limited to heating water and making oatmeal and coffee, but more adventurous cooks will be happy with the Whisperlite, especially when the alternative is going stove-less or using a wood or alcohol stove with pitiful heat output. — James Stout Pros: Compatible with various types of fuel, excellent longevity Cons: Not the lightest stove Check out our other great camping gear guides The best tents you can buy for your next adventure With a good tent, you can always feel at home, even when you're actually miles from civilization and a few thousand feet up in the mountains. The Mountainsmith Morrison EVO 2 Person tent is our top choice for best tent, thanks to its great price, ease of setup, and ability to keep you warm and dry even in bad weather. You should also consider the Flytop Outdoor Backpacking 2 Person Tent, the ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 3 Person Tent, and the Coleman Evanston Screened 6 Person Tent. One of these options will surely suit you and your fellow outdoor enthusiasts. The best camping cookware you can buy A great set of camping cookware brings the comfort of the kitchen to the campsite. The Gear4U Camping Cookware Mess Kit is our top pick because it contains 13 useful items that tuck together into one compact package weighing just 1.3 pounds. Here are all of our favorites: Best overall: GSI Bugaboo Camper Cookset Best low-cost set: MalloMe 10-Piece Cookware Mess Kit Best for the solo camper: Stansport 360 Stainless Steel Mess Kit Best for boiling water: Terra Hiker Camping Cookware Set The best backpacking tents you can buy Sacrificing weight while backpacking is common, but you don't have to sacrifice comfort, too. Ultimately, the type of tent you pick to join you on the long haul depends on the type of trip you intend to take. Short trips can err on the side of a heavier tent while longer, multi-day trips may call for an ultralight option. No matter the scenario, tent makers like Big Agnes, MSR, and even REI have a sea of available options designed specifically to keep you cozy while catching some shut-eye. Here are our top picks for the best backpacking tents: Best tent overall: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2 Best tent for ultralight backpacking: Nemo Hornet 2 Best tent for couples: MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Best tent for 4-season backpackers: The North Face Mountain 25 Best budget-friendly tent: REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus The best sleeping bags you can buy A sleeping bag is more than a matter of comfort. In extreme circumstances, having the right sleeping bag can be a matter of life and death. But that's no reason not to find one that's nice and cozy, too. Here are the best sleeping bags you can buy: Best for extreme cold: Mountain Hardware Lamina Z Bonfire Best on a budget: Coleman North Rim Extreme Weather Best for comfort: Teton Sports Fahrenheit Best for couples: Sleepingo Double Sleeping Bag Best for kids: Kelty Big Dipper 30 Degree Sleeping Bag http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2920135-best-camping-stoves-you-can-buy Tue, 03 2019 22:40:00 GMT http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2920135-best-camping-stoves-you-can-buy The best shoe brands for kids Rather than shopping around every time your child outgrows a shoe, you can make it easier on yourself by identifying which shoe brands are best suited to the various aspects of your child's life. Then simply size up as needed. While many companies offer a range of footwear designed for different activities, it's rare to find a brand that makes multiple types of shoes that are each top quality. Our choice for the best overall kids' shoe brand in Plae because their footwear manages to be versatile enough for most uses and comes in styles to suit just about every little foot out there. Finding the best shoes for your kids isn't brain surgery, but it can still make your head hurt. This pair pinches their toes, that pair is too hard to put on, that one always falls off, and this one falls apart even before those ever-larger feet outgrow it.   Even once you find a pair of comfortable, supportive shoes that your kid can get on and off with relative ease, you've only solved one part of the puzzle. Your kid can't wear sneakers with a school uniform nor can they wear their dressy shoes in gym class. And you're not going to send them off on a playdate with the same shoes they wore during the hike on Sunday, are you? No, you parents, you're not looking for a pair of kids' shoes, you're looking for pairs aplenty. Do yourself a favor and do what my wife and I have learned to do: Once you find a brand of shoes that works for a certain activity — one that looks the part, that's supportive and comfortable enough for extended wear, that your kid likes and can get on and off themselves — just park it right there. After switching around between various shoe brands every time our firstborn child outgrew a shoe, we now have things dialed in perfectly. When my son outgrows his go-to Plae sneakers, we replace them with the next size up. Each summer, we get him a pair of TOMS. When the school season starts up again, it's new Hush Puppies. And so on, you get the picture. By identifying the best kids' shoe brands rather than specific shoes, you maintain a degree of choice as to the specifics (who gets that choice is up to your family dynamic) while knowing whatever style you pick, the make will suit, so to speak.  