It’s Spring and the trees are blossoming, even though too many of the trees in Istanbul are over-pruned. Did I say the trees are blossoming? And I’ve decided to try something new on Biodivvy.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the bad environmental news available left and right. That’s why I’ve decided to compile some links to recent good biodiversity news in this post. If all goes well, I hope to continue offering good news updates once a month. I not only offer links to genuinely good news, I also try to find the beauty in the news that makes us cringe. In the face of so many depressing reports, we need our hope to blossom. Let me know what you think in the comments!
- The sixth International Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity (IPBES) Plenary is going on now in Colombia.
- Women-enabling biodiversity action plans have begun in Lao PDR and Myanmar.
- Debt swapping leads to ocean conservation in Seychelles.
- Central America has a new biological corridor in Belize to help the safe passage of large mammals between two large Nature reserves.
- China plans to expand its Science and Technology Ministry. On the plus side, this means China plans to update its endangered species list and better coordination between petty disputes between different departments.
- China, India and France have invested huge amounts into solar energy infrastructure.
- A piece of legislation known as the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA), which enables public land to be sold in exchange for land of high conservation value was reinstated with bipartisan support in the U.S. (almost unheard of these days).
- It’s not at all good news, but I’m at least humbled to hear that Sudan, the last living northern white male died among caring staff members at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.
- “Bird brain” is not an insult anymore, if you consider the mental powers of crows and ravens.
- It’s sea turtle season in Puerto Morales (Cancun). “Last year, the town reported 2,356 protected sea turtle nests along Puerto Morelos beaches that resulted in the release of more than 223,000 hatchlings into the sea.” This was a 100 percent increase from 2016.
- The Aral Sea, which was once the world’s fourth largest lake but then dried up due to agricultural water diversion, has begun to recover from “one of the world’s worst ecological disasters” due to the construction of a dam.
- New maps help the nomadic Sarawak people of Malaysia defend their land rights.
- Health professionals are on the side of the environment when it comes to fracking.
- Agriculture and biodiversity can collaborate to prevent biodiversity loss.
- Back-to-nature beekeeping is trending.
- Major fashion labels like Armani, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, and Tom Ford have all given up using real fur in their collections, and now Versace has too.
- People sometimes like to express their political views and beliefs through their choice of diet. This newly branded option, the “Wildevore Diet,” focuses on food choices that target ecological improvement.
- This deeply disturbing news article about the weakening of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the United States names the names of all of the industrial lobbyists who urged politicians to dismantle this 1970s law. The good news is that we know the names of the CEOs, businesses, and organizations destroying the biodiversity of migratory birds.
- The radar technology used in in the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAPP) has enables “near real-time deforestation monitoring under cloud cover.”
- Fifty years ago, we learned of Climate Change, and often it seems like we’ve done nothing apart from proactive forms of denial. The good news is that the first day of the rest of our lives is today. The other good news is that knowledge is power.