News That's Overshadowed Right Now

PSA: Be safe, stay home, and stay informed. -Ed

Finding news that's not about the crisis feels increasingly like playing Where's Waldo. Which is a shame, because there's a lot of important and/or interesting things happening that have no connection to the pandemic.

Things like ...

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AUSTRALIA'S BUSHFIRE SEASON, THE WORST ON RECORD, OFFICIALLY ENDED ON MARCH 31. On April 2, the first rescued koalas were released back into the wild.Source: The Independent, Al Jazeera

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MALAYSIA PUT A DENT IN WILDLIFE SMUGGLING. On April 1, Malaysian law enforcement busted a pangolin smuggling ring and seized six tons of pangolin scalSource: Live Science

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ANCIENT CHINESE NOBLEWOMEN PLAYED POLO ON DONKEYS. One of the polo donkeys' skulls Anthropologists found donkeys with odd leg bones in a noblewoman's Source: https://www.livescience.com/donkey-polo-tang-dynasty-china.html

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THE U.S. NAVY IS DEPLOYING NEAR VENEZUELA TO FIGHT DRUG SMUGGLING. This involves warships, surveillance aircraft and ground troops, and it's one of thSource: AP News

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THE YAKUZA IS SLOWLY DYING. On April 2, Japanese police announced that Yakuza membership fell for the 15th year in a row in 2019. There were 87,000 YaSource: Nippon.com

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NASA IS FIGHTING LOCUST SWARMS IN AFRICA. Since December 2019, Africa's locust swarms grew huge thanks to unusual climate conditions, according to tSource: Space.com

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THANKS TO A FEDERAL COURT RULING, THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE MIGHT CLOSE. Its current permits violate the National Environmental Policy Act, the courtSource: The Guardian

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IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2020, GERMANY GOT OVER HALF OF ITS POWER FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES. That's the first time this happened, and it was thanks to recSource: Clean Energy Wire

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RESEARCHERS FOUND OUT THAT ANTARCTICA USED TO LOOK LIKE THE AMAZON. In a 90-million-year old layer of a sediment core from West Antarctica, they foundSource: Live Science

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NORTH MACEDONIA JOINED NATO AS ITS 30TH MEMBER, AND RUSSIA IS MAD. Neighboring Montenegro and Albania are already members, giving NATO a solid stronghSource: EURACTIV

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SCIENTISTS SAY THAT, BY 2050, WE CAN FULLY HEAL THE DAMAGE WE'VE DONE TO THE OCEANS. A review in Nature found that many conservation efforts worldwideSource: The Guardian

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A TEACHER WHO STOPPED A SUICIDE WILL GET THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR. Keanon Lowe disarmed a student who was about to shoot himself with a shotguSource: CNN