Tennessee-born kayaker makes second tallest waterfall descent on record
Last Friday, Tennessee-born kayaker Dane Jackson made the second tallest waterfall descent in known history down Chile’s 134-foot Salto del Maule waterfall. Jackson originally set his sights on Salto del Maule over five years ago and has spent years gathering knowledge of the ideal conditions to pull off such a feat.
Jackson’s achievement now ranks as the second tallest waterfall descent on record behind Palouse Falls, Washington, USA. “This is what happens when obsession becomes reality,” Jackson said.
Heavy rains cause storm sewer overflow in WNC
Days of heavy rain in WNC have caused 31 sewers to overflow, sending raw sewage into local waterways. “It all ends up in our creeks and rivers,” Hartwell Carson of French Broad Riverkeeper told 13 WLOS. “You might see it come into the street, it flows down the street, to the storm drain, to the creek.”
According to WLOS, the wet weather discharged ten times more water than average into sewer systems in early February. When sewage overflow occurs, the public is advised to think twice before paddling, swimming or fishing in the river.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Seventeen-year-old Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist that has taken the world by storm, has been nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. Thunberg rose to fame by encouraging students to skip school to join protests demanding government action on climate change and founded the Fridays for Future movement.
Thunberg was nominated by two Swedish lawmakers. Last year, Thunberg was nominated for the same prize by three Norwegian Parliament members. She was also named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2019.