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Horse rescue two miles out at sea in California

A horse that got spooked during a photo shoot on a California beach took a three-hour swim in the ocean before he was rescued by the Harbor Patrol and the Santa Barbara Coast Guard.

(BBC NEWS) SANTA BARBARA - A dramatic horse rescue has taken place in Summerland, California, after a photo shoot at the beach went wrong. The horse being used panicked and bucked the rider off, according to Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol.

It then swam about two half miles out to sea. Harbor Patrol and the Santa Barbara Coast Guard had to secure the horse to the side of the boat to bring it back to shore.

The horse was exhausted when it arrived on shore, but it was thought to be otherwise well.

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How The War Is Doing Long-Term Damage To Ukraine's Fertile Soil

Ukraine's fertile soils used to feed the world. But even when the war ends, food production will take decades to recover because of damage to the land.

Photo of a missile in the dirt

A tailpart of a missile sticks out of the ground in the village of Chornobaivka, near Kherson

Oleksandr Decyk and Vitaly Alekseev

KYIV — After the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, most of the world's consumers of agricultural products such as wheat, sunflower oil and corn suddenly learned that most of these products were grown in Ukraine. They also discovered that this is a country whose fertile lands feed a significant part of Africa and Europe.

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Without its wheat and sunflowers, many all over the world will starve to death. So, the war in Ukraine has become a world war. And even when the hostilities end, Ukraine will not be able to immediately resume feeding the world, as Russian troops are destroying the basis of its agriculture — chernozem soil.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, during the war in Ukraine, significantly degraded agricultural land increased by 13%. A significant percentage of the land is at risk of degradation. Scientists call it ecocide – the deliberate destruction of Ukraine's ecosystem. More than 200,000 hectares of territories in the combat zone are contaminated with mines, shells, and debris.

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