Million-tree mission hopes to fix reforestation flaws

Good News Notes: “It’s an environmental policy embraced by heads of state, multinational businesses and even leading climate sceptic Donald Trump: plant more trees to help the planet and slow global warming. But experts claim some recent mass tree-planting schemes have failed to reduce greenhouse gases when not done properly, and even harmed the environment….

How sportscar ace Habsburg is speeding to save trees in 2021

Good News Notes: “Racing is something I’ve been doing intensely for the past 12 years since I started karting when I was 11. In that period of my life, I had school that I had to complete until I was 17, and then after that I was just fully focusing on racing all the way….

Coffee pulp helps Costa Rican forests grow back from deforestation

Good News Notes: “Just like us, forests move faster with a little coffee in their system. A recent experiment tested whether coffee pulp, a leftover of the coffee growing process, could help bring Costa Rica’s rainforests back to life. Researchers from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa tested two plots to see how the coffee…

Saudi Arabia sees fields of green with major tree-planting drive

Good News Notes: “Saudi Arabia aims to plant 10 billion trees in the coming decades as part of an ambitious campaign unveiled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday to reduce carbon emissions and combat pollution and land degradation. The de facto ruler of the world’s top oil exporter said that Saudi Arabia aims…

Mercado Libre Funds Reforestation Program in Brazil

Good News Notes: “Latin American e-commerce giant Mercado Libre has tapped local tech startup Pachama to monitor the reforestation program it has funded in Brazil. The online retailer has released US$8 million in initial investment for the ecological program known as ‘Regenera America’ . The project will be carried out by global environmental organizations — The Nature Conservancy (TNC)…

University of the Cumberlands to assist in reforestation of surface-mined land

Good News Notes: “The University of the Cumberlands has joined several conservation organizations to convert surface-mined land into forestlands just outside of Williamsburg in Kentucky. Officials said the property has been cleared of unwanted vegetation and cross-ripped to loosen the soil to produce a better rooting medium for trees and flowering plants.  More than 73,000…

The human right that benefits nature

Good News Notes: “The history behind one of Costa Rica’s most important environmental commitments reads something like a legal fairytale. It started nearly 30 years ago, with a young boy who wanted to stop the pollution in his neighborhood and ended with a constitutional reform. The impacts of the boy’s efforts are still causing ripples…

Tazo Shows How Reforestation Can Make a Difference in Cities, Too

Good News Notes: “Reforestation has become the new best friend of companies seeking to burnish their sustainability profiles, but follow-on studies are beginning to demonstrate that an effective tree planting initiative is more complicated than it may seem. The Tazo Tea Company seeks to avoid the pitfalls and make a strong impact, through a carefully…