Trees are Getting Shorter and Younger

The world’s collective forests have become shorter and younger overall in the past 50 years, according to a study published in the journal Science on Friday. This means that forests have less capacity to remove carbon from the atmosphere and are less hospitable to the many species that rely on them for shelter. Oh, and it’s going to get worse. Continue reading Trees are Getting Shorter and Younger

Only Half of Americans Say They’ll Get Vaccinated for Covid-19, According to New Poll

Only about half of Americans say that they’d like to get vaccinated for the new coronavirus if or when a vaccine becomes available, according to a new poll from the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll, which was conducted between May 14-18, is a troubling sign that Americans may not be able to achieve herd immunity through vaccination. Continue reading Only Half of Americans Say They’ll Get Vaccinated for Covid-19, According to New Poll

The Life And Times Of The First Black Nurse In The United States

Today, we celebrate the life and times of the First Black woman to become a nurse in the US.

Mary Eliza Mahoney, born on May 7th, 1845 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, was the first African American to study and work as a professionally trained Nurse in the United States. In 1879, Mahoney was the first African American to graduate from an American school of nursing. Continue reading The Life And Times Of The First Black Nurse In The United States

One of the Earliest Memorial Day Ceremonies Was Held by Freed Slaves

Memorial Day was born out of necessity. After the American Civil War, a battered United States was faced with the task of burying and honoring the 600,000 to 800,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who had died in the single bloodiest military conflict in American history. The first national commemoration of Memorial Day was held in Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1868, where both Union and Confederate soldiers are buried. Continue reading One of the Earliest Memorial Day Ceremonies Was Held by Freed Slaves