What in the world is going on? Your weekly news brief


     These news briefs are very condensed and readers are advised to look up the full length stories to receive all of the available information.

Florida School Shooting

     17 people, students and adults, have been reported dead after a tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida.
Gun shots were first heard around the time of dismissal, roughly 2:40pm, and they continued for several minutes.

     The school was immediately put on lockdown and students were seen escaping from opposite sides of the building. Parents embraced their children as they found them safe outside of the school.

     The suspect has been taken into custody and has been identified as a former student of the high school. The gunman was armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 and multiple magazines.

     Students, parents and locals are surprised by the attack as Parkland is a fairly affluent area known for their good public schools.
This is the latest in a series of violent attacks in the US.

Immigration Deal?

     A bipartisan group calling themselves the Common Sense Coalition have drafted an immigration deal that they hope is a perfect compromise for Trump, Republicans and Democrats.

    Though President Trump has said he will sign any bill Congress puts on his desk he has recently suggested that he will veto plans that do not adhere to his strict view on immigration policies.

     The Common Sense Coalition will now try to determine whether or not they can get enough Congress members to vote for it.

     The bill gives $25 billions for the proposed wall as well as limit family-based immigration, increase tower-based surveillance as well as sensors and drones and will deploy the National Guard to construct the border fencing and operate surveillance equipment. While this is in alignment with Trump’s hard approach to immigration the bill will also provide a path to citizenship for the 1.8 million Dreamers.

     It is unclear at this point whether or not the bill will make it to Trump’s desk but it may be the compromise politicians have been looking for.

Peruvian National Park

     In a move that contrasts with America’s efforts to downsize protected monuments and land, Peru has declared a new national park, Yaguas National Park.

     The rainforests in the northeast of Peru are vast and home to an array of flora and fauna not found anywhere else on Earth. The Peruvian government has decided to protect this land from development and deforestation by making it a national park.This area has been said to be one of the last great intact forests on the globe.

     Peru has recognized climate change and wants to play a positive role in Humanity’s future on Earth. The new park is now part of a network of parks and reserves that inhabit a few different South American countries. The Andes-Amazon Initiative stresses that these large blocks of land need to stay connected in order to truly protect the wildlife and indigenous peoples that live in them.

     There will soon be proposals to include three quarters of the Putumayo River in a large corridor across northern Peru. This would ensure safety for hundreds of animal species as well as reduce potential carbon emissions.

      Scientists and activists hope to also protect the recently discovered peat bogs that store large amounts of carbon that is vital to the health of the forest.