A Silicon Valley company named Allbirds has developed a shoe made from eucalyptus fibers. Co-founder Joey Zwillinger, a biotech engineer, said the company has been developing the new material since its launch two years ago. There are two types of the shoe made from tree fibers for sale, tree skippers, and tree runners. The new material that wicks away sweat is said by Allbirds to be comfortable, breathable, and silky smooth.
The company stated that the new line of eucalyptus shoes will require only five percent of the resources currently used in a traditional shoe made of rubber, leather, plastic or a combination.
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Youngstown, OH – Ohio Department of Transportation worker John Pasko died after he was struck by an SUV while chipping brush. Pasko was part of a brush-clearing crew when he was struck at about 12:35 PM under the Market Street bridge. There was no word on the identity of the SUV driver, who was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for a medical emergency. It was unclear if the medical emergency happened before or after the SUV struck Pasko.
Lt. William Ross, head of the traffic unit, said a cause of the accident has not yet been determined.
For more information; http://www.vindy.com/news/2018/mar/16/suv-strikes-odot-worker-clearing-brush-i-680/
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Saint-Martial-de-Nabirat, France – 64-year-old Gilles Laporte was found hanging off a tree branch close to his home on Tuesday afternoon. According to Jean-Pierre Coudoumie, the mayor of the village, Gilles had been pruning trees for several days. He was using a chainsaw to cut into a tree trunk in front of him at the level of his face when the saw plunged into his neck. He died instantly.
Gilles was wearing a safety harness, ‘visor’, and thick gloves at the time of the accident. He was discovered by a neighbor who then called for help.
For more information; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5504475/Man-accidentally-slit-throat-chainsaw-France.html
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Carver, MA – A 33-year-old Rhode Island man was injured when he fell. The employee of Stanley Tree Service was responding to a call for a downed tree. When he attempted to get into the bucket of the boom truck he lost his footing, slipped, fell and hit his head. A police officer that was already on the scene blocking the road saw the accident and immediately called for an ambulance. The man was rushed to the hospital with head trauma and facial injuries. He was alert and talking despite his serious injuries.
For more information; https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/Tree-Worker-Rushed-to-Hospital-After-Falling-Trying-to-Get-In-Bucket-476705133.html
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Fairfield, AL – A man was found dead in the top of a tree he was cutting on Friday afternoon. Police Chief Nick Dyer said the man was up in the tree when part of a limb he had just cut fell onto his safety lines and crushed him. He was pronounced dead at the scene in the tree.
The victim’s identity has not been released.
For more information; http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2018/03/man_dies_in_tree_while_cutting.html
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Sandy Springs, GA – A Georgia Power employee was injured after a tree fell and struck the bucket he was using while doing utility work. The company was able to lower the man to safety after the incident. Georgia Power spokesperson Craig Bell said the employee was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
No other information was provided.
For more information; https://patch.com/georgia/sandysprings/tree-falls-strikes-utility-workers-bucket-sandy-springs
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More people live in cities than ever before and by 2050, 6 billion people or as much as 70% of the global population is expected to live in urban areas. But rapid urbanization does not need to result in polluted urban sprawl. Trees and urban forests can make our cities greener, healthier and happier places to live by cooling the air, filtering out harmful pollutants and mitigating the effects of climate change.