National Park Service rescinds ban on plastic water bottles – a bad and dangerous policy for wildlife

Plastic pollution – such as shown here in the Grand Canyon prior to the plastic water ban – will likely now become a common scene again.

In what is clearly bowing to pressure from both our infamous, uh, illustrious national leader and lobbying (as with beaucoup dollars thrown at them or the federal agency that oversees it) by plastic bottle manufacturers, the National Park Service has announced it’s lifting the 6-year ban on the sale of plastic water bottles within national parks.

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10 National Parks (areas) you haven’t heard about

Lake Kuzitrin, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska. Photo credit: National Park Service

Lake Kuzitrin, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska. Photo credit: National Park Service

Editor’s Note:  I came across this article earlier today. As a Nature lover, I was surprised to learn about these national treasures. Perhaps if we know of them we can appreciate them more.

Of the 401 parks managed by the National Park Service, there are definitely some fan favorites—the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite. Each year nearly 275 million visitors flock overwhelmingly to the big names on the NPS list.

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Astonishing Glass Sky Walk in China – walk with your fear!

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For many, just the mention of heights strikes terror in their soul. Even braver folks may pause when faced with walking on the remarkable glass Skywalk over the Grand Canyon. Not to be outdone, the Glass Sky Walk, one of China’s newest tourist attractions, is clearly not for the faint of heart.

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This 70 foot walkway, suspended over the cliff face of the Tianmen Mountain, is made of 2.5 inch crystal-clear glass. It gives brave tourists a magnificent view from 4,700 feet above sea level. To protect the walkway’s glass and keep the glass path clean, tourists are asked to put shoe covers on before beginning their breath-taking walk.

After looking at these pictures and the video, you have to wonder: would you have the courage to not only walk on it but to LOOK DOWN?