One person´s solution to Irelands housing, lack of housing, crisis.
A former soldier in Ireland has given his three-bedroom home to a young family who were on the waiting list for a new home for seven years.
Paddy Phelan gave up his social housing home to Kieran Ritchie and fiancee Lauren, and their two children who were living in a much smaller home.
Phelan, who lives in Abbeyleix, Co Laois, decided to leave the three-bedroom house he called home for 12 years and downsize to a one bedroom residence as he was “sick of seeing the amount of houses lying idle and families struggling.”
Phelan told The Independent: “I was hearing through the media about families crying out for houses and I was thinking to myself well here I am. I’m in a three-bedroom house and I think the right thing to do would be to downsize to a smaller house.
I’ll never forget the look on all their faces and to see how happy the children were. I’m happy for them and I can only wish them well. Please god it would send out a message to other people to consider.”
Phelan is encouraging others who are living in houses with unused bedrooms to consider downsizing, too.
“It’s a crying shame that these houses are lying basically idle,” he said. “People should seriously consider their position and accommodate a family if they can.”
NASA Confirms Earth Is Greener Today Than 20 Years Ago
March 1, 2019
The world is a greener place than it was 20 years ago, and China and India can take a majority of the credit.
A new study from NASA shows that the two countries with the world’s biggest populations are leading the increase in greening on land. The effect stems mainly from ambitious tree planting programs in China and intensive agriculture in both countries.
This new insight was made possible by a 20-year-long data record from a NASA instrument (MODIS) orbiting the Earth on two satellites.
There are now more than two million square miles of extra green leaf area per year, compared to the early 2000s – a 5% increase
“China and India account for one-third of the greening, but contain only 9% of the planet’s land area covered in vegetation – a surprising finding, considering the general notion of land degradation in populous countries from overexploitation,” said Chi Chen of the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University, in Massachusetts, and lead author of the study.
“When the greening of the Earth was first observed, we thought it was due to a warmer, wetter climate and fertilization from the added carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, leading to more leaf growth in northern forests, for instance,” said Rama Nemani, a research scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center, and a co-author of the study. “Now, with the MODIS data that lets us understand the phenomenon at really small scales, we see that humans are also contributing.”