During the past few decades the amount of water in the Volga Basin has gone from one extreme to the other. In the spring of 1979, 1994, 2006 and 2006, the river overflowed its banks, flooding hundreds of private houses.
Around 10 million pairs of usable spectacles are discarded each year in Europe and North America. These can be used to help people in the developing world to afford glasses. Most opticians now act as collection points for old glasses, so drop yours off and give them a new lease on life.
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