Evergreen Issues: PG&E Accused of Starting Some Cal Fires, Lava Boils Lake Away and Female Exercise Rates Drop After High School

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HERE ARE YOUR EVERGREEN ISSUES:

1. PG&E Possibly Responsible for Cal Fires

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California is one big tinder box – as we saw from the 2017 fire season. Recently, the state fire protection agency, Cal Fire, accused PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric) in a report for 12 of those fires. Cal Fire says faulty power lines or equipment sparked the fires which spanned from Napa to Humboldt Counties. The report says that in some cases the electric and gas company did not meet state safety standards.


PG&E said in a statement:

“We look forward to the opportunity to carefully review the Cal Fire reports to understand the agency’s perspectives. Based on the information we have so far, we continue to believe our overall programs met our state’s high standards.”

According to Curbed San Francisco: 

“The entirety of the 2017 firestorm killed at least 44 people, charred 245,000 acres, and destroyed thousands of homes and structures.”

PG&E already faces hundreds of lawsuits.

2. Lava Boils Away Fresh Water Lake

Hawaii’s Kilauea has been erupting for weeks. It’s latest victim: the largest fresh water lake on the Hawaiian Islands, Green Lake. According to USGS, lava flowed into the lake and evaporated all of the water.

“The flow continued advancing into Kapoho Crater and Kapoho Beach Lots. At 10 AM, lava entered Green Lake within Kapoho Crater producing a large steam plume. By 1:30 PM the steam plume had ceased and by 3 pm, a Hawaii County Fire Department overflight reported that lava had filled the lake and apparently evaporated all the water. ” – USGS

The 200-foot-deep lake was boiled off in 90 minutes.

3. Female Exercise Rates Drop After High School

According to a study released in JAMA Pediatrics, women are dropping out of the gym and off the field in alarming rates after high school, especially in comparison to their male counterparts. The new is even worse for women of color.

88% – Teenage Boys who are physically active.
78% – Teenage girls who are physically active.

73% – Young men who stay active after high school.
62% – Young women who stay active after high school.

NPR further broke down the numbers and says:

“For women of color, this drop in exercise is even more stark. Close to 70 percent of black women say they are physically active in their teens, but only around 45 percent are active when they reach their 20s.”

At Evergreen Girls one of our many goals is to support women in the outdoors and that means girls being ACTIVE.