5 Lunchtime Links: What we’ve accomplished since the first Earth Day

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The city s Jason Alfaro centers the tree in the hole. Daisy Troop 1438 planted a fig tree at the Bastrop Community Garden on Main Street with the help of representatives of the city of Bastrop, YMCA and Texas Sage Master Gardeners. They were able to buy the tree and supplies by using their Girl Scout cookie sales money. Photo by Fran Hunter.
The city s Jason Alfaro centers the tree in the hole. Daisy Troop 1438 planted a fig tree at the Bastrop Community Garden on Main Street with the help of representatives of the city of Bastrop, YMCA and Texas Sage Master Gardeners. They were able to buy the tree and supplies by using their Girl Scout cookie sales money. Photo by Fran Hunter.

The city s Jason Alfaro centers the tree in the hole. Daisy Troop 1438 planted a fig tree at the Bastrop Community Garden on Main Street with the help of representatives of the city of Bastrop, YMCA and Texas Sage Master Gardeners. They were able to buy the tree and supplies by using their Girl Scout cookie sales money. Photo by Fran Hunter.

1. What we’ve accomplished since the first Earth Day.

While Earth Day serves to remind each of us of our responsibilities in protecting our blue marble, it can also be a day to look back and remember our accomplishments in environmental protection. National Geographic has a list of the major victories since the first Earth Day over 40 years ago.

2. Austin radio station goes “All Prince, all day.”

One radio station knew exactly how Austin’s Prince fans would want to mourn his death Thursday, the American-Statesman’s Gary Dinges reports. 96.3 RnB set their dials to “all Prince, all day” shortly after noon yesterday, playing favorites like “The Beautiful Ones,” “Purple Rain,” “I Would Die 4 U” and “1999.” Watch the cast of “Hamilton” honor the pop superstar in their own way, below:

3. No female directors scheduled in coming years for Fox, Paramount.

If you’re looking to see a 20th Century Fox or Paramount film directed by a woman in the next couple of years, we have bad news. TheWrap reports that both of the major film studios will release more than 20 consecutive male-directed movies before 2018.

4. “Game of Thrones” sends viewers into new season blindly.

With the show’s decision not to provide screeners to media ahead of Sunday’s premiere and the fact that the creators have nearly used all of George R. R. Martin’s original material, even the biggest “Game of Thrones” fans will head into the show’s sixth season without the slightest clue what might take place. The Atlantic repeats the questions every fan is asking ahead of Sunday.

5. Why have so many celebrities died this year?

According to BBC you weren’t just imagining it; statistics show a clear upward trend in celebrity deaths in 2016. It could be caused by something as simple as there are more famous people now than there used to be, and many of those who have passed this year were member of the baby boom generation.


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