After years of trial and error and more than a few returns or premature donations, here is my take on the best kids' shoe brands for all the many facets of their lives. Here are the best shoe brands for kids: Best kids' shoe brand overall: Plae Best kids' dress shoe brand: Hush Puppies Best kids' casual shoe brand: TOMS Best kids' outdoor shoe brand: Keen Best kids' shoe brand for gym: Adidas The best kids’ shoe brand overall Plae shoes are comfortable from the first minute a kid slips them on, something most kids can do with ease thanks to the Velcro tabs. If you are looking for a go-to shoe for your kid, you're looking in the right place with Plae. Their shoes are casual, comfortable, easy to get on and off, durable, and they come in styles ranging from sporty to more trendy. I should know, because my son is currently on his sixth pair of Plaes. And we already have two pairs in the next size waiting. (Seriously. We do) The only negative thing I can say about this brand, in fact, is that other companies make better shoes for a few niche uses. Plae kids' shoes are not the best footwear option when it comes to use in the great outdoors. For hiking, camping, or general woodland fun, you can do better. Also, none of their shoes are quite dressy enough for formal occasions, so for a wedding or a coat-and-tie school uniform, you will probably have to look elsewhere.  But for general everyday wear, Plae shoes are exemplary. Each pair we get for my kid are comfortable from minute one. He has been able to get his Plaes on and off by himself since about the time he turned 4 thanks to the dual-tab Velcro system that holds them in place. This helps build his independence and saves us time when we're trying to get his less-cooperative toddler sister ready as well. Perhaps the best testament I can give to these shoes is that 9 out of 10 times, if we're headed out for an errand, a casual meal, to a relative's house, or any of our dozen everyday destinations, my kid always chooses his Plae shoes. The shoes come in high tops and low tops (and in water shoes and other varieties, but that's a story for another day — we're talking about their core offerings) and in all sorts of colorways, from muted to flashy and colorful. And prices are very fair, from $34.95 to $74.95. One of the coolest things about Plae shoes is that the dual Velcro tabs are removable and interchangeable, so you can customize the shoe. If you want to take that to the next level, Plae even offers a service where they will print a photo or design you upload to their site onto tabs they'll send you. So for $20, your kid could be walking around with a photo of the family dog or even one of their own illustrations right there on their feet. I wish Plae shoes were water-resistant, which they're not, and that they didn't look dirty so quickly when worn in certain conditions. But they go through the washer and dryer just fine, and we have yet to discard a pair due to wear and tear before they're outgrown. Pros: Reliable comfort without break-in period, interchangeable and custom tabs, multiple styles available Cons: Soak through quickly in rain or puddles, clearly show dirt The best kids’ dress shoe brand Hush Puppies shoes have the feel of a comfortable, supportive sneaker while looking like formal shoes suitable for use with a pair of pressed slacks or a pleated school uniform skirt. For years, this brand was totally off my radar. Then I got a pair of Hush Puppies myself, and the company came into our lives in a major way because of one word: comfort. This brand consistently makes some of the most comfortable shoes my kids, my wife, or I have worn.  When it comes to many of the adult shoes Hush Puppies makes, I can say they are sharp-looking to. For kids' shoes, Hush Puppies doesn't have the most trendy options out there, but they do make several shoes styled perfectly for dressier occasions that wear as comfortably as any sneaker. As we adults know all too well, formal shoes are often uncomfortable, especially when they're new and have not been broken in. By being comfortable from the first wearing, Hush Puppies kids' dress shoes solve two problems at once: They are perfect for extended, daily wear with a school uniform, offering the support many formal shoes lack, and they are also suitable for only occasional use at weddings or holiday dinners, feeling good even without a break-in period. Plus, they're reasonably priced from $37.95 to $64.95. I also appreciate the fact that the company offers several dressy shoes that use Velcro closures or that are slip-ons, because without a parent there to help out with an outfit change after gym class, the easier the shoes are to get on, the better. If you can get past the fact that many Hush Puppies look a bit dated, you will have found a brand that will never cause a fight between you and your kid. And stick with them, they have cool shoes for teens and grown-ups. Pros: Very comfortable for dress shoes, many options that are easy to get on and off, durable construction Cons: Not the most stylish kids' shoe brand The best kids’ casual shoe brand TOMS offers casual shoes in so many styles you will need to set aside an hour or two just to find pairs you and the kids like. Set aside a chunk of spare time, because the vast, varied selection of kids' shoes TOMS offers deserves your careful consideration. The company has dozens of options, and many come in myriad prints and materials. If you're willing to spend the time, you can surely find a perfect pair of shoes for your little ones. From their classic slip-on canvas shoes to lace-ups to Velcro to round-the-heel buckles, they have all sorts of styles that are suitable for boys and girls of a wide age range. And with pairs well over $60 and well under $30, their shoes suit most family budgets too. While TOMS offers plenty of near-dress shoes, it doesn't really offer any that are going to work with a school uniform or a wedding outfit. And while comfortable, their shoes aren't supportive enough for high-energy activities