The lives of immigrants

Hundreds of thousands of U.S. immigrants stayed home today in protest of President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.
Their boycott is meant to prove how crucial immigrants are to the daily operations and culture of America. Thousands of businesses and restaurants have closed in solidarity, while others have remained open and pledged to donate their proceeds to nonprofits which aid Latino communities. The Day without Immigrants comes after ICE agents arrested more than 680 people across the country last week. [NPR]

America’s churches are offering sanctuary to immigrants.
Jeanette Vizguerra, a mother of four who has lived in the U.S. since 1997, entered a Colorado church yesterday seeking sanctuary. She is believed to be the first immigrant to do so, however, churches and faith communities across the country are preparing to offer the same support to any person who is living in fear of deportation. [NPR]

Our national parks

National Parks and Forests are offering free entry on Presidents’ Day.
That’s next Monday, Feb. 20th. [L.A. Times]

Climate Change

A new study revealed that the impact of climate change on our endangered species has been extremely underestimated.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature currently lists 7 percent of endangered mammals and 4 percent of endangered birds as being affected by climate change. However, a new study just found that climate change’s impact is actually much, much larger — half of all endangered mammals and a quarter of all endangered birds have been affected. [Scientific American]

Greenpeace just linked Beijing’s worsening air pollution to its increase in steel production.
Beijing’s air was already some of the worst in the world. Now that China has increased its steel production — despite their pledge to drastically cut it — the city is experiencing an even larger surge in poor air quality. Steel production requires the burning of coal, making the steel industry the second-largest releaser of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. The first being power generation, which also depends on coal. [New York Times]

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