Planet roundup: Miami beach, national parks and more

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Happy Friday, everyone! Here at OutwardOn, we are dedicated to keeping you up to date on everything important happening on our planet, including the health of its resources, animals and more. So, each Friday we are bringing you Planet Roundup—the most important environmental news stories (the good and the bad) that happened during the week to make sure you’re caught up on everything.

Climate change is causing earlier springs in national parks


A new report was recently announced saying that three-quarters of 276 national parks are experiencing an earlier onset of spring. This is a problem because it inhibits the park’s ability to control invasive species, such as kudzu.

Read more about this here.

Rare lightning sprites seen above hurricane Matthew

While hurricane Matthew devastated many different people, it did do one cool thing. 400 miles south of Puerto Rico, lightning sprites were visible, which were produced when discharged electricity shoots out from the top of a cloud, instead of heading to the ground.

Read more about this phenomenon here.

Bringing styrofoam to the beach could now be pretty expensive

This weekend, Miami Beach put into effect a ban on bringing styrofoam onto the beach. This new ban also prohibits stores and restaurants from using or selling styrofoam, which experts say will end up making a huge difference.

Read more about this here.

India is about to ratify the Paris climate accord


The Paris climate accord is one of those new policies that is going to make huge strides in the fight against climate change. Following the U.S. and China, India has decided to join in on the global warming prevention fun.

Read more about this here.

Lauren is a part-time editorial and graphic contributor at 301 Digital Media who has a strange obsession with cats and a love for Drake that will never be reciprocated. Follow her on Instagram: @lpetermeyer

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