like sports or hiking. But for everyday life, from playdates to running errands with mom or dad to travel and beyond, it's hard to beat these shoes, especially when you can always find a pair that matches the (casual) occasion. TOMS has collections made just for babies, a line of "Tiny Shoes" for kids age 1 to 5, and youth shoes for the older kids (these start to look more like their adult shoes), so can have your kid's feet in TOMS from cradle to college. Then they can start buying their own shoes. Pros: Huge catalog to choose from, many styles come in myriad prints, company donates to charity Cons: Not as supportive as traditional sneakers, some pairs quite expensive The best kids' outdoor shoe brand Keen is not a kid-focused footwear company, they're a company that makes high-quality outdoor footwear for everyone. They bring the same craftsmanship to shoes and boots for men, women, and the littlest adventurers in the family. Far too often kids' shoes and boots are low quality compared to active footwear made for adults. Sure, kids outgrow shoes fast, and it can be a bummer to spend big bucks on short-lived gear, but when it comes to hiking, wintertime activities, or any adventure around the water, your kids need shoes and boots of the same quality as you'd demand for yourself. And that's what you'll get with Keen. You know you're in the right place for great outdoor shoes for kids when you hover over the "Kids" tab on Keen's website. One of the ways they have their footwear organized is "Shop by Activity," under which you will see Hiking, Water, Winter, and Travel. These are the exact same options by which you can sort adult shoes as well.  Keen's makes multiple kids' shoes ideal for outdoor use because they are waterproof, snug, and supportive, and because they stay on a kid's foot even when he's charging around through underbrush, mud, puddles, and more. During a recent camping trip, my son's Keens kept his feet dry despite multiple steps in standing water, and they stayed firmly on his feet during many a hike over mixed terrain. In fact, my son's Keen sneakers stay on his feet so well they're actually kind of hard to get off, and at present, he has yet to be able to put them on without assistance. But while on his feet, he said, unprompted, the shoes are "just as comfortable as my Plaes," and that's saying something for a kid who wears Plae sneakers more than any other shoe. Keen's kids shoes are decently priced, usually just north of $50. Their kids' winter boots are a bit steep, usually over $75 and often near $90, but they will keep those little feet warm and dry and those ankles and arches supported. Pros: High-quality materials, waterproof, supportive and durable Cons: Hard for kids to get on and off without help, some pairs too narrow The best kids’ shoe brand for gym Small feet deserve just the same support, rebound, and injury protection as adult feet, and that's what little feet get with running and training shoes from Adidas. The conventional wisdom goes that a runner needs new shoes every 300 miles to ensure proper support and protection. When, though, does this 300-plus mile standard commence? When an athlete turns 21? Maybe 18? Maybe younger? I say the right age for a high-quality running shoe is whenever your kid starts doing any regular running, be it in gym class, team sports, or simply because he or she loves being in motion. If your kid is anywhere near as active as most children are, there's a good chance they will hit that 300-plus mile mark before outgrowing a pair of shoes, so why not treat their feet as well as you would your own? Adidas offers multiple pairs of kids' shoes with the same informed design and excellent materials they use for their adult athletic shoes. This includes features like the proprietary Cloudfoam cushioning in the midsole that absorbs shock and creates excellent rebound. It means grippy outsoles that minimize slips and keep a youngster moving at top speed, and without marking surfaces, either. And it means shoes that fit securely and support ankles and arches. Some of Adidas kids' shoes are slip-ons, like the Rapidrun shoes ($60) that have a mesh upper, fabric collar, and two pull tabs to help a kid get them on. Others, like the Fortarun shoes ($55), use a traditional lacing system. Then of course adidas makes all sorts of more sport-specific kids' shoes, like Copa Firm Ground Cleats ($55) for soccer. Adidas kids' shoes are well priced when you look through the lens of genuine sport-ready footwear, though their genuine performance apparel is a bit limiting due to style — you wouldn't pair most of these shoes with a casual outfit as you can others on our list. But that's not what we're considering in this category anyway. Pros: Excellent cushioning and support, some pairs slip on with ease, good traction Cons: Not suitable for many casual outfits We also considered: There are a lot of companies out there making shoes for kids, and many of them make fine footwear indeed. These brands didn't make the main list not because their kids' shoes are subpar, but because the ones we did choose just offer a little something extra. In other words, if you go with shoes from this also-ran list, you'll be getting good stuff, don't you worry. Florsheim has kids' dress shoes that are classic and look great with slacks of many colors and textures, but they are not initially comfortable. The break-in period can be unpleasant, as great as they will look and feel once worn in some. Prices range from $50 to $90. Merrell was a strong consideration for best kids' shoes for outdoor use, and they make a range of boots and shoes that are comparable to Keen. The immediate comfort of Keen's hiking shoes, however, was the leg up in this case. They truly