Glaciers increase in size: Scientists have found that glaciers in the Karakoram mountain in western Himalayas have grown in size. Reasons for this occurrence are not known. The research conducted by French scientists is published in Nature Geoscience.
Norway killer’s trial: Anders Behring Breivik is in court for admittedly killing 77 people in Norway last summer. Breivik, who has shown no remorse for the murders, pled not guilty. Attacks occurred in a blast in Oslo near government buildings and at Utoya Island where the ruling party held a youth camp. Breivik has been described as a right-wing Christian extremist who has expressed his disdain for multiculturalism.
In Latin America
Climate Change Act: Mexico’s House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would require future administrations to meet set targets to cut emissions. Mexico’s legislation would require a 30 percent carbon emissions cut by 2020 and 50 percent by 2050. Senate approval is still needed. If passed, Mexico’s climate law would make it the second country in the world to pass this type of law, only following the UK.
Secret Service scandal: Eleven Secret Service agents’ top security clearance have been revoked after allegations of misconduct involving prostitutes arose. The incident allegedly took place prior to President Obama’s arrival to Colombia for the Summit of the Americas. The agents are being investigated for bringing several prostitutes to a hotel in Cartagena near where Obama would stay. Reports have indicated that members of the U.S. military are also under investigation. Prostitution is not illegal in Colombia.
In North America
Green Climate Fund: Six countries have submitted their name to headquarter the Green Climate Fund. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will announce who the host country will be later this year. The six countries up for consideration are Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Poland, South Korea and Switzerland. The Green Climate Fund will provide aid of up to $100 billion a year to the world’s poor while also counteracting global warming.
Recycling for a cause/record: Sims Recycling Solutions, operating in 14 U.S. cities, is holding a massive recycling event around the world in April. The electronic reuse and recycling company is holding the event across several states in the U.S. and in countries such as Australia, England, India and South Africa. A Guinness World Record will be attempted for electronic recycling in a 24-hour period in various locations.
Forestry recognition: The National Arbor Day Foundation recognized the city of Boulder as a Tree City USA for the 28th year in a row and the University of Colorado Boulder as a Tree Campus USA for the 2nd year in a row.
In the Middle East
Earth Day celebrations: Oman will celebrate International Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. It will celebrate the day with its “One Earth, One Family: Ignite the Spirit of Humanity” event.