News of the Earth - September Edition

News of the Earth - September Edition

Environmental Good News Stories

There is a lot to be worried about when it comes to our environment. But there are also plenty of reasons to be hopeful. Here are some recent positive environmental news stories from around the world.

Wind power in the UK – Physics World

1. Global Wind Energy Council Report Reveals Hope in Renewables Industry

A recent report from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has revealed stronger than expected growth within the offshore wind industry. The world's capacity for offshore wind power generation could grow eightfold by the end of the decade as China invests in increasing capacity. The report revealed that offshore wind could generate 900,000 jobs over the next ten years. And this technology could play a crucial role in post-Covid recovery. This is great news for tackling the climate crisis too: every 1GW of offshore wind helps avoid emission of 3.5m tonnes of carbon dioxide. China's moves to increase capacity mean that the rate of growth in the wind power industry is expected to accelerate in the next ten years. This is just one of the good news stories coming from the renewables sector over recent months.

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Netherlands doubles renewable energy subsidies - Smart Cities World

Good News For Green Energy as The Benefits of ESG Investment Become Clear

38 U.S.-based companies are currently generating at least 50% of their revenue from clean-energy products or clean technology. As a group, their sales are expected to rise 9% this year, 30% in 2021 and 23% in 2022, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Investing in companies with good sustainability credentials increasingly makes sound financial sense, as well as being the right thing for people and planet. This means, more and more investors and corporations are getting on board. This is, of course, great news for our environment. The more big companies and investors see going green as also being good for the bottom line - the more likely it is that we will see the change we have to see. One big company, arguably pushed by financial motives to reduce oil and gas production, is BP. They plan to increase renewable energy generating capacity 20-fold, and will almost halve their fossil fuel production in the next ten years. This is just of of many large companies that have recognised that they need to reinvent themselves to survive in a greener future. The performance of sustainable companies during the Covid-19 crisis means that such good news stories continue to roll in.

 

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Ecosystem Restoration Will Green Degraded Desert Landscape in Somalia

The Nuugaal Valley in Puntland, Somalia is a semi-desert grassland ecosystem that has been degraded through conflict and human misuse. The great news is that interns are currently being sought for an exciting new restoration project. The advertisement has been created and applications from those with appropriate experience and qualifications are rolling in. These interns will undergo training at SEKEM in Egypt next year, and will become trainers who will help to educate the local community and develop an ecosystem restoration camp close to Garowe. This offers great hope for one of the global areas worst affected by our climate crisis. Re-greening this area will tackle many of the challenges faced in the region, boost resilience, and offer much needed hope for a better future.

 

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 Seagrass ecosystem services (Grass Roots Biology)

Seeds Sown in Seagrass Ecosystem Restoration Project

The latest in a series of seagrass ecosystem restoration projects, such as the largest and most successful seagrass restoration project in the world, in Chesapeake Bay, United States. This is one more great step towards marine ecosystem regeneration. Earlier this year, the biggest seagrass restoration project ever undertaken in the UK was launched. One million seagrass seeds were collected. The seeds will be cultivated, before being planted in Dale Bay in Pembrokeshire, where they will grow into a 20,000 m2 seagrass meadow. Now, the first seeds have been planted in another project, in the seagrass cultivation laboratory at the National Marine Aquarium. This is an exciting step in a major habitat restoration project funded by EU LIFE and led by Natural England. As part of this project, the Ocean Conservation Trust will cultivate plants to help restore up to 8 hectares of lost seagrass meadows within Special Areas of Conservation in UK waters.

 

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 This local guide located a spectacular rhododendron in bloom in the Cromwell Mountains of Papua New Guinea

Amazing Biodiversity Revealed on New Guinea

We often hear news of biodiversity losses. But it is good to know that amazing biodiversity still exists in certain parts of the globe. We need to know about the flora of a region in order to be able to protect it. So it is great news to hear that the first full inventory of all plant-life on the tropical island of New Guinea has been created. It reveals that more than 13,000 different species can be found there – a staggering two thirds of which are found nowhere else on Earth. This amazing inventory gives us amazing tools to promote and protect biodiversity moving forwards.

 

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Emperor Penguins: Good Dads, but Less Dedicated Than You May Have Thought -  The New York Times

There Are More Emperor Penguins Than Previously Thought

Speaking of biodiversity – one other recent piece of good news is that satellite images have revealed that there are 11 emperor penguin colonies on Antarctica that were previously unknown. This boosts the known colonies of these endangered birds by 20%. The new colonies discovered are not large. But they do mean that there are about 5-10% more of these penguins than it was previously thought that there were. Of course, emperor penguins are still under threat. But hearing about these new colonies is still a small piece of positive news.

 

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The coronavirus pandemic is making Earth vibrate less - CNN

Lockdown Halved Human-Linked Earth Vibrations Between March and May 2020

New research by the Royal Observatory of Belgium, Imperial College London, and other institutions around the world has revealed that a significant reduction in human activity during lock downs has caused human-linked vibrations in the Earth to drop by an average of 50%. This is believed to be the longest and most pronounced dampening of human-created seismic noice since monitoring began. This quiet period has allowed scientists to understand more about our human noise vibration and its impact on the Earth. It could also make it easier to detect warning signs of impending natural disasters.


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