were comfortable on my son's feet the very first time we got them on him. Prices are very reasonable from $22 to $60. Dream Pairs offers plenty of very low cost kids' shoes in a range of styles ($17 to $23), but you can expect reduced quality with those lower prices. I'd recommend them primarily for the fastest growing of feet, or for shoes that will only be worn on occasion. http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2913409-best-shoe-brands-kids Fri, 30 2019 23:00:00 GMT http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2913409-best-shoe-brands-kids This soldier may look like Chewbacca, but his suit makes him one of the deadliest fighters on the battlefield To carry out their mission, snipers must be masters of concealment and be able to disappear in any environment, be it desert, woodland, sand, or snow. The ghillie suit, a kind of artificial camouflage, is key to concealment. The US Army recently released photos of a sniper school instructor showing off the various pieces of a sniper's ghillie suit. To effectively conceal themselves on the battlefield, snipers must also have an understanding of their environment and the tactics of concealment. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Snipers have to be able to disappear on the battlefield in a way that other troops do not, and the ghillie suit is a key part of what makes these elite warfighters masters of concealment. "A sniper's mission dictates that he remains concealed in order to be successful," Staff Sgt. Ricky Labistre, a sniper with 1st Battalion, 160th Infantry Regiment of the California National Guard, previously explained. Read more: Army snipers played hide-and-seek to test new camouflaged ghillie suits for next-level combat "Ghillie suits provide snipers that edge and flexibility to maintain a concealed position,"he added. A ghillie suit is a kind of camouflaged uniform that snipers use to disappear in any environment, be it desert, woodland, sand, or snow. US Army Staff Sgt. David Smith, an instructor at the service's sniper school, recently showed off a ghillie suit that he put together from scratch using jute twine and other materials.There are many different types of ghillie suit. This particular suit is designed for woodland or grassland environments, Fort Benning told Insider. Concealing yourself from from the watchful eyes of the enemy is about putting "anything you can between you and whatever might be observing you," Smith previously told Insider. "The main things we use to conceal ourselves would be the clothing we wear, our ghillie suits, and the hides we construct." Read more: America's deadliest sharpshooters reveal how they disappear in plain sight To design a ghillie suit for a mission, Army snipers "start with a base layer of artificial camouflage," Smith said, explaining that this allows them to "be a little more expedient in the field" because "it gives us a base we can change from a little bit more rapidly." A ghillie suit, as can be seen here, is designed with loose strips resembling natural backgrounds like grass, and they can, when designed and implemented properly, make snipers nearly invisible in the visual spectrum. The aim is to break up and distort the sniper's outline, making it harder for the enemy to spot them before it is too late. That requires more than just a well-designed suit. "The best tool snipers can use to disguise and conceal themselves from the enemy is a solid understanding of their surroundings," Capt. Greg Elgort, a company commander at the Army sniper school at Fort Benning, previously told Insider. Snipers also have to understand the tactics of concealment. They have to manage their tracks, scent, shadow, glare and any number of other things to avoid being spotted. When it all comes together, snipers become undetectable sharpshooters with ability to provide overwatch, scout enemy positions, or eliminate threats at great distances. "No one knows you're there. I'm watching you, I see everything that you are doing, and someone is about to come mess up your day," First Sgt. Kevin Sipes, a veteran Army sniper, previously told Insider. http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2890533-soldier-may-look-chewbacca-his-suit-makes-him-one-deadliest Tue, 20 2019 19:38:15 GMT http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2890533-soldier-may-look-chewbacca-his-suit-makes-him-one-deadliest The Lion King missed an opportunity to talk about the climate crisis | Greta Moran Like the movie’s characters, the audience is experiencing the unprecedented, rapid destruction of earth – but the film doesn’t acknowledge itThe Lion King was my first, brief encounter with grief. When watching the original 1994 movie, I bolted from the theater the moment the benevolent lion king Mufasa died, not yet able to stomach the idea of a life so abruptly lost. It was only recently that I returned to a theater to see the second half of the movie, this time the 2019 reboot. This time I was surprised to be overcome by a different form of grief.Over the course of the nearly two-hour, photorealistic movie, I felt a creeping sadness as the lush, biodiverse African savanna – a mixed grassland-woodland ecosystem – turned to desert. All signs of green vanish. Antelope bones litter the dry land. The lions cower in fear while looking onto the remains of their homeland – the dusty, dried-up earth and the craggy, leafless trees. Eventually, at the height of destruction, fire engulfs everything. Continue reading... http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2889134-lion-king-missed-opportunity-talk-about-climate-crisis-greta Tue, 20 2019 10:00:36 GMT http://wheatland.ipub.us/news/2889134-lion-king-missed-opportunity-talk-about-climate-crisis-greta