Wildfire smoke from US stretches to Europe

US Wildfires

Smoke from the severe US wildfires burning across California, Oregon and Washington following recent hot and dry conditions has made its way across the Atlantic Ocean, according to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), a science agency that is part of the European Commission. Beginning in California and Colorado in mid-August, the fires spread to Oregon and Washington in early September. “Such transport of smoke at high altitude from North America to Europe is typically seen once or twice a year with wildfires in British Columbia, not the United States,”…

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Afghan women may be given right to be named on birth certificates

Afghan women giving more rights

Afghan women may soon be allowed to have their names on their children’s birth certificates, marking a huge milestone for women’s rights. The move comes as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reportedly signed an amendment giving birth mothers the right to be included on official government documents, according to ABC News. It has historically only been a privilege for the father. With no name, women have no identity and no rights. However, the amendment redefines the definition of identity. “The new identity would comprise of the person’s name, last name, father’s…

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